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Essential Bliss, Issue #017 -- Can you use essential oils undiluted on the skin?
April 01, 2010
Welcome to the April edition of essential-oil-goddess.com e-zine which aims to provide you with fun and interesting information about using essential oils in everyday life.
This month, I explain whether you can use an undiluted essential oil on the skin. Raindrop Technique is a great example of essential oils being used undiluted on the skin. In fact I would use up to 140 drops undiluted in a full session. Read on for more details.
Essential Bliss is dedicated to assisting you with your essential oil and aromatherapy questions.
The "Bliss" oil of the month Oregano. It seems appropriate to choose an oil that some people think should not be used undiluted on the skin. It is used in Raindrop Technique neat on the skin. It is one of the most anti-viral, anti-bacterial essential oils available. Read on for more information.
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Wishing you a essential oil filled April!
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Can You Use Undiluted Essential Oils on the Skin?People are often surprised that I use my essential oils neat or undiluted on skin.
Please note: Oregano and thyme are high in phenols and may irritate nasal membranes or skin if inhaled directly or appled neat. Some other essential oils are naturally high in skin irritants such as cinnamon. Please use caution and always use essential oils as directed on the bottle.
The reason that I am able to do this is that I know my essential oils are pure in every sense of the word.
I had a client once who had written on her client history form "allergic to lavender." I asked her what happens when she uses lavender and she replied "I get a rash."
After further investigation, I asked if I could "skin test" my lavender essential oil. She agreed and I place one drop on the inside of her forearm. No reaction! She was not allergic to "pure, high grade, therapeutic grade essential oils".
Below are some of the criteria that you can use to assess your own essential oil. Examine the bottle and ask questions of the manufacturer. It should be pure enough to eat.
If you see the words "Not to be taken internally" on the bottle, my first question would be "Why?" Some essential oils are cut, adulterated, have concentrated pesticides, herbicides or preservatives in them. Ask the questions and get the answers to be absolutely sure your essential oils are pure.
Here are the questions:
Does the bottle show its botanical name? Pure lavender essential oil is labelled Lavendula officinalis. Lavandin is labelled Lavandula fiagrans. Lavandin does not have the strong healing qualities of lavender.
Is the part of the plant used noted on the bottle? For example, cinnamon bark is a skin irritant, cinnamon leaf is not. If you have adulterated oil this could be a BIG problem.
Does it specify the country of origin? East Indian sandalwood has far better therapeutic qualities than West Indian Sandalwood.
Does the bottle specify the method of extraction? and are the distillers located at the farm? (or is it easy to find out from the company) Some essential oils have been greatly diluted by distilling the same plant material two or three times or travelled many miles (and therefore plant material loses it efficacy) to the distillery.
Is the bottle labelled "100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil?" Therapeutic grade means the plant material was distilled at low temperature and low pressure and will preserve the most chemical constituents. High pressure and High temperatures make perfume grade oil and some of the vital and active chemical constituents could be missing. It is like boiling your veggies on high making it inferior to fresh produce.
Is the essential oil guaranteed organic, chemical, pesticide and heavy metal free? Some essential oils are labelled organic but preservatives and other chemicals are added during the distillation process.
Does the bottle have a batch number? This is sooo important! It shows that each batch has been individually tested. Some companies random test the oils so purity cannot me guaranteed in every bottle.
If essential oils are going to be used neat on the skin, the purity must be guaranteed. Don't mess around with inferior products just because they are cheaper. There is could be a reason for lower costs - cutting corners, adding fillers, or making identical products instead of the real thing.
If you want great results, use great essential oils, if you want inferior results (and who wants that?) well no one wants inferior results!
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Good Enough to Eat!
Please check with health care professional and/or consult the Essential Oils Desk Reference for safety information.
PLEASE NOTE: I only use pure therapeutic grade essential oil from Young Living and the recipes above are based on Young Living Essential Oils. You can order from my store or contact me for more information.
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Oregano: Bliss Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Of the MonthIntroduction:
Oregano is listed in Hildegard's Medicine, a compilation of early German medicines by highly regarded Benedictine herbalist Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179).
The Essential Oils Desk Reference states that oregano "creates a sense of security."
It is an oil that is highly sort after for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Kurt Schnaubelt, author of Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy calls oregano "aromatherapy's heavy artillery" for bacterial infections.
Can cause skin irritation (dilution highly recommended).
Carolyn L. Mein's Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils is a great reference for emotions. She states Oregano supports:
Oregano is my favourite essential oil to use if I feel a cold or flu is coming on. I will add a drop to the bottom of each foot (on either myself, my husband or my children) especially as a booster with Thieves Essential Oil Blend (a highly anti-viral, anti-bacterial blend). I find using this at night just before sleep, then by the morning any sickness is well and truly gone.
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