I recently came across this youtube video. This person posted her ‘bad reaction to an essential oil’ and she is genuinely perplexed as to her skin’s reaction to using an essential oil blend, undiluted on her face.
This video highlights the importance of getting extensive aromatherapy training from an accredited school. For anyone using essential oils in their home, on their family members, especially children, and importantly, if you are selling them.
Aromatherapy training with an accredited school by either the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy in Canada or the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy in the US will teach you the safe usage of essential oils. General guidelines for concentration levels are 1 – 5% for a healthy adult. This translates to 1 – 5 DROPS in a teaspoon of carrier oil. Dabbing undiluted essential oils directly on your skin is using them at a 100% concentration.
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts which take volumes of raw plant material to make minute quantities. Rule of thumb • less is more. Out of respect for your health and for the plants who provided you with the essential oil (s).
Please, never use essential oils undiluted on your skin. Why?
1. You risk burning your skin. Also known as ‘sensitization’
2. Your risk poisoning by allowing such a high concentration of essential oils into your blood stream all at once. Symptoms of toxicity may occur rapidly or could take days or weeks to appear. Remember, it is your internal organs, such as your liver and kidneys as well as your excretory systems (urinary and skin) whose work it is to process the essential oils and excrete them. The person in this video caused dermal or topical burning – but has also potentially caused internal & organ for herself.
3. Because less is more • your supply of essential oils will last much longer when diluting them.
Anyone suggesting the use of undiluted on their skin is doing a tremendous disservice to my professional field of alternative healing.