I’m so excited about this post! I’ve been preparing for it for months! It feels like my breastfeeding post all over again! I feel like it will be such a great resource to those of you out there pulling your hair out, looking for an easier way!
So, a hot topic of the year: essential oils. I didn’t want to ever educate others with information that was subjective or scattered, so I studied my brains out, questioned everything, annoyed the top dogs in the aromatherapy world, and took lots and lots of note from lots and lots of books. The result is my own practice of using essential oils that I am confident about, is safe for my babies, safe for my whole family in the long run, safe for our household, and most importantly, safe and thorough enough for me to share with others through education and support. I hope this doesn’t come off as cocky, since that is the last thing I wish to imply, I’m only stating that who you fall in line with will guide a lot of your steps in your own oil journey, and ignoring the facts and proven safe methods of usage is not only hazardous to yourself and your own children, but is hazardous to the domino effect of people that you may educate or model to-even in passing- in the years to come. Be safe guys. Be smart. Don’t be silly.
I want to keep this post short and concise, so let us begin. First and foremost, when you’re using your oils topically, it’s a fantastic idea to dilute them, instead of using them “neat” or undiluted. Diluting them comes with a slew of benefits, and I don’t ever want to see someone hurt or turned away from these wonderful assets caused by something that was totally preventable by dilution!
Diluting your oils allows you to increase the surface area of application, reduces the risk of any irritation reactions,or God forbid, sensitization or phototoxic reactions that might occur. It gives those tiny, volatile oil constituents a vehicle to use as it enters the body by enhancing absorption through dry skin, it offers a base for blends, and in my personal opinion, actually puts the oils to work better than when done undiluted (yes…I’ve tried).
To simply put it, you should be diluting your oils when rubbing them on your body especially large areas or for extended periods of time, and you should DEFINITELY not be putting them undiluted on your children. Robert Tisserand, one of the world’s leading experts in aromatherapy states that 75% of essential oil accident cases in the USA involve children up to 6 years of age. This is nonsense. Children are not capable of making these informed decisions themselves, we as parents are making the excellent step toward caring for our children in a holistic manner, but it must be done so in an educated way. If the person advising you has not done the education themselves, then find another person. This cycle of misinformation must be halted, because these oils are fantastic tools to have in our home, but they are tools that need respect. I am not claiming to be an expert-I still learn more every single day! But, I have studied what the experts in this field advise, and implementing their suggestions into my life has made my relationship with oils easier to define, and much more enjoyable and organized.
So, why wouldn’t someone dilute their oils if it’s cheaper, safer, more beneficial, and more effective? There’s a few reasons that I hear pretty often, so I thought I would address each of those below.
1. I hear lots of complaints that diluting oils every single application is wasteful and tedious. I agree, if you’re diluting it into your hand, but let’s take another route. On this route you’ll actually SAVE time, find that it’s much more convenient. You’ll also save a whole bunch of money in the long run by stretching out that lovely bottle of goodness down to the last drop. Our precious oils (if buying good quality) are not cheap, nor should they be! Make those pennies count!
Here’s my steps for success:
2. Spend some time one day filling your rollerballs with a certain amount of your selected essential oils, then filling it the rest of the way with your carrier oil (i.e. the fractionated coconut oil).
3. Label your bottles to identify the oil(s).
4. Create a place to keep your diluted oils. I suggest separating oils diluted for children from oils diluted for adults (since the dilution percentage will often differ), or you can label them in a way that distinguishes one from another.
TIP: When diluting an oil that comes packaged IN a rollerball already, simply pop the top off of that rollerball, then use a pipette (one will come with the rollerball set linked above) to drop the recommended number of drops into an empty rollerball, then top that with fractionated coconut oil!
2. How do I know how many drops to use? This was MY big question for the longest time. I was so conflicted by all of the charts that I was finding online…to top it off, I was finding blends on social media that had like 50 drops of oil in it that they were using on 3 month olds (10 drops of this, 15 drops of that, 15 drops of another…) I couldn’t imagine that only using 3 drops of essential oil in a coconut oil filled rollerball could actually be therapeutic if everyone else was using 20 times more! Well, after a few hot dates with my oil safety guide, a few emails to various professionals, and a whole lot of case study reading dealing with toxicity and sensitivity levels, I’ve compiled a chart that’s conclusive, easy to read, and super cute. It’s pretty much my favorite thing about this post,because I had to use photoshop to make it, which was pretty much like decoding a bomb for me. ha! I urge you all to print this out, keep it handy, share it with your friends, and use it! Of course you might do 5 drops instead of 4, or there may be certain instances where a dilution higher than 10% can be used for short periods of time and in very small places (think sprains, strains, bug bites). Determining how to dilute will be based on your preference, oil chemistry of choice, and your own sensitivity levels, but for the most part, the chart is a great guiding light, ESPECIALLY for using oils on little ones, sensitive ones, or the elderly. You can view the document here as well.
3. I don’t have anywhere to store all of these things! Well, it’s time to get organized then, mama! In my experience, the better something is organized the more likely you are to use it AND enjoy using it! My oils are so important to me, and they are almost characteristic of who I am also, therefore keeping them thrown into a bin or tossed around in the cabinet was not doing them or my relationship with them any good! I tried out a half dozen different storage solutions, only to find disappointment in each one, but I’ve finally found a variety that really do work beautifully, and won’t hurt your pocketbook!
I like to use clear acrylic holders, since no matter which room in the house I may transfer the collections to, they will blend in beautifully! Lipstick holders are perfect for rollerballs, personal inhalers, and 5 ML bottles of oil from my specific oil vendor (doTERRA). I love this one. I find that the tiered look, or “stadium” style ones work best so that you can see each row one above the other! Below are photos of the holder working with rollerballs, with 5 ML vials, and then one of it empty so you can see what it looks like!
Nailpolish, or spice holders are fantastic for the larger vials of oil, and present them so that you can see every single option right before your eyes! Look for one that holds however many oils you expect to collect, or just buy a couple to house your growing stock! This is the one that I use and love!
So, do you feel more confident now in moving forward with using your oils topically? This might be a huge change for some, or a welcome relief for others who were stressing about this previously. Keep in mind that every person is different, as is every oil. Things may change from one scenario to another, but having a solid foundation to turn to for the day to day nitty gritty is such a blessing!
Well…that and organization.
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