I love my essential oils. That’s not new information. And of course I share the oils with my friends, family, colleagues- I learn about the oils and I teach about the oils. Occasionally I meet someone who either has had an allergic reaction to essential oils or who decides to try essential oils and has skin sensitivity.
First, make sure you are using 100% pure essential oils that have not been adulterated in any way.
Second, always do a skin patch test (the wrist is a good place) to any oils you have not used.
Third, if you are going to use essential oils topically (neat or diluted) be sure to ditch the other personal care products you may be using that might result in toxicity when mixed with essential oils…
Be careful when mixing your personal care products and essential oils
Said differently, dump the toxins from your grocery list before you apply 100% pure nature. 🙂 Essential oils are powerful substances- volatile plant material. I pesonally integrate the oils into an intentional lifestyle. I have long said, “Ditch the fragrant candles, scented laundry detergent and dryer sheets, chemical household cleaners…” but this extends to our shampoos, conditioners, lotions and colognes.
Occasionally, individuals beginning to use essential oils will suffer rashes or allergic reactions. This may be due to using an undiluted spice, conifer or citrus oil, OR it may be caused by an interaction of the oil with residues of synthetic, petroleum-based personal care products that have leached into the skin… [some personal care products contain chemicals and compounds]…that can be toxic and present the possibility of reacting with essential oils and producing byproducts of unknown toxicity…`excerpted from Essential Oils: Integrative Medical Guide by D. Gary Young.
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