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General Dilution Guidelines for Essential Oil Blending

One tiny drop,
one small action,
one little step,
can and does make changes.

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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for its therapeutic properties. They are natural plant extracts, the essence of plants, the plant’s life force, and a gift from Mother Earth. Common ways of usage includes inhalation and topical application in order to support general health and well-being.

How to use essential oils – Method 1 – Inhalation

By inhaling the aroma from essential oils, the sensory receptors capture the aroma molecules and transmit them to the olfactory system, which is part of the limbic brain, sometimes also known as the “emotional brain”. This part of your brain plays an important role in your mood, emotions, behaviours, the sense of smell, and long-term memory.

Have you smelled a certain scent or tasted something that triggered a fond childhood memory, or reminisce the feeling of happiness?

Yes, that’s how powerful a scent can call up memories and responses almost instantaneously!

What’s even more amazing – the limbic system controls several of your bodily functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. So, just by simple inhalation, you can reap the benefits of aromatherapy in a wholesome manner with that physical effect on the body, balancing you mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Ways for inhalation: Using it in a diffuser, a nebulizer, an essential oil burner, steam inhalation, in an aroma inhaler stick or aroma accessory.

How to use essential oils – Method 2 – Topical Application

Topical application of essential oils are commonly used for its physical effect on a targeted area, or for a specific problem. If you’re applying it neat (directly and undiluted), you’ve been doing it all wrong!

It will only work if it is done correctly. How do we get it right?

Use a base or carrier oil and diluted the oil according to your needs. Carrier oils are given the name “carrier” for a reason – they “carry” the therapeutic essential oils into your skin, and into your bloodstream, and work on the area that you intend to.

Ways for topical application: Dilute it in a base or carrier oil.

For other base products such as unscented body wash, shampoo, lotion, or mist, they usually contain an emulsifier in their ingredients to be able to bind the essential oil and water-based components together.

Remember, oil and water does not mix.

Happy blending!

Guidelines for your seamless blending

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Safety Information

  • Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be harmful if not used carefully.

  • Do treat essential oils with respect and learn about their safety to safely enjoying the many therapeutic benefits that essential oils can offer.

  • Always consult with a qualified aromatherapist before implementing essential oils into your lifestyle.

  • Do not use essential oils directly on the skin as it may cause bad reaction. The safest rule of thumb is to never use any essential oil undiluted and to be sure to dilute all essential oils adequately. See Dilution Guideline provided above.

  • Some oils can cause irritation, sensitisation or allergic reactions in some individuals. Always do a patch test topically when you are new to an oil. Apply a small area of skin with the oil and wait for 15 minutes.

  • Some essential oils are phototoxic and can cause irritation, burns, inflammation, blistering and/or redness when exposed to UV rays. Please use with caution.

  • If you encounter any irritation, redness or reaction, discontinue the use of the essential oil or blend immediately.

  • Do not add essential oils directly to bathwater. Essential oils do not stay mixed with water and should never be added to bathwater without being diluted/solubilised properly. Essential oils that are at higher risk of causing irritation and sensitisation should be avoided completely for bath.

  • Avoid using essential oils near the genitals, mouth, nose, eyes and ears.

  • Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by those with asthma, epilepsy, or with other health conditions. Please use with caution.

  • Exercise extreme caution when using oils with children or the elderly. Check the recommended dilution ratio and contraindications before use with a qualified aromatherapist. Children should never use essential oils without the presence of an adult knowledgeable about their use.

  • Always research and review the safety precautions associated with each essential oil before you use them.

  • Less is more. When using essential oils, use the smallest amount of essential oil that will get the job done. This saves our Earth’s resources as well as your pocket.

  • Not all essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Check out some examples from the list of hazardous essential oils: Wormwood, Pennyroyal, Onion, Camphor, Horseradish, Wintergreen, Rue, Bitter Almond and Sassafras.

  • Essential oils oxidise over time and can become more sensitising and irritating. Avoid using old or improperly stored essential oils for therapeutic applications.

  • Essential oils and blends that we use are not always safe for our pets. Always research and review before using any oils on them. In doubt, do not use at all.

  • Diffuse essential oils sensibly and in a well ventilated space.. They should not be continuously diffused.

  • Essential oils should not be taken internally without guidance by a qualified clinical aromatherapist.

  • Essential oils are flammable. Keep them out of the way of fire hazards.

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