When used safely and properly, essential oils have a long list of health benefits you can take advantage of and for this reason, they are an increasingly popular alternative these days to other more traditional methods of medicine and treatment.  Essential oils not only smell nice; they are also powerful and can have a positive effect on your mental and physical health and well-being. However, with so many choices and options available, you may find it quite overwhelming when diving into the world of essential oils. If so, there are a few common mistakes people make when using essential oils that you should be aware of. 

Not Knowing How to Apply the Oils 

Essential oils are very concentrated, and because of this, it is best to use essential oils when they are diluted. If not, you may experience negative skin reactions such as rashes, irritation, sensitization, and even phototoxicity.  You should also learn where you can apply the oils. Depending on what you are actually using the oil for, you can apply the diluted oil directly at the location you are treating, or you can apply it to the outside of your ears because this spot is known for its quick absorption.   You can also smell the oils through diffusion, and this method can cover a larger area. When using topically, you can apply as directed above as long as the oil is appropriately diluted with the right carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil. 

Not Knowing the Side Effects of Oils 

Another common mistake many people make is not knowing the side effects of essential oil use. When applied topically, essential oils can cause irritation and a rash. When too much is used in aromatherapy, you may feel nauseous and dizzy and may experience cases of vomiting. Swallowing essential oils is also harmful and can even cause seizures in some extreme cases. If you are allergic to specific ingredients, for example cinnamon, you need to be careful because you may also experience an allergy to the essential oil.  

Using Essential Oils Responsibly 

Part of using essential oils responsibly is learning how to properly use and apply them and understanding the possible side effects that may occur from their use. Don’t use them topically unless they are diluted or if you have read about the essential oil before hand. Some essential oils like lavender and patchouli are safe for topical application. It is very important to always apply a small amount of the essential oil to a small patch of skin to see if you will have an allergic reaction.  It is also important to make sure you use only high-quality and pure essential oils that have had nothing added to them. Allergic reactions are more common when the oils include other ingredients.   Following this advice, doing your own research by reading accredited essential oil books/website, and receiving a proper education on the use of essential oils is all you need to begin taking advantage of the many benefits they have to offer you.  

Meta: To use essential oils responsibly and to begin taking advantage of their benefits, it is important to understand some of the more common mistakes people make.

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