and foremost, before you go running off to try out the oils let's
discuss a few safety precautions.
Please make sure to check out the warnings
page before using any
Essential Oil as some oils are contraindicated for high blood pressure
What does Dilution
Dilution means mixing the essential oil with a suitable carrier oil.
There are different carrier oils for different purposes and skin types.
Generally, you would not use the same type of carrier oil on your face
would use in a body massage.
You can purchase a carrier oil that is already blended from Serene
The most common carrier oils are Sweet Almond Oil, Cold Pressed Extra
Virgin Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Oil etc.
Be sure to use a cold
pressed oil and not one from the local grocery store as these are
solvent extracted and not suitable for use on the skin.
The Dilution rate for Essential Oils is generally 2.5%-3%. This should
be half for children and the elderly.
average dilution would be :
2-3 drops of Essential Oil per tsp. of Carrier Oil
7-8 drops of Essential Oil per TBLS. of Carrier Oil
15 drops of Essential Oil per oz (30ml) of Carrier Oil.
remember that this would be halved for children and the elderly.
Always remember that More is not Better.
The Following Rules Will Help
Keep You Safe
Never use Essential Oils undiluted on your skin.
Some say that the only exception to this rule would be Lavender and Tea
Tree but even these should be diluted as some people may even
these irritating without dilution. So the Rule is DILUTE ALL ESSENTIAL
It is a good idea to test an oil before using it to see if there is any
irritation to the skin. To do this place Oil that you have diluted on
the crook of your arm. Wait for 6-8 hours to see if any rash or other
reaction becomes apparent.
#3: Alternate Oils every 2 weeks.
The reason for alternating your oils is so that your body does not
build up a sensitization to any particular oil.
Flush with plenty of water if oils get in your eyes.
If you read the first part on Aromatherapy you will remember that
Essential Oils do not mix with water. This is what we want. We do not
want to dilute the oil and spread it around the eye. We want to get it
#5: If you have symptoms of Overexposure get fresh air.
Generally this is not a problem for the average person but if you have
been blending and pouring oils for quite awhile you may develop
symptoms of overexposure. These would include Nausea, Headache, Skin
Irritation, Emotional Unease or just feeling generally weird. If these
symptoms pop up just go out and take some fresh air.
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