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Essential oils and skin care safety

About that essential oil you just bought,

Can you rub it on your skin? Can you dump it in the bathtub? Take it in a capsule?

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All these methods require pre-work, nothing goes anywhere straight out of the bottle. There are exceptions to that rule, which we discussed: Lavender, Helichrysum, and Tea tree oils.

In July, I posted a blog on carrier oils. Hopefully, you added one or two new ones to your shelf.

So, How do I go about using an essential oil on my skin?


%Number of drops Used for
1 %5-6 drops essential oilfaces, children, pregnant, compromised immune system
2 %10-12 drops essential oilmassage oils and daily use
3 %15-18 drops essential oilspecific injury of muscle, tendon and bone
4 %20-24 drops essential oillocalized areas ie., Chest congestion
5 %25-30 drops essential oilacute pain

By using the chart above, for a 1% dilution in 2 oz. of carrier oil, multiply 5 or 6 drops x 2 = 10-12 drops and so on. The most common dilution is 1 or 2%. Always be safe and start with less essential oils.

I have found that 10% dilution works well to help modulate pain. I have never had to use a 25% dilution even for a severe ankle sprain or back strain. That dilution would be 25% 125-150 drops of essential oil.

The best thing to do is start on the weak side of the dilution, 1%. If that dilution is not working then blend a 2% product. Also, for a 3% dilution for a specific injury, it is important to use that product for a short duration (10-14 days), then use a 2% dilution for a more daily use. Always discontinue use if the product causes redness, rash, or burning.

Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort.

Stop using the Essential Oil and apply a carrier oil to the affected area.

Having discussed the dilution for topical skin use, in a future blog, I will discuss bath safety.

The Aromatherapy course that I participated in did not advocate the internal use of essential oils, so I will not go into that here.

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Be safe in your blending,


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Trauma oil and first aid

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Trauma oil is an excellent carrier for essential oils

Let me tell you why…..

Look on the internet and you will find many vendors selling trauma oil.

What is it? How does it fit in the first aid realm? Do I have to dilute it?

Here is what trauma oil is–

Herbs used in trauma oil are: calendula, arnica, St. john’s wort. Each item has its own therapeutic properties all blended together to be excellent in your first aid kit or medicine cabinet.

Let’s talk about the different players in this oil.

Olive oil: In my previous post on carrier oils, I covered some of the therapeutic benefits of olive oil. Go back and read that post for more information.
Arnica (Arnica montana) Arnica is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic herb. It is used to relieve swelling, bruises and inflammation for strains and sprains etc. Bioron founded in 1932 has arnica cream or gel.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Calendula is an anti-inflammatory, and wound healing herb.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) What comes to mind is that this herb is popular for depression. Why is it in my trauma oil?
St john’s wort can treat wounds, treat pain and modulate inflammation. It has been noted to be antiviral and antimicrobial.

Blend all these herb-infused oils together for trauma oil.

There are many websites that sell trauma oil, or you can make your own. Personally, I buy mine.
Trauma oil can be used for boo-boos on young children with no essential oils added.
It has a slight aroma, is mildly oily and golden in color.

I have used a blend of black pepper (Piper nigrum), Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and Spike lavender (Lavendula latifolia) for an acute ankle injury. The blend helped with the pain and swelling of a sore and swollen ankle.

Great for a medicine cabinet, backpack or travel kit!

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So the infusion of arnica, calendula, st. john’s wort with essential oils like black pepper, cypress and spike lavender are a power house for helping alieve inflammation and pain.

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) essential oil has been studied for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory properties. The main components of this oil are d-limonene and B-caryophyllene.

Using a 1% dilution in your blends will keep this spicy oil within safety guidelines.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil—another great oil for inflammation due to a-pinene.

Spike lavender (Lavendula latifolia) doesn’t smell quite like Lavender angustifolia, thanks to the camphor-like properties of this oil. The 1,8-cineole is the analgesic and anti-flammatory component of this oil. Safety concerns with epileptics, pregnant women and children are to be used here.

There are many great oils for relief of pain and swelling, best of all Trauma oil gives them all a powerful punch!

Happy blending,