Someone once compared essential oils to kitchen knives.
Both are tools, and both can be dangerous if used incorrectly.
Here are tips to avoid mistakes and get the most from essential oils.
Don’t Underestimate How Potent Essential Oils Are
Since they are derived from plants, we forget that essential oils are potent and can be harmful.
When you’re flavoring food with spices, a little goes a long way.
So the next time you plan to use essential oils on your skin, dilute them. At full strength, they might burn your skin.
Worse, you could end up becoming sensitized to them. That’s like developing a permanent allergy which prevents you from using them in the future.
Think of essential oils as spices or like tomato paste that needs to be diluted before you use them.
Using a carrier oil is essential when you use essential oils to treat acne because skin with pimples is already irritated.
Also, always dilute essential oils when using them on children or if you’re pregnant.
When you use essential oil to treat a small area, you can dilute it like this: add 3 drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil.
But if you plan to use the essential oil over your whole face or body, never put more than 2 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier.
For children, keep the dilution rate to 0.5%. That’s 3 drops of essential oil for each 4 teaspoons of carrier.
Don’t Diffuse Oils All Day Long
Aromatherapy can help relieve congestion, headaches, depression, muscle pain, and more. But too much of a good thing is still too much.
Essential oils aren’t like an IV drip. You don’t need to diffuse them all day long to reap the benefits of aromatherapy.
Try running your ultrasonic diffuser for a maximum of an hour at a time. Then turn it off and wait at least one hour before you run it again.
Nebulizing diffusers, since they disperse pure essential oil that isn’t diluted, only need to run for a few minutes at a time.
Admittedly, some scents linger longer than others. If you’re using a diffuser to help you sleep at or at night, put it on a timer.
If you’re concerned about getting bit, you might be better off treating your skin with mosquito-repelling essential oils. That way, the protection is always with you.
Don’t Settle for Low-quality Oils and Don’t Get Sucked into MLMs
It’s always tempting to save money, and collecting oils can be an expensive habit.
Please don’t settle for cheap oils. Buy from reputable brands that provide free analysis reports to prove the purity of their products.
Also, don’t think that you need to sign up as a reseller of essential oils to get deals. There are plenty of trustworthy companies that sell directly to the public these days.
Don’t Believe Everything You Read Online Without Double-checking
I love the Internet. It’s so easy to share information and look up answers.
But please, don’t believe everything you read online about essential oils.
If you’re enthusiastic about the topic, get a book like Essential Oil Safety or The Art of Aromatherapy written by world-famous expert Robert Tisserand.
It’s also easy to check medical claims against scientific research. Head on over to the US National Library of Medicine and search their site for recent publications. You can read many of the articles for free.
Don’t Forget to Explore the Possibilities
It’s all well and good to stick to diffusing oils. But avoid those perfumed oils that department stores sell. You don’t need them when you have the pure goodness of nature to enjoy.
Perhaps you’ve tried essential oils for treating a pimple or alleviating a backache.
But there’s so much more that you can do.
As you learn more about essential oils, you might try making your own homemade cleaners. You can deodorize shoes and trash cans and disinfect yoga mats.
Perhaps you’ll craft soap or lip balm as gifts for friends and family.
You can use essential oils to firm sagging skin and encourage hair growth, too.
Whatever you do, don’t just leave those bottles to rot in a drawer. Use them or pass them on to someone who will.
I hope you get to enjoy as many benefits as possible of essential oils.
The more time you spend learning about them and using them, the more amazing things you’ll discover.