Do’s and Doníts of Using Essential Oils

by Cary Caster | May 20, 2018 5:02 pm

Today, more and more people are taking their health and wellness into their own hands and essential oils are playing a major role. They feel empowered with all the accessible information and the ability to make educated decisions for a balanced, wholesome lifestyle. While this shift towards a more conscious consumer is great, the task to stay informed with an influx of information can be overwhelming and not all information is created equal. While it’s great to read up on and implement the newest and latest trends in health, fitness, and nutrition, there are also greater risks for getting misinformation and taking some of this advice out of context.

Since essential oils’ recent growth in popularity over the last 5 years, information in regard to using them in our daily lives has surfaced from experts, hobbyists, and bloggers alike. Their current accessibility for millions of people is both positive and negative. Being a Clinically Certified Aromatherapist and practicing this modality professionally for over 30 years, I learned early on that essential oils don’t just smell nice and have many active properties, but are truly liquid chemicals that can be extremely beneficial, but also harmful if not used correctly. I have seen many essential oil enthusiasts make recommendations for using essential oils with little more than a couple of hours of an introductory class, or perusing a popular book on the subject. I urge anyone interested in using essential oils to do their homework and find trusted sources to guide you through your exploration of using this proven source of healing.

While there are safe for health and wellness, there are a few major things to consider:

1) Make certain your essential oils are 100% pure with no synthetic fragrance or adulterations added.

– This certification requires extra testing to validate the purity of oils and the facility they are packaged in.

– Some essential oils are “wild-crafted ” and thus cannot be certified organic, but GC/MS testing will confirm quality.

2) Dilute essential oils safely for topical application.

-Dilute with a fatty/oil based carrier (lotions, massage oil, or cream) for proper dilution. Water will NOT dilute essential oils and you end up having pure oil floating on the surface of water, since oil and water don’t mix.

– The percentage of dilution for applying essential oils should take into consideration several factors:
– The form factor in which it is being applied: oil, lotion, mist or salve
– The purpose of the blend
– The condition one is treating, whether acute or chronic

3) Know about each oils’ safety concerns.

4) Know the current health of the user.

1) It is not recommended to use essential oils internally.

2) Don’t use essential oils directly on the skin without first diluting them in a carrier.

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