Essential Oils are extremely potent and should be used 3-4 drops at a time. When used on the scalp and other sensitive skin areas, the Essential Oil should be diluted with a thicker oil to prevent irritation. This thicker oil is called a “carrier oil” because it carries or holds the Essential Oil.
Some Essential Oils can be used directly on the skin without a carrier oil but you should research that particular oil first before using it without a carrier oil. It is not recommended for pregnant women to use Essential Oils because it can transfer to the baby and cause harm. Check with your physician before using any Essential Oil to be safe. SOME essential oils interact negatively with certain medications, so you should check with your physician if you are on medication.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy mission is to advance the knowledge of the medicinal use of aromatic plants and essential oils to its fullest extent and to support aromatherapy as a truly holistic professional art and science. They are a great resource in how to safely use essential oils, including dilution ratios. A dilution ratio tells you how many drops of essential oil to use per 1 oz of a carrier oil.
Reading this blog is a great start on educating yourself about essential oil safety but its the beginning of your education, so take the time to research and learn more.
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