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How To Use Essential Oils Safely On Skin And Aromatherapy

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First and foremost, topical essential oils (EOs) may induce a sensitivity response, especially in pets like dogs and cats, the elderly, young children, or sensitive skin.   So, you'll need to know how to use essential oils properly, diffusing EOs around dogs. Also, have you ever wondered how to use an essential oil diffuser? To use a diffuser, use distilled water and your essential oil. For example, fill your diffuser to the max line and add four drops of Lavender.  

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Thus, it is advisable to use a carrier oil to dilute the more potent EOs known as “Hot Oils” like Cinnamon. In addition, when trying an oil for the first time, test in a small area for sensitivity. Again, I will reiterate why knowing and understanding carrier and EO basics are crucial.

Typically, the recommended dilution ratio is one drop of EO to three drops of carrier oil. Also, the dilution rate may be a little higher for small children and pets. In addition, You can find complete details about diluting EO for the different application methods here – it is essential to follow these guidelines.

There are three main classifications of oils for topical use: Neat, Dilute, and Sensitive.

  • Neat. EOs categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution on most people, and these oils are considered mild and generally do not induce skin sensitivity. Examples of “neat” essential oils are frankincense, Lavender, melaleuca, melissa, and sandalwood.
  • Dilute. If categorized as “dilute,” You should dilute EO with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. Oils in this category have a high proportion of incredibly potent constituents, such as phenol. Examples of essential oils that require dilution are cassia, Cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme.
  • Sensitive. “Sensitive” oils should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. “sensitive” oils include peppermint, ginger, eucalyptus, wintergreen, and black pepper.

How To Use Essential Oils In Your Home

First, topically using essential oils can improve complexion, relaxation, pain relief, and skin tone.  Also, they are excellent natural ingredients to use in beauty products.  Another option, use essential oils as part of a soothing massage but dilute them with a carrier oil of choice.  Moreover, we recommend you follow all label recommendations and dilution instructions before topical application.  

Further, when used safely, Peppermint Oil can relieve headaches, including migraines.  The Peppermint Oil should be diluted and applied to the back of the neck and in the temples.  Be sure not to get too close to the eye area.  How to use Peppermint Oil for headaches: Read the full article here.

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply 

  • Neck
  • Forehead and temples (unless the oil is classified as a “hot oil”)
  • Chest and abdomen
  • Arms, legs, bottoms of feet

How To Use Essential Oils On Skin

  • Add a few drops of oil and carrier oil, and Epson salt to a warm bath
  • Make a hot or cold compress (place in freezer) by soaking a cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying it to the desired area
  • Add oil to an all-natural lotion or moisturizer, mix well, and then apply to the skin

Sensitive Areas to Avoid on Both Humans & Pets

  • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
  • Eyes and inner ears
  • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin
How To Use Essential Oils
How To Use Essential Oils

Aroma Diffuser How To Use Essential Oils

First, the sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful mental and emotional responses.  Smell receptors quickly absorb the oils, and some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming.

According to an article in Healthline,

 Humans have used aromatherapy for  thousands of years.  Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils.  These natural substances were used for medical and religious purposes.  They were known to have both physical and psychological benefits.

Benefits Aromatherapy 

Also, Aromatherapy is relaxing, natural healthy living, and easy to do with an ultrasonic diffuserWhat is an ultrasonic diffuser, and how is it different than a nebulizer?  A diffuser is not always necessary.  The same health benefits can be achieved by simply placing a few drops of EO on a cotton ball in the palm of your hand and cupping it around your nose.  Additionally, you can create custom diffuser blends, depending on the outcome you are looking for.  You can create custom diffuser essential oil blends, depending on the outcome you are trying to achieve, relaxation, energy, or uplifting.  

How To Use Essential Oil Diffuser

Generally, you want to use between 3-5 drops of essential oils for a diffuser with 100mL volume.  We recommend starting on the low end and working up to five drops.  This is a standard amount recommended, as you can always add or remove some oil as needed; regarding how much water you use in the diffuser, add distilled water into your diffuser to the fill line (red mark).

Essential Oils In DIY Products

Essential oils are very versatile because they have healing, disinfecting, and cleaning properties, and more. You can incorporate EO into your DIY cleaning, DIY skincare, DIY bath, DIY Deodorizing Spray, and many other ways. You avoid exposure to toxic chemicals when you create your household, body, and beauty products.

The Takeaway

The main takeaway of the difference between carrier and essential oils is that you use carrier oils to dilute and apply essential oils onto the skin. Also, the dilution percentage varies according to age and intent of use. Carrier oils are the foundation for DIY beauty products and help essential oils meet their maximum efficiency. Now that you know the difference have fun with your DIY and using essential oils.

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