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Essential oil precautions

By December 18, 2020 April 1st, 2021 No Comments

Essential oil precautions

Essential oils are very concentrated substances and therefore it is important to take precautions:

  1. Test for allergies first, before using any oil. Simply dab a bit on the inside of your wrist and wait for 20-30 minutes to see if there’s a reaction.
  2. Avoid putting essential oils in your eyes, nose, mouth and genitals. These mucous membranes are more sensitive to chemical compounds.
  3. Always use a carrier oil when applying essential oil to the skin. Never use undiluted essential oils on your skin, as they may cause irritation. Here’s a good dilution ratio to follow:

 

  • Newborn babies of 0 – 3 months: Do not use essential oils at all.
  • Infants 3 months to 2 years: 0.25% dilution which is 1 drop in 4 tsp of carrier oil applied topically.
  • Toddlers 2 to 6 years: 0.5% dilution which is 1 drop in 2 tsp of carrier oil.
  • Children from 6 to 15 years: 1% dilution which is 1 drop in 1 tsp of carrier oil.
  • Adults: 2% dilution which is 2 drops in 1 tsp of carrier oil.
  1. Essential oils can be used during pregnancy and nursing but you must use them under the supervision of a qualified health care professional. During the first trimester, avoid essential oils completely because many essential oils are emmenagogues which means they promote uterine contractions which leads to abortion and premature births.
  2. Keep out of reach from young children.
  3. Purchase only pure oils in glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.\
  4. Never give them to pets internally.
  5. Some essential oils are photo toxic which means they react to sun exposure. These essential oils are mainly citrus oils such as bergamot, sweet orange, wild orange, grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime and other citrus oils. If using citrus oils, avoid sun exposure, use it in the night time or use it in essential oil products that won’t stay on your skin like hand washes, body washes, shampoo, bath recipes, etc.
  6. Essential Oils are flammable so keep them away from open flames.

Essential Ingredients

The most Essential Ingredients for making body care products at home are:

  1. Castile Liquid Soap – a surfactant that lifts the dirt
  2. Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) – a deodorizer and whitener, as well as a gentle
  3. Witch Hazel – a topical cooling agent or astringent.
  4. Coconut Oil – A light, quickly absorbed oilthat restores skins natural oil balance and gives an overall healthy glow. Nourishes deeply yet absorbs quickly, without leaving a greasy residue.
  5. Glycerine – a lubricant to increase the ease of product application and as a humectant to draw moisture into the skin.
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar – a natural toner, antibacterial properties, softens and exfoliates skin, reduces red spots, and balances the pH of your skin.
  7. Aloe Vera Gel – a cool soothing gel used for moisturising or thickening, soothes irritated skin, calms redness and reduces inflammation.
  8. Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter – high in vitamins, smooth, creamy and deeply moisturizing products that are gentle on the skin with anti-inflammatory affects that assist with dryness, dermatitis, eczema and burns.
  9. Coconut Milk- anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral as well as smooth and nourishing for the skin and hair.
  10. Essential Oils – aromatic plants in the form of essential oils and waters help support and enhance health both physically and emotionally. They have a multitude of benefits and can be absorbed into the body through the skin and nose.
  11. Distilled Water – purified water used as solvent in beauty products.

Body Care Recipes

Hand wash

  • ½ cup distilled water
  • ½ cup castile soap
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil (any oil)
  • 15 drops tea tree
  • 5-10 drops lavender
  1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container or pump bottle

Foaming hand soap

Add essential oil and castile soap to a foaming soap dispenser and top off with water.  This makes an all-natural, gentle, foaming hand soap.

Body Wash

  • ½ cup rosewater
  • 1/3 cup witch hazel
  • 2tbsp liquid castile soap
  • 1-2 tbsp oil (almond or olive) – optional for moisturizing
  1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container or pump bottle

Shower gel

This recipe can easily be adjusted for the amount that you want to make. It will last up to six months at room temperature.

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir until well combined; use an immersion blender to make it easier to get the gel to incorporate with the liquid soap.
  2. Transfer the mixture to an empty shower gel container or a mason jar.

Baby Wash

  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 1 tbsp glycerin
  • 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 10-ounce foaming soap container
  1. Add all the ingredients to the foaming soap container and top off with water.
  2. Shake before each use to combine the ingredients.

Face Wash

  • ¼ cup castile soap liquid
  • 2 tbsp distilled water
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil or jojoba oil
  • Pump bottle
  1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container.

Face Wash for Sensitive skin

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed, not melted)
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container for storage.
  3. Massage a dime-size amount of the cleanser into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Face Wash for Oily Skin 

  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  1. Pour the ingredients into a foaming soap container.
  2. Shake well before each use.

Face Wash for Dry Skin 

  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Use a dime-size amount per face washing.  Massage into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Face Wash for Acne prone skin

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 3 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 1 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container for storage.
  3. Dab a cotton ball or cotton cloth into the mixture and rub onto the face.  Let it sit for 30 seconds and then rinse off.
  4. Apple cider vinegar can dry out the skin, so use this one only when having a breakout.

Face Wash for anti-aging skin

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed, not melted)
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon castile soap
  • 4 drops rose essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Use a dime-size amount per face washing.  Massage into the face and rinse off with warm water.

Bubble Bath

  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 1/2 cup vegetable glycerin
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel, (optional)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil, (optional)
  1. Add all the ingredients to an airtight glass container.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup into a warm bath under the stream of water.
  3. Lasts 2 months

Milk Bath

  • 2 cups powdered milk (goat, cow, coconut)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salt (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Herbs of choice such as lavender, rose petals (optional)
  1. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl, except the essential oil. Stir to combine.
  2. Drop-in essential oils and mix with dry ingredients. (see blends below)
  3. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the mixture into a warm bath. Soak and enjoy it!
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

OIL BLENDS

RELAX

Lavender + Roman Chamomile + Geranium

UPLIFT

Grapefruit + Wild Orange + Lemon

SOOTHING

Peppermint + Bergamont + Wintergreen

RESPIRATORY

Eucalyptus + Siberian Fir + Lime

CITRUS

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops lime

FLORAL

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops patchouli
  • 5 drops chamomile

FRESH

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 5 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops cypress

MINTY

  • 5 drops spearmint (or peppermint)
  • 5 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops wintergreen

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