There are many misconceptions about essential oils. Just because they are not regulated by the FDA does not mean that you should take using them lightly.
There are three ways you can use essential oils: aromatically (in the air), on your skin – or transdermally, and in some cases they can be ingested through the mouth.
I remember reading a story about a girl who put orange essential oil on her neck before going tanning at the beach. She didn’t even think about how it would affect her, and then she got 3rd degree burns from the sun.
Pure essential oils are potent and volatile. As such, we should treat them with respect. Here are some important tips to use essential oils correctly.
Diffusing oils into the air
You should never diffuse your essential oils into the air with a tea light candle diffuser! If you are using quality essential oils, you will waste them with this method of diffusion. The heat from the candle is too hot for volatile essential oils.
An ultrasonic user should be used, so as not to boil off the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil. They might smell nice with a candle burner, but they will burn off quick and not give you the maximum benefit. Use wax melts if you are going to use a candle oil burner. They are beautiful for ambiance, too.
Using a mood mist like Platinum hormone balancing or Begin again smudge can be a great alternative for diffusing when you are on the go, because you still get the benefit of breathing in the goodness of essential oils.
Did you know it only takes 20 seconds of breathing essential oils for them to have an impact on your brain chemistry?
There are a few essential oils that can be hazardous to smell for sufferers of certain conditions, or those who are pregnant.
Here are the most prominent concerns:
Clary Sage: While great for when you are suffering from PMS, cramps, hot flashes, etc. Clary sage also brings on labor in pregnant women. So I would advise not to use it, or to only use moderately during pregnancy.
I am not a doctor, so please consult your healthcare practitioner if concerned about Clary Sage use during pregnancy.
Rosemary: (along with thyme, black pepper, cinnamon, peppermint, and clove) usually increases blood pressure. So these should be avoided if suffering from particularly high blood pressure.
Rosemary (along with fennel, sage, eucalyptus, hyssop, camphor and lavender) may trigger seizures for those who have epilepsy, and thus are not recommended.
Clove: has the propensity to cause increased bleeding. Therefore, pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding, to avoid potential health risks should avoid clove essential oil.
While some people use clove oil to remedy toothaches and mouth sores, because of its antibacterial, numbing effect, it may also cause a mouth burn, the same applies to skin.
On the skin
It can be nice to apply essential oils with a carrier oil to an affected area or to use it as perfume. For example, putting peppermint oil or lavender oil together with a carrier oil on the belly for digestion, sore muscles to ease them, temples for headaches, etc.
It is important, to reduce the risk of damaging the top layer of your skin (called desensitisation). Do not apply straight essential oil directly to the skin, or at least don’t make it a habit.
It is necessary to mix pure essential oils with a carrier before applying it to the skin. This, not only bulks up the oil – making you able to spread it over a larger area, it also makes it safe to use.
There are many household oils you can use on your skin for this purpose. Some of my favorites are grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil, macadamia oil, extra virgin olive oil, hempseed oil, sunflower oil and jojoba oil.
Here is a dilution ratio chart – regarding the safe amounts of pure essential oil one would add to a 10ml roller bottle.
Ingestion of essential oils
Ingestion of essential oils is a hotly debated topic. While certain companies will urge people to ingest them, I personally think we should only ingest certain essential oils, and only in VERY small quantities.
It takes approximately 75 lemons to fill a 15mL bottle of lemon essential oil. Furthermore, one drop of therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil is equal to having approximately 28 cups of peppermint tea. Be mindful. A little goes a long way.
Also, there is no way you would catch me ingesting essential oil made of things humans don’t eat normally. For example – don’t ingest cedarwood essential oil if you wouldn’t eat cedarwood! That’s just bananas!
If you have any other questions about safely using essential oils – don’t hesitate to contact me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org