Even if your Essential Oils are 100% Pure, They are not 100% Safe

Even if your Essential Oils are 100% Pure, They are not 100% Safe

It amazes me when I hear people say that because their essential oils are 100 percent pure therapeutic grade, or certified pure therapeutic grade or organic that they are 100% pure they are 100% safe.  Well I’m here to tell you that even water can kill a person if they drink too much (like a fu*kTon of it) but still there have been people that have overdosed on water…. and Essential Oils are a lot more concentrated and powerful than water people.  A lion is 100% pure and natural, but you wouldn’t want to cuddle with a hungry one would you?

The bottom line is that I don’t believe that substances are safe, or unsafe.  I believe that people create safe and unsafe situations with substances.  Aaaand that’s why it is important to talk about dilution.  Dilution is important for a number of reasons.  Sensitization doesn’t happen overnight, it is a reaction that your body develops as a result of overexposure to substances multiple times.  One day you wake up and start breaking out in a rash from your beloved Jazmine oil, but it wasn’t that day that caused the problem. It was all the times before that, when you put a very powerful (too powerful) substance on your body neat, your body became more and more irritated with the invader (jazmine in this case) until it finally said enough is enough.  Sensitization is a great reason to dilute, you don’t want your body to get rid of your favorite scent do you?

People argue all the time that if you diffuse it, it isn’t being diluted… well when you diffuse it, the droplets are being broken down into micro droplets, so although they aren’t diluted you aren’t getting nearly the same quantity of drops.

So what is proper dilution?

Experts Say that depending on the age and size of the person the dilution rate ranges from 2-5% of Essential Oil to carrier oil.  An easy way to remember this is that if you mix in a 5ml roller ball (find out why I prefer 5 ml roller balls in a later post), 1 drop of essential oil is the equivalent of 1% of essential oil in the mixture when you top the bottle off with your carrier oil.  This is in very simplistic terms but it is a far cry from the way my essential oil educator told me to put between 30 and 50 drops in a 10ml roller ball (thats about 3 times more than what experts recommend for an adult looking for therapeutic benefits).  And My oils last so much longer,,, I wonder if that is why so many people say to apply them neat,,, it uses more oil? Costing you more $, and making them more $?

So one of the crazy things people ask is how can I make a 1% roller ball of a recipe that calls for 3 different types of oils.  Trust me I struggled with this a little bit too.

For Example one Children’s Migraine Essential Oil Blend calls for:

  • 4 Drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Spearmint Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 6 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Well I’m glad you asked because the answer is not to just put 1 drop of each in the roller ball and hope for the best even though that is what some oily people will tell you.  The answer is that you mix the essential oils together in a different container ( I love using sample vials for this) and then put the appropriate number of drops of that mixture into your roller ball and top with carrier oil  This method is better for 2 reasons.

  1. The first reason this is that you know you are always being safe and not potentially developing a sensitivity.
  2. The second reason is that individually your essential oils have great qualities, however together, their therapeutic qualities magnify.  — that is the definition of synergy.    And I didn’t make it up, It is actually from pg 11 of The Complete book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy .

 

 

With little people that can’t tell us any different I would go with less is more and always err on the side of caution.  Here is what Worwood says on the topic, and she is the most thorough source I can find.  Not to mention her ratios are the most conservative which is where I would start with my children.  In addition to giving the dilution ratios, she gives a list of oils that are safe to be used at each stage of development, which makes total sense because as their bodies are developing, they may not be able to process or assimilate all the oils.

  • Children 2 weeks to 2 months can have 1 drop in 2 Tablespoons of Carrier Oil of Essential oil of german or roman chamomile, lavender or mandarin.  (That’s 1 drop total, not one drop of each).
  • 3-6 Month old infants can have 2 drops of Essential Oil in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil or Camellia Seed carrier oil of German or roman Chamomile, Coriander seed, geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Melaleuca.  Again that is 2 drops total of any of these oils, not 2 drops of each of them.
  • 7 Mont old to 2 year old infants can have 3-4 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond or camellia Seed oil of the following oils: German or roman chamomile, Coriander Seed, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Manuka, Sweet Orange, palmarosa, Ravensara, Thyme Linalol
  • 3-5 year olds can have 4-6 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil of: German or Roman cahmomile, Frankincense, Geranium, ginger, Lavender, mandarine, Manuka, Palmarosa, Ravensara, Ravintsara, Rosewood, Spearmint, Melaleuca
  • Children 6-8 Years can have 5-7 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of Sweet almond oil: Roman or German chamomile, Clary Sage, Coriander Seed, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fragonia, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Ho Wood, Lavender, mandarin, Manuka, Niaouli, Sweet Orange, palmarosa, Petitgrain, Ravensara, Ravintsara, Rosemary, rosewood, Spearmint, Tangerine, Melaleuca, Thyme, Ylang Ylang
  • Children 9-12 years can have 6-8 drops diluted in carrier oil of choice

