There are many differing opinions regarding essential oil use even among specialist in the field. Best practice recommendation, start slow. For topical use, start with a 2% dilution, do a small patch test to see if you have any reaction to the oil(s) you've selected. If you have no reaction, apply where needed as needed. Dilution will decrease the likelihood of any skin sensitivities and is highly recommended for children. The most commonly used dilution ratio is 2%: 1 drop essential oil to 1 teaspoon carrier oil.
0%: children under 2 years of age, for children age 2 or under it is recommended to use hydrosols and/or herbal remedies instead of essential oils
.25%: children from 6 months to 6 years
(.50%: as needed for sickness)
(1 drop essential oil to 4 teaspoons carrier oil)
1%: children ages 6 and up, pregnant women, mature (elderly) adults, individuals with sensitive skin, compromised immune systems/serious health concerns. A 1% dilution is excellent for massage oils that cover large areas of the body.
(1 drop essential oil to 1 teaspoons carrier oil)
Caution: Certain essential oils and essential oil blends with menthol and/or 1,8-cineole (Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, etc.) have negative reactions on a small percentage of young children when inhaled. These oils should be heavily diluted or not used on young children.
2%: adults. Good for daily use of essential oils
(2 drops essential oil to 1 teaspoon carrier oil/10-12 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil)
3%-10%: adults. Best for temporary use, for injuries and sickness. Dilution ratio varies upon the nature of the ailment, age, skin sensitivities, and oils used.
(3 drops essential oil to 1 teaspoon carrier oil/15-18 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil)
(10 drops essential oil to 1 teaspoon carrier oil/50-60 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil)
25%: adults. For muscle cramps, severe pain and brushing.
(25 drops essential oil to 1 teaspoon carrier oil/125-150 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil)
100%: no dilution, “neat” essential oils. Adults. Undiluted essential oil application can be used by adults for occasional, short-term basis. Undiluted oils should be used with caution, being mindful of sensitivities and skin irritation if used topically.
Personally, after experiencing a rotator cuff injury, my body needed the immediate cooling pain relief that peppermint oil provided, so I began combining my essential oil blend with a higher dilution ratio of peppermint oil.
If you have a known allergy or sensitivity to a specific essential oil, do not use it. When trying a new essential oil recipe, that has an oil that does not react well with your body, find a substitute oil with similar properties that blends well with the other oils in the recipe.
If you experience discomfort with an oil “flush” the oil from the body with carrier oil; water will only make the sensation worse.
Knowledge is key, the more research you do the more information you will have for knowing how and when to use essential oils.
If you are pregnant, looking towards becoming pregnant or breast-feeding, check to ensure the oil(s) you are using or plan to use have any cautions regarding pregnancy or nursing.
If you any medical conditions, high blood pressure, epilepsy, diabetes, etc., or are taking any medications, over-the-counter or prescription, check make sure the oil(s) you are using or plan to use do not have contraindications to your medical condition(s) or substance(s) you are taking.
Keep your essential oils out-of-reach of children and pets.
Do not use essential oils in ears or eyes.
Store oils at room temperature, or refrigerator to extend the life of the oil, away from sunlight. Remember that some essential oils, especially citrus oils, are photosensitive and will cause your skin to react in sunlight. Wait at least 12 hours before sun exposure after applying photosensitive oils.
My experience with photosensitive oils: I had a blend of essential oils for combination skin I was using for acne and dry skin. I applied it in the morning, around 7 am, before leaving for the day. At around 1 pm, I was had sun exposure. In all honesty, I completely forgot about photosensitive. Even though I had about 6 hours between application and sun exposure, the result was a lobster-red face on a tropical-tanned body. I was not burned, nor did I experience any discomfort. The redness subsided 50% by the next morning and completely gone after 24 hours. No permanent harm done.
Best compliment I receive when I wear essential oils: Whenever I teach class wearing essential oils, which is every day, I always have a student or to tell me I smell wonderful. It's a nice complement, especially after a long day of teaching without the opportunity of a shower or change of clothes. :)
Storage of Essential Oils
Most essential oils, if properly stored, can be kept for one year. Most product information will say the recommended “use within” time frame for most oils, but often labels just don’t have enough room for every detail about the oils, thus these are some guideline for storage of your oils.
Why amber or cobalt glass bottles?
Colored bottles help keep out sunlight while glass will not deteriorate where as plastic containers will. The other storage container safe to use are lined aluminum; it will keep sunlight from the oil and the protective lining will keep the container from deteriorating.
Once a new bottle of essential oil is opened, oxygen is automatically introduced into the bottle. For larger bottle transfer oils into smaller containers once oils levels become low. Thus the empty space inside the bottle, the “head room,” will be less.
What temperature should I store my essential oils at?
Disclosure: None of these health benefits have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease.)
Important Note: Oil profiles is for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.