How essential oil make you sick or cause sensitisation? There are so many benefits of using Essential Oils (EOs), even when you Google it. You haven’t heard of EOs giving any adverse reactions, right? Well, there’s a fine line between safe and effective use and adverse reactions. You have to know what to use and how. This is important. We have to know and learn how to use EOs safely and effectively. I know many treat EOs as a cure-all, which is a misconception. EOs cannot take over the role of doctors and medication.
I met users who told me that they add 2 drops of lemon essential oil into water for drinking. It was advised by a certified aromatherapist!! I just couldn’t believe that it was advised by a certified aromatherapist. Obviously, they were selling a certain MLM product, but this will be another discussion though. Here’s why it shouldn’t be taken orally. Firstly, EOs do not dissolve in water, when you swallow these, it will pass through delicate tissues such as tonsils and vocal cord. EOs will burn these tissues. But wait, you won’t notice the damages instantly, it may take months or years. By the time you find out, it’s too late! Better be safe than sorry.
Topical Application And Sensitisation
Next, I know many apply EOs topically onto their skin. If you don’t have skin issues, there’s no need to do so. Neat, pure EOs are very potent and shall not be applied topically. If told that you can, I’ll conclude that either the person who told you so don’t know anything about EO safety usage or they aren’t selling you pure EO as claimed. Instead, they were selling diluted oils to you which comes to the next question. That is, why would we pay so much for a bottle of diluted oil then? Long term exposure to EOs topically will cause sensitisation or allergic reaction. It may cause adverse reactions such as pain, redness, irritation and sometimes blistering. It may appear during the first application or after a long period. Read more on sensitisation here.
Safe Dilution Rate
Each and every EO has their own safe dilution rate. For instance, Ylang Ylang has a maximum dilution rate of 0.8% while Sage’s (Dalmatian, Salvia officinalis) maximum dilution rate is 0.4%. This is a general guideline for dilution.
Inhalation Of Essential Oils
Another route of exposure is through inhalation. Mostly, a diffuser is used. Do not inhale directly from the bottle. That’s an unsafe act. Even when you use a diffuser as a means of EO inhalation for your health, use diffuser intermittently. For example, diffuse for 10 minutes, switch off for 20 to 30 minutes and then continue.
Audamus Naturals unscented soap range does not contain essential oils. We are exposed to EOs through various channels of exposure almost daily and it may be wise to reduce your daily exposures. This is why using an unscented soap will decrease your daily exposures. Anyway, it is not necessary to use EOs in a wash-off product.
Lastly, I hope this article helps you to make an informed decision on how to use EOs safely.
This is a personal opinion of the writer.