How to use Essential Oils Safely

There has been an increase in interest in essential oils. Some stores and shops have popped up with essential oils. But beware! they may not be what you think they are!

  1. Make sure they are pure therapeutic essential oils.
    Some manufacturers are just that. Manufacturers. They make essential oils. Pure therapeutic grade oils are not manufactured but rather obtained from plant material. Pure therapeutic grade essential oils have:
    – no fillers
    – no preservatives
    – no additives
    they just have pure substances from the plant. If it doesn’t say Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils… then don’t use it.

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  2. Dilute essential oils when using topically on the skin. 
    Some essential oils are fine to use “neat” (without dilution) but most should be used diluted with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, jojoba oil or almond oil. Some oils you can use without dilution are:
    – Lavender
    – Chamomile
    – Rose.
    To check to see if you have a reaction to any oils try a small amount of the oil on the inside of your elbow. If you are concerned you may have a reaction do not continue to use it. Dilute with carrier oil. Do not wash off with water as this will disperse the oil over the skin more as oil and water do not mix. Apply carrier oil or even olive oil to dilute and wipe off.

    Dilute essential oils when using with children. This means use 5 drops of lavender (for example) and mix it with 20 drops of carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil). Mix the oils in a essential oil container/bottle and then apply the oil to your child. If you are concerned about the oils being too potent, you can dilute further- this means 5 drops of lavender oil and 40 drops carrier oil. You will still get the benefits of the oil even if it is diluted in this fashion.
    Do not “test”oils on your hands or on the hands of your children. They may touch their face and eyes which will transport the oil to the most sensitive part of their body.
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  3. Use oils Aromatically.
    essential oil expert, essential oils Ottawa, Laura kelland-MayThis means put essential oils in a diffuser. Diffusers create a small mist which distributes the essential oils throughout your home. This is particularly helpful if you have someone with a cold. Putting eucalyptus or peppermint oil in a diffuser can help with sinus conjestion.
    And if you have a hard time getting to sleep then diffusing lavender may help relax then and
  4. Caution using essential oils internally.
    You can use essential oils internally. Make sure it is labelled with a “Supplement Facts Box”. This should include instructions and cautionary notes. If you are unsure, then don’t take them internally. Remember essential oils are powerful and a little goes a long way. Never take more than 1 – 2 drops at a time.

What’s your favorite way to use essential oils?

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