Using Essential Oils on the Skin SAFELY
**Safety is always our number 1 concern when crafting products.
Dilutions: Depending on the specific oil and the situation, a total of 5-18 drops of essential oil goes into 1 oz. of carrier oil (vegetable based oil such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil) or unscented cream. These amounts vary based on the person for whom you are making the blend (see dilutions below) and on the strength of the specific oil you are using. For example, you can use several drops of Lavender to every 1 drop of Rose.
1% dilution: 5-6 total drops of essential oil in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. This dilution is used for children, elders, chronically ill persons, and pregnant women.
2% dilution: 10-12 total drops of essential oils in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. This dilution is used for the average adult and daily or long-term use of the product.
3% dilution: 15-18 total drops of essential oil in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. This dilution is used for specific illnesses or for acute injury. Blends made at this dilution are used for a week or two, for an acute situation.
Using Essential Oils in a Bath
Salts: Add the essential oils into a bath salt. (Sea Salt and Epsom Salts are nice.) Add 8-10 drops total of essential oil to each ounce of salt. Use 1 tablespoon of that blended salt in a full bath.
Milk: Add 3-4 total drops of essential oil to a cup of milk. Add the milk to your full bath.
Jojoba oil: Add 3-4 drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of Jojoba oil and add to your full bath.
Using Essential Oils in a Spray
In a 2-ounce spray bottle filled with water add 10-15 drops of essential oils and spray freely in any room.
Using Essential Oils in a Steam
To do a steam, add 1 drop of essential oil, or 1 drop of a blend of several essential oils, to a bowl of steamy water. Make sure the water is just steaming, not boiling. CLOSE YOUR EYES and lean over the bowl and breathe in the oil. To enhance the effects use a towel over your head to create a tent to hold the steam in.
· Aroma preferences: top, middle, and base notes
· Concerns/goals of client
· Chemistry of the oils
· Method of application (Consider what is practical and where compliance may/may not be)
· Subtle energetics of the oils
· Acute and chronic issues
· Safety concerns
· While you are deciding which oils to use and smelling the oils, you can use the coffee beans to "clear your palate." This works very well to clear the aroma of the oils from your nose. You don't have to smell the coffee beans after each oil, but maybe after smelling five or six oils.