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10 Simple Dos and Don’ts for Using Essential Oils

Do use essential oils to help your body deal with issues such as emotions, skin problems, muscle pain, and respiration. This is where essential oils really shine and will provide the most benefit.

Do try different usage methods such as inhalers, diffusers, steaming, and topical application. Depending on how you want the oils to benefit you, the method of application will differ for potential benefit.

Do take time to learn about the oil you are using and the plant it came from, place of origin, and extraction method. Even oils with the same common name can have different scents and be beneficial for different issues. For example, there are several types of Lavender. Lavandula angustifolia is the one usually associated with being beneficial for resting.

Do dilute your essential oils in a carrier before applying topically. Applying essential oils directly to your skin will increase your risk of sensitization. In addition to being uncomfortable, you may be limited with essential oil use in the future. There are cases where an individual has had to stop usage completely after a long period of neat usage due to sensitization.

Do diffuse in 30 minute increments. You will receive the most benefits from the oil during the first 30 minutes of diffusing. Diffusing for longer times could lead to minor side effects. For example, some oils can lead to headaches if diffused for too long. Take a 30-60 minute break before diffusing again. Continue reading 10 Simple Dos and Don’ts for Using Essential Oils

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Cats, Dogs, & Essential Oils

Our pets provide us with unconditional love. They make us laugh, comfort us, and always listen without judgment. In return we provide them with a safe home, warm places to sleep, and food to eat.

Essential oils have been rapidly growing in usage over recent years. Their popularity only continues to rise. Many well-meaning pet owners have turned to essential oils to help their pets. Sadly, sometimes their efforts are misguided and their pets could end up sick or ultimately lose their life.

Humans rely on their sense of smell to find food, warn them of danger, or provide feelings of comfort. We use our 5 million smell receptors to do this. By comparison, cats have up to 80 million smell receptors and dogs have up to 300 million (Thompson, 2017). If a smell is strong to you just imagine how strong it is to your animal friend.
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There have been photos circulating recently on Facebook of a phototoxic reaction to an essential oil. While it isn’t clear which specific citrus oil caused this reaction, it is known how the oil caused the reaction. This was caused by neat usage on the skin of a phototoxic oil followed by exposure to UV light from a tanning bed.

Photoxicity happens when chemicals found in an essential oil absorb UV rays and a skin reaction involving burns, blisters, redness, or discoloration results. Not all oils are phototoxic. Below is a short list of commonly used phototoxic oils. (This is not a complete list.) 

  • Bergamot
  • Bitter Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime

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