How To Use Essential Oils Safely

Essential Oil

The other day at a health and beauty meet-up and spa party, another vendor came over to my display and was chatting with me about her scent allergies. She mentioned that someone had been encouraging her to apply Lavender essential oil (EO) to the soles of her feet, to help her fall asleep more easily.

Now, Lavender is one of the safest and gentlest of EOs, and is one of only a few that can sometimes safely be used directly on the skin in minute amounts and under certain circumstances.  coconuts-123rf

Still, it is much, MUCH better to add a few drops of EO to a carrier – like an oil (coconut oil, for example), cream or lotion, mix THOROUGHLY, then apply THAT to your skin. You still get the benefit of the EO, without the risk of sensitizing, burning or otherwise damaging your skin.

Shortly after, a customer told me that she used to use Tea Tree EO on her face, but she stopped because she found it too drying.

I told her the same thing – she may have been using too much for too long. Generally it would have been better for her to add 1-2 drops of Tea Tree EO to maybe a teaspoon of coconut oil, mix thoroughly, then apply that to the affected areas on her face.


You see, essential oils may be derived from plants, yes, but they are EXTREMELY powerful substances. Let’s put it this way: it takes many pounds of plant material – whether flowers (Lavender, Rose), leaves (Mints), or other parts of the plant – to distill or otherwise extract a single drop of essential oil.

And all the chemical properties of the plant are present in that single drop.

So we have to treat EOs with tremendous respect.
  • We need only small amounts for effectiveness when applied topically (on the skin).
  • And generally we should always blend our EOs into a carrier – oil, cream or lotion – before applying it to the skin, for the sake of safety and to avoid sensitization.


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