Essential Oils

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Do dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil. Using a carrier oil does not decrease the potency; it slows down the absorption rate, which eliminates the potential for skin sensitivity. There are a ton of dilution charts out there. I prefer the 1 drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil because it is simple. Your oils will last longer with this method and be just as potent with the same effects as applying “neat.”

Do your own research and educate yourself on essential oils. Essential oils are safe and effective when used properly. By purchasing through an essential oil advocate, you can be added to online support groups where you can ask questions, join webinars and classes to keep current on research and new ways to use your oils.

Do invest in the book, “Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.” This book is considered the oil bible. You can look up single oils, oil blends and ailments with corresponding essential oils for that particular health concern. This book also is available as an app on your smartphone.

Definitely avoid direct contact with the eyes and ears. Essential oils can be diluted and applied around these areas. Should this accidently happen, flush the area using a vegetable oil or another oil-based carrier rather than water. Essential oil and water do not mix and would further drive the oil in.

Definitely protect your essential oils from the Texas heat. If you intend on traveling with your oils, consider purchasing a small key chain designed to hold sample-sized vials. You can toss this in a purse or bag so they don’t get left behind in a hot vehicle.

Definitely use precaution with citrus oils. These oils are very potent. When adding citrus oils to your drinking water, use glass or stainless steel. (This goes for the straw, too!) Also, citrus oils can make skin photosensitive. If you are planning to be out in the sun avoid topical application.

I hope you are enjoying your summer. Just in case you are having a little too much fun in the sun, here is my go-to, favorite essential oil blend.

After-Sun Spray

• 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

• 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil

• 10 drops lavender

• 5 drops melaleuca (tea tree)

• 5 drops peppermint

(Mix in a glass spray bottle. You can add water to thin out so it sprays more easily. Just a teaspoon or so should do it.)