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DOs and DON'Ts of using Essential Oils

Posted by Anita Cheng on

 

DO A PATCH TEST

When you first use a new essential oil it’s important to do a patch test to make sure you won't have a reaction, which could be a simple irritation or a full on allergy. Mixed with a carrier oil place a small sample on an inconspicuous patch of skin and leave it for 24 hours. If there’s no reaction you’re not allergic and the product is safe to use.

DO DILUTE

Essential oils always need to be diluted with that is called a carrier oil to avoid over-exposure. Don’t worry, carrier oils are things you can find around your home, like olive or coconut oil.  An extra tip: if you do happen to get undiluted essential oil on your skin you can use a carrier oil to wash it off.

DO STORE PROPERLY

Essential oils can break down and become less effective is exposed to the sun for long periods. This is why it’s important to store your oils in a cool, dark place and be kept in an amber or cobalt colored bottle.

DO KEEP AWAY FROM KIDS + PETS

Like with most things your bring into your home, you should be carefully to store them away from children and pets. Essential oils are not for ingestion, so you wouldn't want your babies or fur babies getting into them. Kids under 6 months shouldn’t be exposed to essential oils at all, while those under 2 years old can have some exposure to oils diluted to 0.5%.

DO TAKE BREAKS

Just like with your workout you’ll need to take breaks using essential oils. Way of Will recommends 6 days on and one day off. You don’t want the body to be over sensitive, and this is a great way to remember to take a day off.

DON’T INGEST

Essential oils are meant to be use externally or topically. We strongly recommend again applying close to areas of the body like the eyes or anywhere there is a mucous membrane. You will get the full benefits of Way of Will essential oils by applying them as directed on the packaging.

DO AVOID UV + SUN

Sun and uv exposure, like a tanning bed, doesn’t mix with some essential oils. For example, oils that have citrus ingredients, like lemon, grapefruit or orange, are phototoxic and exposure to prolonged sun or direct UV with active these toxic effects.



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