If you are new to essential oils remember they are highly concentrated, so start slowly. When using topically, first dilute the oil, apply a small amount to an area of skin, noting any irritation that may occur, then move on to larger parts of the body.
To dilute essential oils add 10 drops to 15-25mL carrier oil.
Carrier oils include Almond oil, Aloe Vera, Avocado oil, Argan oil, Coconut oil (fractionated or virgin), Emu oil, Grape seed oil, Jojoba oil, unscented Lotion, Pomegranate, Tamanu oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Witch Hazel and so on.
Essential oils are typically not ingested. If used internally, usage should be limited to short periods of time (1-2 weeks) since some oils may cause damage to the digestive lining after prolonged use. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.
According to chemist, aromatherapist and author Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, "Most warnings [about essential oil usage] are derived from industry-funded dermatological tests with limited relevance for aromatherapy". Most essential oils deemed to be "forbidden" are in reality among the most therapeutically beneficial when used with care. The dilution level and topical application of essential oils is determined by the individual's own experience using the oils, noting any irritation that may occur, and adjusting usage accordingly.
Generally, essential oils are metabolized and leave the body within 1-2 hours, so reapplication every couple of hours for an acute need may be desirable.
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