Essential Oil Safety...
There is a lot of controversy with companies claiming to use oils internally or with empty vegetable pills to fill and take like supplements. Places like Pinterest that give you recipes to drink in your water or take a makeshift pill are not safe unless directed to you by a Medical Professional, not even aromatherapists recommend internal use of 100% Pure Essential Oils. From what I have read Aromatherapists say this is not how they suggest use for pure Essential Oils as they are very potent and can cause irritation or can even be toxic if ingesteted.
As far as the skin very few 100% pure Essential Oils should be applied without a carrier oil to dilute them and make them safe for the skin. There are great resources out there for people just beginning the use of Essential Oils research is the best key to getting all the benefits of EO’s and using them safely.
v A great article to read is on one of my favorite blogs the hippyhomemaker. http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/which-essential-oil-companies-should-you-buy-from-my-surprising-findings-on-my-quest-to-find-the-best/
v Also a great FREE class to take if you are just dipping your feet into Essential Oils is on www.aromahead.com called intro to Essential Oils I highly recommend it. This is where I am studding to get my Aromatherapists certification.
How do you choose which dilution to use?
1% Dilution — Use for children under 12, and seniors over 65, pregnant women and people with long-term illnesses or immune system disorders.
A 1% dilution is also a good place to start with individuals who are generally sensitive to fragrances, chemicals or other environmental pollutants.
2% Dilution — Use for general health supporting blends such as skin care, natural perfumes, bath oils or for blends you like to use every day.
3% Dilution — Use this dilution when creating a blend to address a specific, acute health concern, such as pain relief or getting through a cold or flu.
• 1 oz (30 ml) — 5 to 6 drops
• 2 oz (60 ml) — 10 to 12 drops
• 1 oz (30 ml) — 10 to 12 drops
• 2 oz (60 ml) — 20 to 24 drops
• 1 oz (30 ml) — 15 to 18 drops
• 2 oz (60 ml) — 30 to 36 drops
This is a chart I often use as a guideline for making products (2Tbsp =1oz)
I hope you find this information useful and have fun learning new things. Thank you and Bless you.
*These are my personal opinions and my own research and study done*