Updated: May 8
Lately there has been more talk about pure essential oils (PEO). Starting a journey using PEO's can be very overwhelming. There are a lot of choices and options when choosing a PEO that works. Aromatherapy is becoming more available for healthy living, and this is a good thing. This blog is to give you some information based on my professional understanding for your optimal well being.
Your Best Choice | As a Master Aromatherapist, my first choice isn't always suggesting a PEO's for symptoms that are common. Often, the actual botanical, plant or herb is a much more gentler and safer option for your body. PEO's are concentrated medicine, therefore, more is not better. Herbal teas, for instance, work with the body's metabolism, endocrine and digestion systems. Raw Nutrition, including herbal teas often can be just what the body is needing for better performance. Minerals with Vitamins are extremely vital in feeling better. Most basic health concerns can be balanced with easy solutions, whereas PEO's may cause a harsh reaction to the body's intricate systems.
Dilute, Dilute, Dilute | PEO's are highly concentrated with various levels of toxicity. Doing a skin patch test on the inner arm will indicate possible caustic reaction, ranging from mild contact dermatitis, blistering rash, or permanent loss of pigmentation. As a general guideline, the proper duration of use should be no longer than two weeks at a time. Within the two weeks permanent skin sensitization can also occur, so be aware of any skin changes. PEO's have to be diluted prior to ANY application. The most appropriate way to apply PEO's to the skin is adding to a Carrier Oil (usually vegetable oils) of your choice. Carrier Oils may be : Apricot Kernel, Borage, Castor, Coconut, Jojoba, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond, etc. Never use on babies, toddlers or elderly, there are specific guidelines for proper dilution. Never take PEO internally unless you are under the care of a Certified Aromatherapist.
Blend vs Single | Another thing to consider: just because it works for someone else doesn't guarantee that across the board. This is why making standardized statements about PEO's can be misleading. Start with a single oil before moving onto a blend. Allergic reaction deduction will be easier. Risks are dependent on factors such as : age, health, current medications and body chemistry.
Medical Concerns | Some PEO's can interfere with prescription drugs or are not advised for people with certain medical conditions. For example, Rosemary is one of my favorite PEO's, however, it can be a serious contraindication to someone who has epilepsy. PEO's can be seen as pathogenic. There is an intricacy using them in a healthy body. So, seeking professional advice is imperative prior to using with prescription drugs.
Empower Your Health | There is some great information out there for you to obtain for empowering your natural health choices regarding PEO proper usage. Educating yourself can be as simple as reading some highly recommended books, taking a class offered by a Certified Aromatherapist and personal research. Most importantly understand that PEOs can be a great asset to your health when used properly.