What is an essential oil? Essential Oils are made from plants for physical and emotional benefits. They are distilled from leaves, flowers, tree bark, seeds, or rind of fruit in concentrated amounts.
Why should you use essential oils? Essential oils are 100% safe and natural, they are more effective than over the counter medications, and are less expensive than over the counter medications and prescriptions.
How do I use essential oils? Aromatic, Topical, or Internal.
What are some basic safety tips?
Photosensitivity No sunbathing after applying citrus essential oils. Avoid direct sunlight to the exposed area for at least 12 hours of that location because it may cause skin irritation or burn. Oils applied underneath clothing should be fine.
Hot Oils Hot oils can give you a burning sensation when used on the skin, or a spicy burning sensation when taken internally. These oils are Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Oregano, and Thyme. Special care should be taken with each of these oils. Alternately, doTERRA also categorizes other oils as “sensitive” but you may have also heard them referred to as “warm” oils. This includes oils like Black Pepper, Lemongrass, Wintergreen, and Peppermint. Oils like these can still be overwhelming for sensitive groups (i.e. children and elderly) if not diluted.
Diluting the hot category of oils is the recommendation for all people, regardless of their individual sensitivity level.
How do you safely handle hot oils?
- Safely apply hot oils topically by diluting them. For hot or dilute category oils, we recommend that adults dilute one drop of oil to 10 drops carrier oil. For sensitive oils, we recommend diluting one drop of oil in five drops carrier oil. For children, additional dilution is needed.
- Do not add hot oils or even sensitive oils to bath water.
- Use veggie capsules or oils in food when consuming internally.
- You can safely diffuse any hot oil.
Avoid These Areas Never put essential oils in your eyes, inside ear canal, or up nose. However, you may apply oils around the eye bone in a C shape, on ear cartilage and behind ear bone, or diffuse essential oils. If an oil starts to burn, skip the water. Oil and water do not mix. Use a carrier oil or whole fat milk.
Dilution Use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil when applying essential oils topically to avoid skin sensitization.
Safe Storage Keep out of reach of children and use child proof safety caps. Follow the guidelines below for babies and children.