When I first started using essential oils, I was good about diluting them in a carrier oil before applying to my kids’ skin. It made sense to me to use a little more caution on their skin. I knew how potent essential oils are!
But… I wasn’t so stringent when using oils on my own skin. I figured, eh, I don’t really have sensitive skin, so as long as the oil is not one that is absolutely recommended to be applied only after diluting, I’ll be fine.
Well, that didn’t turn out to be the case. I started using a blend on the back of my neck every day. After a few days, I noticed that spot was bothering me, and when I checked it out in the mirror, it was definitely red and irritated.
Now I dilute all my oils!
Are there people who can use oils neat (without dilution) no problem? Sure! (Only the ones okayed by doTERRA to be used neat of course!) I just take a more conservative approach after my personal experience.
So that’s reason #1 that I suggest you dilute your essential oils in a carrier oil.
What’s reason #2?
Diluting your essential oil will NOT dilute its effectiveness. It’s actually the opposite!
Studies have suggested that diluting essential oils in a carrier oil before applying to the skin actually helps the essential oil absorb more effectively. No-brainer, right? I use Lavender because I want the benefits! I want that drop to work for me, not to evaporate off my skin!
If you’re new to essential oils, you may be wondering what the heck I’m talking about! What do I mean by DILUTE? And what’s a CARRIER OIL?
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The carrier oil I recommend is fractionated coconut oil. (Regular organic coconut oil will work too.) It’s a clean, light oil that soaks into the skin very effectively and won’t stain your clothes. doTERRA has a great one.
To dilute your essential oil, simply drop a little bit of fractionated coconut oil in your palm, add your drop of essential oil, and rub into your skin. Easy breezy.
Want to make it even easier? Buy a roller bottle and add a couple drops of essential oil to the bottle (amount varies based on age of person and oils used), then fill with fractionated coconut oil. Now you can apply topically in seconds, without hauling coconut oil around with you.
Have you been diluting your essential oils?
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