As is the case with cannabis, essential oils can help you live a better life. Essential oils, when used appropriately, can support the health of your skin, body, and mind. Terpenes, which are found in most essential oils, offer a wide-variety of health benefits greater than skin-deep. They can help relieve your pain and even alleviate anxiety among many other benefits. However, these oils are made out of concentrated extracts that need to be handled with care.
When mishandled, you can suffer some unfortunate side effects such as skin rashes, phototoxicity and even poisoning in the most extreme of cases. With that in mind, here is a guide to safely using essential oils.
There are very many different types of essential oil uses. Some people like applying them topically while others prefer to ingest them. Some still would rather have them diffused into an aroma they can breathe in. Every type of use has its own safety measures to consider. Let's start with how to safely use essential oils topically.
Essential oils often require dilution. Even though some are more concentrated than others, the general rule of thumb is to keep those concentration levels under 5%. One of the most effective ways to do this is to use carrier oils (vegetable-based oils).
Diluting at 1% is equivalent to adding about six drops of your essential oil to an ounce of a vegetable oil-based carrier oil. The carrier oil will help make it easier to spread the essential oil over a large surface area as well as carry it safely onto your sensitive skin.
There are some essential oils that you can use without diluting. These include:
It is, however, highly advisable to only undertake precise application under strict professional supervision.
Some essential oils simply must be diluted before use. These include:
Whether you are using an essential oil that requires dilution or not, the prudent thing to do is to carry out a patch test to see if there is any skin irritation. Apply the essential oil to a small patch of your skin and let it sit for 24 hours. If there are no adverse reactions such as itchiness or blistering, then you know that your skin will not react to the oil.
The truth is you should avoid ingesting essential oils unless you have advanced training or are under the supervision of a professional. Oral ingestions, or other forms of internal application such as in the mouth, on your eyes or in the vagina could cause extensive unforeseeable side effects. This is because essential oils, for the most part, aren't as consistently regulated as other products.
Aromatherapy happens to be one of the most beneficial ways to remedy a number of issues including insomnia and respiratory issues. If you want to improve your sleep, try inhaling lavender and if you want to ease your stress and anxiety, try inhaling sweet orange and so on. Here are some popular and common essential oils that work well with aromatherapy:
Aromatherapy works in two ways; you can either inhale it or diffuse it. Inhalation is best for respiratory issues while diffusion works well for mood management.
Use these safety precautions when diffusion your essential oils:
Various concerns are doing their rounds about using and diffusing essential oils around pets, children and pregnant women. While it is true that some essential oils are good for one group but bad for another, knowing which is which takes a great deal of research. Here are some general guidelines on when not to use essential oils:
The general rule of thumb is that you should always closely follow the instructions given by the manufacturer and when trying out riskier operations such as using your essential oils internally then you should always do so under the supervision of a qualified and trained professional.
Another option other than essential oils is a CBD tincture. Simply shake the bottle before use and put 1/3 of a dropper under your tongue for ten seconds. You can then take a few deep breaths and begin to feel some relief within thirty minutes.
Heylo always recommends finding CBD products that offer a full-spectrum of the plant’s native terpenes to increase efficacy and decrease potential side-effects.