Essential oils have become very popular in recent years and many different brands of oils there are on the market these days. But despite that, there are certain concerns regarding the use of essential oil and rarely anyone knows how to use them properly.
There are different methods of application that are most appropriate for each essential oil, so it’s important to do a little research and buy high-quality oils in order to use these products properly. Some of them are very concentrated, so you need to use a very small amount or mixed with other ingredients in order to experience the best results possible. They must be used with care and labels must be read carefully so that guidelines are always closely followed.
Here are the best ways to use essential oils:
- If any irritation occurs the use of essential oil should be stopped immediately.
- Dermal irritant essential oils or allergens should be avoided, especially in a case of inflammatory or allergic skin condition such as eczema or rosacea.
- Essential oils that are dermal irritants and photosensitive essential oils such as cinnamon bark, clove, citronella, cumin, lemongrass, lemon, oregano, bergamot, and thyme, can lead to sunburns. Avoid applying these within 12 hours before spending time directly in the sun.
- Those with sensitive skin should always dilute oils with vegetable oil or another carrier before applying to the skin.
- The excessive use of the essential oils can cause increased dryness due to their lipophilic (fat-liking) nature.
- Damaged or inflamed skin is more sensitive to dermal reactions. Avoid application on open or damaged skin, wounds, burns or infected scrapes.
- Essential oils like cinnamon, clove, and oregano rich in aldehydes and phenols can cause skin reactions so they should always be diluted before use. Oils like marjoram, frankincense, german chamomile, thyme, and lavender can be more easily tolerated by people with sensitive skin.