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Guide to Use

When using essential oils, DO:

  • Obtain information on the oil(s) prior to use
  • Mix an essential oil with a "carrier" oil prior to use in massage. Essential oils are highly concentrated, and can cause skin irritation if they are not mixed with a carrier oil such as almond, olive, or sunflower
  • Use small amounts. In massage, 1 fluid ounce of carrier oil should have 12 to 15 drops of essential oil added.
  • For sensitive skin, or children under 12 use approximately 2 fluid ounces of carrier oil, and 12 drops of essential oil. On children, or sensitive skin types, it is best to try a skin patch test before use.
  • When combining with carrier oils, mix only the amount that can be used in a relatively short period of time. When properly stored in a cool, dark place, essential oils on their own can last for years. However, when combined with a carrier, oils will turn rancid within three months.
  • When using in the bath, 10 to 12 drops of essential oil should be used. The water temperature should be sufficiently hot to ensure the oil mixes fully with the water, thus producing effects through both direct skin contact, and the breathing of oil enhanced steam.
  • Buy only high quality oils. Synthetic oils do not have the healing power of the natural products.
  • Consult an aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition.

When using essential oils, DO NOT:

  • Take any oils internally unless advised by a professional aromatherapist.
  • Store oils in plastic containers.
  • Use citrus based oils prior to sunbathing or using a tanning bed, as they are phototoxic.
  • Use a steam inhalation method if you are asthmatic.

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