Safe Use of Essential Oils
- Use only pure essential oils derived from plants preferably endorsed by FDA and organizations such NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy ).
- Essential oils are for external use and not for ingestion.
- If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before essential oils.
- Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.
- 1% dilution: 5 to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil
- 2% dilution: 10 to 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil
- 3% dilution: 15 to 18 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil
- Test for skin sensitivities or any body reactions.
- Pay attention to oils that the photosensitive or oils that have a chemical, electrical, or other response to light such as the citrus oils.
- Keep all essential oils out of reach of young children. Pay attention to contraindications is using oils.
- Use with caution in using to pets. Always dilute essential oils.
- Don’t take essential oils orally for therapeutic purposes.
- Avoid overexposure to an essential oil either through skin or inhalation.
- Properly store essential oils in cool and dry place away from heat.
- Check the expiration dates of the essential oils.
- Use essential oils in moderation and be familiar with the properties and chemical make up.
Source: Aromatheraphy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathu Keville and Mindy Greene
How to Use Essential Oils
After Shower: After showering, while your skin is still wet, put 1-3 drops of essential oil in the palm of one of your hands and rub your hands together. Quickly and evenly spread the essential oil over your legs, arms, and torso. Avoid sensitive-skin areas. For maximum skin hydration and to seal in moisture, apply cream, lotion or body oil directly to damp skin.
Bath, Foot: Mix 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Set aside. Fill a tub (deep enough to cover your feet and ankles) with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and massage your feet.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring, and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring, and apply 3 more times.
Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Inhalation, Hot Water: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a small bowl of hot water. Keeping your eyes tightly closed, lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply yet gently, pause then exhale. Continue for 30 seconds. Inhale through your nose for respiratory or sinus conditions and through your mouth for throat issues or coughs. Repeat as desired.
Massage: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Room Mist: Mix 30-60 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting the mist into the eyes.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)