Essential oils bring great benefits to individuals and are fantastic to try, but there are some guidelines on how you should use them for a safe experience:
- A rule of thumb: the number of drops you add to one measuring teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier tells the % dilution. 1 drop would be a 1% dilution, 2 drops, 2%, etc.
- 1 teaspoonful of carrier oil + 1 drop of essential oil = a 1% dilution
- 1 teaspoonful of carrier oil + 2 drops of essential oil = a 2% dilution
- 1 teaspoonful of carrier oil + 3 drops of essential oil = a 3% dilution
A healthy adult with good skin integrity can make a 3% dilution. For elderly and children over age 6, a 1% dilution is recommended.
Never ever ingest essential oils as they are extremely active agents unless you consult with a health care provider or a Clinical Aromatherapist. There have been hospital reports of esophageal burns and liver damage with regular use of internal use.
The majority of essential oils are safe to use via inhalation and topically, however, if in doubt, reach out to a professional with sound knowledge and education.
Essential Oil Baths
What’s better than having a relaxing Aromatherapy Bath?
Just make sure to add the essential oil blend to a dispersing agent first, such as Epson Salts or even plain ol’ milk. Do not just drop essential oils into your bathwater, as essential oils and water do not mix and the oils will coat your skin, and voila! A potential dermal irritant will occur! Ouch!
Try adding 5-8 drops in half a cup of Epson salts or a shot glass of milk.
Sit back and relax!