Oil safety is paramount when using essential oils. Get to know and use the information in this section to make sure you will get the most benefit from your essential oils.
Why should essential oils be diluted?
Essential oils are plant essences that are HIGHLY concentrated. It takes approximately 250 pounds of lavender to make just one pound of essential oil and it takes approximately 5000 pounds of rose petals to make one pound of rose oil. This shows just how concentrated essential oils are in comparison to the actual plant.
Dilution of essential oils in 30 ml. (1 ounce) of carrier oil:
1% = 5 -6 drops
2% = 10 – 12 drops
3% = 15 - 18 drops
4% = 20 -24 drops
5% = 25 – 30 drops
Dilution of essential oils is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! In almost all situations you want to make sure you dilute your essential oils. Why??? If you do not dilute, you are subjecting yourself to some undesired outcomes.
“Essential oil dilution is important for two safety reasons. One, to avoid skin reactions: irritation, sensitization, and phototoxicity. Two, to avoid systemic toxicity, such as fetotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, carcinogenicity, and neurotoxicity. Adverse skin reactions are obvious when they happen, but systemic toxicities may not be. Skin reactions are totally dilution-dependent, and safety guidelines exist to minimize risk. This does not mean of course that every time a person uses an undiluted oil there will be an adverse reaction. Many times there won’t. But more is not always better, and minimizing risk is generally a good idea. A phototoxic reaction, for example, can be very, very nasty." - Robert Tisserand (a well-respected authority on essential oil safety)
Once you have your essential oils do you know how to use them?
ALWAYS Dilute Your Oils in a carrier oil except when using a diffuser or in an inhaler
There are SO many companies selling essential oils, how can you tell which ones are quality oils? Buying essential oils should be done with a simple vetting process. The quality of your oils is of great importance. You want to make sure you are getting pure unadulterated oils and not fragrance oils or oils past their prime.
This can be done by asking a few very important questions. DO NOT use the size of a company to determine its value, many smaller companies are EXCELLENT choices. Be careful about companies that do not have a certified aromatherapist on staff. Any company that tells you they only use pure unadulterated oils, but is unwilling or unable to provide the information directly to you upon request, should cause you to step back. Ask yourself if you are ready to accept “trust me”. I am not.
Here are some great questions to ask essential oil retailers: