Essential oils can be used in a multitude of ways to support your health and wellness. However, when using essential oils, there are a few mistakes that are commonly made, that you want to avoid.
Mistake #1 – Applying to Skin Without Combining With a Carrier Oil
Applying essential oil directly to the skin can sometimes give a burning effect due to the potency of many essential oils. Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Carrier oils are oils that are used with essential oils to make them safe to use on the skin, while obtaining the benefits of the essential oil. Common carrier oils are jojoba oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil.
Whether you plan to use the diluted essential oil on its own or as ingredients in a finished product such as a massage oil, lotion, or aroma spray, be sure to have the correct dilution amount. This equates to 3 to 12 drops per ounce of finished product.
Mistake #2 – Using Oils in the Wrong Location
One thing to note about essential oils, is that when applying directly to your skin, there are areas of the body that are better than others. Even after diluting the oils with a carrier oil, the best locations are the wrists, ankles, behind the ears, and the fingers. There are special pressure points in these areas that make them most effective. Of course there are going to be some exceptions, such as putting the oils on your forehead or temples if you have a bad headache, but the main pressure points should be used most often. Using a properly diluted oil during massage or as a skin hydration can also be beneficial.
Mistake #3 – Using Essential Oil On Anyone
Essential oils work for many people, but they don’t react well with everyone. Before you use an oil, you should test it in its diluted state on just a small area of skin. This lets you know if you have a sensitivity to that oil or not. Also, remember that there are age restrictions for using essential oils. Infants and children can sometimes use them, but you should practice caution and ask your pediatrician before using them. There are baby products that contain the proper “baby-friendly” proportions for safe use, such as lavender bath or or essential oil baby lotion.
Mistake #4 – Ignoring Other Treatments
Essential oils provide a lot of amazing health benefits, but they might not be enough just using them on their own. If you suffer from anxiety, using lavender and chamomile blend is great for relaxation and reducing panic attacks, but don’t forget about other natural remedies like journaling, yoga, meditation, and herbs. In most cases, essential oils work best when combined with other natural remedies.
Enjoy the benefits that a variety of essential oils can give. With proper dilution and usage, essential oils can give wonderful health support to your life.