It’s no secret that my family loves essential oils. Today I wanted to talk a bit about the accessories that we use with our essential oils to get the maximum benefit from these oils while maintaining safe practice.
Dilute essential oils in a carrier oil
Essentail oils are very potent, and many can cause skin sensitivity (clove, for example, is a “hot” oil that you ALWAYS want to dilute before applying topically as it can burn. Water will not dilute an essential oil. Using a carrier oil (a pure vegetable based oil) will dilute the oil safely. Our company sells a fractionated coconut oil, which is a non-fragrant coconut oil that stays liquid and absorbs quickly.
For babies, the standard safe dilution is 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. For children 2-6, it’s 1-3 drops in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. For adults, it will depend on skin sensitivity, and especially skin integrity (for elderly adults with delicate skin, for example, I would prepare a dilution for babies).
While I typically use the coconut oil I get from the company we use, you can also use olive oil, regular coconut oil (though that doesn’t usually work well with roller bottles), avocado oil, or jojoba oil. Keep in mind that these oils will leave you with varying levels of a “greasy” feeling after you apply.
Roller bottles make application a breeze! He can squirm and fuss and all I have to do is swipe one of his feet with the roller bottle and I know he got the proper amount for his little body. Even he knows this now and will actually take a break from fussing when he’s uncomfortable when he sees me heading for his roller bottle bag. In the past, I have purchased roller bottles from AromaTools and MyOilBusiness, but I know friends who have ordered from Amazon as well. Just be sure to label your blends or you will have to do the sniff test to figure out what is what (go ahead, ask me how I know this…).
This is something we wish we had gotten right away! Our little diffusers are small but works very well and we use them All. The. Time.
I hope these tips are helpful! If you are interested in starting to use essential oils, please leave a comment!