DILUTING YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS
REDUCES RISK OF SKIN REACTIONS
We use the term diluting when discussing Topical or on the skin application of your essential oil.
“Topical” application of essential oils allows the oil to absorb into the skin. Some ways to use essential oils on your skin are:
*Apply to targeted areas and rub in
*Add to lotions, moisturizers or carrier oil
Diluting your essential oils before applying can help
*Reduce risk of skin reaction
*Slow evaporation time allowing for prolonged contact of your product.
Tip: if you use a "hot" oil like Oregano or a cooling oil like Peppermint and feel uncomfortable warmth or icy feelings just apply an unscented oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil or even the cooking oil in your cabinet to the area, this will further dilute the oil on your skin thereby stopping unwanted sensation , then proceed to wash off with soap and water.
HOW TO DILUTE YOUR ESSENTIAL OIL'S
Using the charts below add appropriate amount of drops of essential oil to a carrier such as doTERRA unscented lotion or Fractionated Coconut Oil. For simplicity sake you can go with a 1 to 1 ratio for more specific dilutions refer to the charts below. I will discuss the different carrier products in another blog post.
What to put it in?
You can mix on the go in your hand or in a roller bottle or any glass container.
Using an essential oil undiluted is called NEAT application. Do not be afraid of neat use. The bottoms of the feet are a great area to apply NEAT or if your in a pinch and do not have a carrier available then it is perfectly ok to use most oils NEAT on the skin. The issues arise with repeated use. Please also note the differences in HOT OILS and PHOTOSENSITVE OILS more details in our members only FAQ section.
The Issue: Repeatedly applying undiluted essential oil on the same location can cause skin irritation and even worse sensitization to an area which can result in you not being able to use a certain oil. This often happens to aromatherapists or massage therapists that are exposed multiple times daily to one particular essential oil for an extended period of time. Note this most often happens with EO's that have been enhanced with synthetic additives.
The Fix: Rotate where you apply, change up the oils you use and dilute if using daily. I also like to take a day or two to go completely OIL FREE.
The chart above is one of my favorites for people that are new to topical use of essential oil. Drop questions about diluting or where to find supplies like roller bottles in the comment section below.
WHAT TO DILUTE MY ESSENTIAL OIL WITH?
FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL IS MY FAV.
GRAPESEED OIL FOR USE ON MY FACE
UNSCENTED LOTION WHEN MOISTURIZING
Always Non GMO and always Organic.
These are just a few of many options.
Does purity matter?
Some people ask, “Does essential oil purity really matter?” Or, “What happens if I use essential oils that aren’t pure?”
The answer is yes—essential oil purity matters. If you use an oil that has been adulterated, contaminated, or loaded with synthetic fillers, you will not receive the full natural benefit of the plant. And in some cases, low-quality oils can even be dangerous and pose serious threats to your health.
This is why doTERRA cares so deeply about essential oil purity. If you use an impure oil, it can be difficult to feel the benefits of the oil and can possibly put your health at risk. However, when you use pure, unadulterated essential oils, they’ll be more effective, and you can stay within the bounds of safe use
A year from now you will have wished you started today.