Everyone seems to be enjoying the benefit of essential oils. Whether it’s the smell of a single oil or a blend that leaves you feeling relaxed or refreshed, here are a few facts you might want to know about essential oils.
- Essential oils are extremely concentrated. 256 pounds of peppermint leaves are used to make one pound of peppermint essential oil. With that in mind, consider that one drop of peppermint essential oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea. Be careful how much you use….a little goes a long way.
- It’s not a good idea to use undiluted essential oils directly on your skin. Due to the level of concentration and the various properties of each essential oil, some oils can cause a reaction such as a rash or burn. There are oils such as citrus oils or oils such as lemongrass that can be irritating to the skin and are definitely never to be used undiluted. Every time you use an oil, make sure it’s diluted in a carrier oil or other emulsifier.
- The internal use of essential oils is not recommended. Think about it this way...a small amount of essential oil can be equivalent to 10-50 cups of herbal tea. Just because an essential oil is made from a herb like thyme or basil, it does not mean it’s safe to use in your favorite recipe.
- Keep your essential oils stored in a dark spot and make sure they are not stored in plastic bottles. Remember….they are potent and could potentially eat through plastic.
- Pregnant women and children should be cautious when using certain essential oils. Oils such as basil, pennyroyal and wintergreen should be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Check this safety list for do’s and don’t during pregnancy Use the same precautions when using essential oils with children.