Essential Oils are a hot topic right now. It seems like EVERYONE is buying them, selling them, or both. My sister first introduced me to essential oils probably, about 11 years ago. I felt they were expensive for such a tiny bottle so it took me a few years before I started purchasing them. And at the time, I had no clue on how to use them in my everyday life. I began buying them here and there to use in my homemade cleaning supplies but that was the extent of my usage. It wasn’t until, I would say probably about 5 years ago I really started to look into them for medicinal uses.

Why I started using Essential Oils

I feel the need to write this post because these companies are promoting unsafe practices. It really bothers me that many people are being led blindly. Many of the popular essential oil brands are advising MANY to use their oils unsafely. Why? I don’t know but one theory is it could possibly be so their consumers use the oils up faster which equivalents to more profit. Just a theory.   Some have paid the price for not being taught properly to to safely and effectively use essential oils. And not everyone experiences the side effects right away. It can come about after the oils accumulate that can cause sensitization.

Before I go on, I feel essential oils are beneficial to the body if used properly and safely.   About 8 years ago, I began learning about the harmful effects from chemicals, processed foods, etc. I decided to try to eliminate toxins from our home and food/water. During this time, natural cleaners were just beginning to catch on so they were not readily available. They were also generally very expensive. So I began to create my own cleaning supplies and of course, I wanted it to smell good. The natural alternative was *ding ding ding* essential oils. Another reason for my intrigue with essential oils was the biblical background. I honestly believe God’s medicine is far superior than man made medicine. Now on to the point of my post.

What is Neat?

Neat applying an essential oil without using a carrier oil. Basically, you take an undiluted essential oil and apply it directly to the skin. 99.9% of the time, you should not apply an essential oil neat. Peppermint seems like a pretty harmless essential oil since it is derived from peppermint. It takes about 16 pounds of peppermint to create an ounce of peppermint essential oil. While essential oils are natural, they are extremely potent. This is one of the main reasons you generally don’t want to apply the oil neat. If you have sensitive skin, even the oils that are generally safe, it is best to dilute the oils. Rule of thumb for children, always dilute. 

What is a carrier oil?

A carrier oil is any kind of oil you choice to dilute the oil in. Carrier Oils dilute and help carry the beneficial properties into the skin.  Each carrier oil has it’s own beneficial properties. Here are some examples of carrier oils. This does not include all of them.

  • Almond Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Oils that are safe to apply neat

Lavender and tea tree oil…. Yep that’s about it. Even lavender should be diluted when using on children.  Some say tea tree oil can be applied neat but I say use neat with caution. I’ve used tea tree oil neat and it has a burning sensation. Most aromatherapist will agree all essential oils should not be applied neat. Lavender and tea tree would be the only exception. When I speak of aromatherapist, I am talking about those who have been professionally trained, studied aromatherapy and this does not include an essential oil sales rep. 

Roberts Tisserand also comments on the importance of dilution. Robert Tisserand is considered an expert in aromotherapy. He also has 15 years of massage therapy, 12 years as a publisher/editor, 22 years as an educator,  and 39 years developing personal care products. (http://roberttisserand.com/about/robert-tisserand/) He also founded the Tisserand Institue and Tisserand Aromatherapy. Tisserand Institute educates others on how to safely use essential oils, their benefits using scientific evidence, research, and data. Robert Tisserand has written books about essential oil which includes one his well known books, Essential Oil Safety