Supplies for Blending
Using Essential Oils for Children over 5 and Pregnant or Lactating Women
Essential oils are very helpful for children as well as pregnant or lactating mothers. For pregnancy and lactating mothers safety information for each blend or essential oil needs to be reviewed. The safety is found on the blends or essential oil specific pages. There are a few easy guidelines to follow as well as using appropriate essential oils. Please reference this blog for deeper information on this subject.
Using Essential Oils on the Skin
Dilutions: Depending on the specific oil and the situation, a total of 5-18 drops of essential oil goes into 1 oz. of carrier oil (vegetable-based oil such as Jojoba Oil or Avocado Oil) or unscented lotion. These amounts vary based on the person for whom you are making the blend (see dilutions below) and on the strength of the specific oil you are using. For example, you can use several drops of Lavender Oil to every 1 drop of Rose Oil.
1% dilution: 5-6 total drops of essential oil in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. Use this dilution for children, elders, chronically ill persons, and pregnant women.
2% dilution: 10-12 total drops of essential oils in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. Use this dilution for the average adult and daily or long-term use of the product.
3% dilution: 15-18 total drops of essential oil in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. Use this dilution for specific illnesses or general injury for 3-4 weeks before taking a break.
5% dilution: 25-30 total drops of essential oil in each ounce of carrier oil or cream. Use this dilution for an acute injury typically for 1-2 weeks.
Using Essential Oils in a Bath
Salts: In a container
Jojoba Oil: Add 3-4 drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of Jojoba Oil and add to your full bath.
Using Essential Oils in a Spray
In a 2-ounce spray bottle filled with water or hydrosol, add 10-15 drops of essential oils and spray freely in any room or on linens.
Using Essential Oils in a Steam
To steam, add 1 drop of essential oil, or 1 drop of a blend of several essential oils, to a bowl of steamy water. Make sure the water is just steaming, not boiling. CLOSE YOUR EYES and lean over the bowl and breathe in the oil. Create a tent to hold the steam in by tucking a towel around your head and bowl.
If the water feels too hot, let it cool first!
Using Essential Oils in an Inhaler
Use strong floral oils such as Rose Absolute Oil
, Jasmine Absolute Oil
, Ylang Ylang (Complete) Oil
, Geranium Oil
and Neroli Oil
in small quantities. They are powerful. Add only 1-3 drops of any strong floral oil to a blend, especially if you are blending with these oils for the first time.