 

That’s it for now.  I hope this helps you dilute on a more consistent basis, and even if you are ok with applying neat, just remember before you tell someone else it is fine remember that they might be more sensitive than you, their physiological make up is different than you and just because it is good for you, doesn’t mean that it is good for them.  It is so much better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

 

Essential Oils for Inauguration Day

Today I am packing and prepping for my journey from Dallas TX, to Washington DC, not to attend the Inauguration as I would have loved to do in previous elections, but to attend the Women’s March on Washington.  What started out as an idea from one woman in Hawaii the day after the recent election has turned into a global event with more than 615 marches organized in 32 different countries on 6 continents.  It is a really beautiful, and reassuring thing to witness so many people come together to stand for human rights and equality for all people.  I must admit, I do live in a little bit of a bubble, or maybe I choose to surround myself with like minded people, but I really thought all the racism, sexism and all the other isms were a thing of the past, I was unfortunately wrong. (That might be the only time you hear me say that, as I am normally right).

Anyway as I continue to nervously pack my bags, I began to think about what I needed.  Snacks to take on the march so I don’t get hangry, a water bottle, clean underwear,,,,oh yeah and essential oils.  Wherever you are tomorrow, whether it is hiding under the blankets, going to a sister march, or an average day at work, there are ways that essential oils can help your mood.

Throughout this election I have used a series of blends.  In  the weeks following the election I chose to wear a blend called Console which promotes feelings of comfort and hope counteracting emotions such as grief, sadness and hopelessness. I really wanted to pull my hair out, it wasn’t pretty!

I have however moved to a different stage of grief, and tomorrow, I will be choosing some different blends.  I will be applying Balance, a grounding blend on the plane, I find that this blend keeps me grounded in my beliefs but with a calm open mind.  That and the noise cancelling headphones should keep all the plane noise from bugging me out.  Then during the march I will use a combination of Peace blend, which counteracts feelings of anxiousness and fear, promoting peace and reassurance (I don’t do large crowds, like ever, so I totally need this one).  The other blend I will be using is Motivate, which promotes feelings of confidence, courage and belief.  These seem like the two blends that combined will bring out the most confident and clam parts of me.

Even as I write this it sounds like voodoo bull$hit, so I don’t expect anyone to believe it without a little background info on studies and how it works.  Honestly, I’ve heard lectures on this stuff, but my eyes sort of glaze over at the science part of it, I just know how I feel when I use the oils.  But here you go, it’s brief.

According to an American College of Healthcare Sciences, one study done with 58 patients suffering from terminal cancer reported a decrease in pain and depression after receiving an aromatherapy hand massage using Bergamot, Lavender and Frankincense essential oils diluted with Almond oil. All the patients reported a difference, which is significant. At least to me it is. Another study showed that weekly inhalation of Bergamont essential oil reduced anxiety, blood pressure and drove the autonomic nervous system towards a balanced state (calming anxiety), and lets face it, who doesn’t need that right now!

Are you wondering just how this works. Well, here’s my attempt at a summary from the lectures and articles I’ve read.  When you inhale odorant particles, they travel through your olfactory system and bind to neurons.  Inside the neurons there are protein receptors which are turned into electronic impulses and travel to the limbic or (emotional response) part of the brain.  In the limbic portion of the brain they come into contact with the hypothalamus and pituitary glands that affect your body’s chemistry.  When you inhale an essential oil that has a calming vibration, the hypothalamus receives the calming message and creates neuro chemicals that tell the body to reduce the heart rate and nerves.  Conversely, if you smell an essential oil with an energetic vibration, your body does the opposite.

Whatever you are doing tomorrow try putting some oils in your Essential Oil Diffuser, such as bergamont, Lavender, Frankincense to help you stay calm, 3 drops of each in your diffuser is all you need.  If you are reading this and you are excited about tomorrows events, you need more help than I can offer.

I read Jenny Lawson’s (thebloggless, sofa king funny, you should check it out)  post today and she was saying that although she is scared about the immediate future, we will all be ok,  I think she is right, so as I prepare for my trip I have my oils packed and others diffusing. I take solace in her words, and the love that most of the world has for humanity.

If you see me at the march on Saturday, hit me up, I will totally share my oils or snacks or whatever else I have that you may need with you.  Big Love and Peace to you all.

 Lavender is like the girl who has it all, looks so beautiful, smells great, can affect peoples minds, and has great posture!