Overview of How to Use Essential Oils.
To use oils effectively and safely do your research. Know your oil and why your are using it. Don't use an oil because you saw it on a Pinterest post. Don't use an oil because you saw on this blog, until you do your own research from a trust reliable source. Just because it is natural doesn't mean its safe.
How to Store Your Oils
Store them in a cool dark, air tight glass container. Sunlight and heat speeds up oxidation of your oils, breaks them down faster. Do not store them in plastic containers.
How to Make a Blend
Chose your Carrier oil. Like with Essential oils, Carrier oils have properties and purposes too. Like coconut oils is a warming oil, so I don't want to use it on a sunburn, Aloe is a better carrier for that. Then comes the fun part choosing your essential oils. To make a well rounded aromatic blend, choose 3-5 oils. Also look for Base, Middle and a Top note. Then chose the size then the percent that you want to dilute and mix away. The easiest way I found to make blends is in the diffuser. All you need is the neat oils, no carriers. The plus to this is that if your love it, then you cant make a blend later with the carriers and use it on your skin. But if it is awful and you don't like the smell dump it out and start over. The oils are super expensive so I would hate to dump a full blend.
I use a simple formula to calulate my blends, this will give you a 2.5% dilution
# of ML divided by 2 = total drops of essential oils for the blend
There's 3 ways to use EO (Essential Oils) Topical, Inhalation, Ingestion.
Apply EO blend to desired area of the skin. EO should always be diluted when applied to skin.
Dosage or Dilution of oils.
For Childres dilute .05%-1% so 6-8 drops EO if your 1oz container
The most common dilution is 2%-2.5% about 15 drops EO for 1oz container
For Fragrance and Therapeutic Aromatherapy 2.5%-5% 30 drops EO for 1oz container
(I do not recommend putting this on your skin! My skin will have a reaction to this percentage.)
Anything over the listed above I would do so under the supervision of a Medical Professional.
Carrier oils are what you a dilute the EO with. A few of my favorites are Coconut oil, Aloe Vera, and Grape seed oil.
Bath (inhalation and topical)
You can use Neat (undiluted) in your bath water but take caution. As everyone knows, oil and water don't mix, therefore the oil will bind to the fatty acid in your body and may mild to sever irritation. To dilute the EO for a bath use 1/8 to 1/4 oz of alcohol or whole milk in a glass container, add 12-60 drops of EO mix, then add to your running water.
Note: Remember EO is a fat, and fat binds to other fats.
This is my favorite application and what I use most often. Just inhale the smell of the EO. A few inhalant application are diffusers, steam, and spray.
This is the most controversial way of using EO. Essential Oils are regulated by the FDA so you can use it internally, but I would use extreme caution while doing it. I personally do not use them in this manner, so I have no advice on how to do so safely. But bellow is a great interview with Robert Tisserand on this subject. I also posted a link to his book below, its kind of a text book so its not easy reading, but its my go to if I have a question on oils. Here is a really good Interview with Robert Tisserand where he talks about this.
Some oils cause photo-sensitivity or Photo-toxicity. If worn it will make you more sensitive to the UV light and can cause blistering and sun burn from a small amount of sun exposure. Oils to look out for are: Orange, Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, and Bergamot.
Another Caution is Sensitization. Sensitization is cause by using an oil continuously or for long term and you develop and allergic reaction to it. Using neat oils continuously will increase the chances of sensitization to happen. To avoid this mix up your blends. If you make your own face wash your should have 3 different with all different oils and rotate them.
Also if you like to take a free class from Aromahead Institute, the link is below as well.
Free Intro to Essential Oils.