We all have different body chemistry, it is best to start slowly with oils. Many beginners may want to apply an overabundance of essential oils, however the body performs best at steady levels (only a few drops).
- Less is often better – use one to three drops of oil and no more than six drops at a time.
Don’t use in your eyes, ears or nose
If essential oils get into your eyes by accident or if they burn the skin a little, do not try to remove the oils with water. This will only drive the oils deeper into the tissue. It is best to dilute the essential oils on location with a pure vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil.
Phototoxicity – with certain oils
These oils have certain constituents that can make the skin more sensitive to UV light and can lead to blistering or discoloration of the skin.
- When using photosensitive oils, wait a minimum of 12 hours before going into the sun
- Your skin can have an adverse reaction when sunlight is paired with a photosensitive oils
- Always read the warning labels
- Oils that may cause phototoxicity and photosensitivity include:
- Respiratory Blend (Lemon)
- Invigorating Blend (Bergamot, Lemon)
- Metabolic Blend (Lemon, Grapefruit)
- Cleansing Blend (Lemon, Lime)
If you know you’re going to be in the sun, diffuse is your best alternative option
Use caution and dilute with stronger, hot oils
- Such as Oregano, Cinnamon & Cassia
- Use with caution or not at all during the first trimester
- Best ways to use are aromatically with a diffuser or inhaled
- Peppermint essential oil may decrease milk supply while nursing
Infants & small children
When applying oils to infant and small children, dilute one to two drops of pure essential oil with 1-3 teaspoon of pure fractionated coconut oil.