How To Determine If You May be Sensitive To Essential Oils
Using essential oils is an enjoyable and empowering experience. If you are new to essential oils, watch for signs that your body may be more sensitive than most. You may be using too much for your system and should dilute more than our recommendations if you notice the following:
Your skin becomes less moisturized or begins to look leathery in the application area
The application area becomes itchy or irritated
- You develop a headache shortly after using any essential oil (Tip: Drink an additional 16-20 oz. of water for the next 2-3 days and stop using essential oils until the symptoms subside. If you wish to continue using essential oils, reintroduce them to your system in a more diluted form and with less frequency of application.)
- The essential oil is not fully absorbed into the skin within 5-7 minutes. (For children, absorption may take up to 15 minutes due to carrier oil.)
- You should always perform a patch test before using any new essential oil.
Because essential oils are aromatic by nature, they will quickly diffuse into the air. If you want a longer-lasting effect from your essential oils, please follow these tips:
Dilute: Slow Absorption and Prolong Effects
By diluting your essential oils when applying them to the skin, it slows down the rate of absorption and the amount of essential oil lost in the air.
Moist Warm Compress: Increases Absorption and Speeds up Effect
Because essential oils are lipophilic, by adding a warm moist cloth compress to the area, the hydrophilic nature of the water will repel the essential oil and, Consequently driving essential oil into the skin and epidermis.
Skin Patch Test
Before using any new essential oils, we recommend testing a small skin area to ensure no adverse reaction. Everybody is different, and so are reactions. Just because an oil works for your sister or friend doesn’t mean your skin will accept it easily.
Patch tests can reveal unknown sensitivities or allergies and allow quick treatment if there is a reaction. Patch tests are also helpful if you know about allergies and sensitivities but want to double-check a specific oil is a right fit for you.
How to Patch Test
- Ensure you have diluted the oil properly (see this article to learn more). Don’t use undiluted essential oils on your skin.
- Place 1-2 drops of diluted essential oil on your inner forearm.
- Apply bandage.
- Remove the bandage immediately and wash the area with soap and water if any irritation or reaction occurs.
- If no irritation occurs after 48 hours, the oil should be safe on your skin.
*certain medications can change your sensitivity to products. Always ask your doctor if you have specific questions regarding reactions.