Mixing Essential Oils
Blending different essential oils and carrier oils in various proportions can yield you some fabulous products. You should have the right knowledge and a will to experiment various combinations. There are several effective methods of using oils that combines all its essential properties with the therapeutic powers. These include massage, soothing bath soak and steam inhalation. The oils should never be used undiluted and should always be blended with a carrier oil such as Grapeseed oil or Sweet Almond. It is suggested that you use good quality essential oils and always use a dropper in the bottle to make it easy for measuring the actual number of drops required. When blending oils a correct dilution percentage for essential oils is recommended.
ALWAYS REFER TO HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN USING ESSENTIAL OILS AND IF UNSURE SEEK ADVICE FROM A QUALIFIED AROMATHERAPIST.
Health and Safety Advice
- Essential oils are affected by sunlight therefore should be stored in dark glass bottles, with tight stopper caps in a cool environment. The cap should be secured properly and the bottle stored in an upright position.
- Always ensure the integral dropper is in place as this acts as a guard against over consumption when blending essential oils.
- Keep essential oils out of reach from children
- Store essential oils in plastic bottles. Good Essential oils have a shelf life of several years if properly stored, except citrus oils which have approximately a shelf life of 6 months.
- Always carry out a patch test 24 hours before commencing any treatment as certain oils may cause skin sensitivity or an adverse reaction in some individuals.
- Discontinue use immediately any skin irritation occurs while using essential oils.
- Some essential oils (mainly citrus oils) are photo toxic and cause skin irritaion. Avoid exposing skin to the sun 24 hours after treatment.
- If essential oil gets into the eye quickly flush the eye with cold full fat milk to dilute the effects. If stinging continues, seek immediate medical advice.
- Do not take essential oils internally unless under strict medical supervision or if in advised by a qualified Aromatherapist. If taken internally by accident then seek medical advice immediately
- Never use an undiluted essential oil directly on the skin, always dilute in a suitable base product. Only Lavender & Tea Tree can be used neat in very small amounts 1-2 drops but not on a regular basis.
- If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffer from epilepsy, have high/low blood pressure or any other health conditions please seek professional advice from a qualified Aromatherapist before using essential oils.
- Always check for any contradictions between medication and essential oils as some essential oils can interfere with certain prescribed medication.When adding essential oils to bath water dilute it first in a small amount of full fat milk or a dispersing bath oil so it does not settle on the top of the water and cause skin irritation or burns.