TBB BLOG- HOW DO YOU USE ESSENTIAL OILS ON YOUR SKIN?
To safely use essential oils on your skin you have to dilute the essential oil first.
Essential oils are really great to work with, but there are some rules to safely handle them. First, do not eat essential oils. There are several reasons for this rule so do not play around with it please. The second rule is to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil or plant based butter. The essential oil must be diluted to a certain ratio that makes it safe for moisturizing your skin. You will learn how to do that in this blog.
How to dilute your essential oil:
- The easiest way to do this is to use a dropper.
- Unfortunately, one drop may vary from another in size even if from the same dropper.
- This is due to time, temperature, viscosity of the oil (oil thickness), human error, and other factors.
- A better way is to weigh the essential oil so it is measured before being added to a carrier oil, lotion, or butter.
- Weighing gives more accurate results and is often used for larger batches (mixtures).
- Using droppers works well for use at home and in small batches so we will focus on that method in this blog.
- A simple solution for dilution is to create a batch that consists of 2% essential oil and 98% vegetable oil or plant-based butter. Simply add 12 drops of essential oil to one ounce (30 ml) of cold pressed carrier oil, plant-based butter, or other natural moisturizing substance.
Using essential oils is easy, fun, and beneficial to your body:
- Essential oils can have favorable outcomes for your skin.
- Before you start using essential oils, speak with a healthcare expert.
- Please make sure to study the quality of the brand you use.
- Of course, if you have skin irritation or sensitivity after using an essential oils, you should stop using it and consult a physician.
- Remember, the FDA does not monitor or control the purity or quality of essential oils so you need a trusted source like us.
NOTE: Before using a new essential oil, always perform a patch test on a small piece of your inner arm or leg. Refer to our blog titled "What is a patch test?" for detailed instructions on how to conduct a patch test on yourself. It is easy.
Essential oils are typically safe to use, but remember:
- Using pure, undiluted essential oils can cause irritation or sensitization to human skin.
- For topical applications, make sure you dilute the essential oil first.
- Essential oils can be diluted with base oils like jojoba oil or coconut oil.
- A simple guideline for topical application of essential oils on adults is to use a 2% essential oil dilution.
- For children, the dermal maximum is 1%.
- Clearly, less is more when it comes to essential oils- you do not need a lot to get results for your skin.
- You can add two or three drops of a neat (pure) essential oil to an ounce of your favorite skin cream or lotion to create a more effective powerful cream or lotion for your skin.
- Keep essential oils away from children and pets.