Can You Use Essential Oils On The Skin? + Essential Oil Safety | Top 15 Essential Oil Questions
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If you haven’t yet, make sure you go back and watch videos 1-6, because this is number seven, and we’re talking about how (and where) to use essential oils on your skin.
Can you use essential oils directly on the skin?
So, you’re probably wondering if you can use essential oils directly on your skin. The answer is yes! But, we recommend that you always dilute any essential oils with a carrier oil, aloe vera jelly, or body cream or lotion before applying them to your skin.
How much you dilute your oils depends on lots of different things, like which essential oil or oils you plan to use, or your age.
Applying essential oils to the skin is a really good method of use, but if you have sensitive skin then you may want to do a ‘patch test’ before applying the oils to your skin. If you haven’t used a particular essential oil before, a patch test tells you whether or not your skin is too sensitive for topical use of that oil. To do a patch test, just choose your carrier oil, and mix your essential oil to an appropriate dilution. Place one or two drops of the diluted oil on the inside of your wrist. If you’re sensitive to that oil, your skin may turn red or itchy within a couple hours, though some aromatherapists and allergists recommend testing for up to 24 hours.
Once you’ve diluted your essential oils, you can safely rub it onto your skin! Just remember, you always need to dilute!
How to use essential oils on skin
So how do you apply essential oils topically on your skin? Well, there are different dilution recommendations, for different things, and for different reasons:
For example, if you’re applying oils to the face, if you’re elderly, or if you’re pregnant or nursing, Plant Therapy generally recommends a 0.5-1% dilution.
For full body massages, or regular daily use we recommend a 1-2% dilution.
For isolated areas a 3-5% dilution is typically used.
For acute issues and/or spot treatment up to a 10% dilution can be used.
With this said, it’s important to remember that certain essential oils like Cinnamon Bark, Ylang Ylang, and Lemongrass, have max dermal application limits. That means you shouldn’t apply those oils topically, even diluted, in larger dilutions than suggested. Think of it like taking too much medicine! For example, Ylang Ylang shouldn’t be used at a higher than 0.8% dilution to avoid skin irritation, or sensitization.
Thanks for watching video 7, and learning more about how to use essential oils on your skin. For more, be sure to come back and watch video 8, where we’re going to be talking about everything carrier oils!
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