I am often asked about dilution. Because of the potency and purity of these oils, dilution will be necessary this is great as it means your oils will last longer and be able to be applied to your skin.
Different oils have a warming or cooling effects on the skins such as oregano, or peppermint. This can feel like a burning sensation on sensitive skin so always dilute and test before applying. Whereas other oils such as Lavender are more soothing to the skin, and can be used with little or no dilution depending on age, and area of the body.
Other things to consider with oil blends are the sun sensitive oils (Citrus) that can amplify the effects of the sun and cause burning if used on the skin before sun expose.
Please keep in mind these charts are only a guideline to follow. When counting drops I tend to get that stubborn drop that won’t come out and then 2 drops come out It’s OK if your blend does not have the exact drops the chart is recommending (remember it is a guideline). Essential oil drops are really an inaccurate measure because the viscosity differs in oils and not all droppers used are the exact same, meaning drops are not a uniform measurement. So again, these are guidelines.
Some days are easy and some days are hard, but some days you really need emotional support.
Today is one of those days for me. I am just feeling really fragile for no real reason. I received some criticism, (for something that wasn’t my fault) and I’ve felt terrible all day. My life is pretty good, I can’t complain. I work from home, all my needs met, I’m doing well and today I even got to watch my two eldest daughters receive some well deserved awards for school achievement. That didn’t stop that nagging gut feeling, that was bringing me down.
Why such a small thing could get me down is beyond my comprehension, it’s not my normal, but here I am hours later thinking any moment I could cry if I think about it for more than 3 seconds. The person even called me, to admit it was in fact his fault for not communicating the details after making an exception to usual procedures. But still I feel low. this is very out of character for me, I have even prayed for comfort.
The LORD works in mysterious ways.
So I turned to essential oils. A quick check in a book/app for oils to use and I’m reaching for the diffuser. Clary Sage, Lavender, Lemon and Lime to the rescue. I put these oils in the diffuser, but later decided to make up a 10mL roller with this same blend. I also decided to treat myself to a pot of tea in a special set a friend gave me. After an hour sitting here with the diffuser, It has really lifted my spirits and I and feel the frowns line leaving.
Diffuse (in the car too) for breathing difficulties,
use on chest,
can be great for night-time diffusion.
use with OnGuard for immune support, (always dilute) great for cleaning
Dilute 1 drop oregano in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and massage on bottoms of feet to boost your immune system.
Support your respiratory system by diffusing oregano oil, or by using your oregano/carrier oil blend to massage your chest before bed.
Use on those wrinkles (not that we have any *wink*)
blend with Ice Blue for pain after sports.
Diffuse frankincense in a room, or inhale from the bottle to boost your mood and give you mental focus.
put a drop in your water bottle for a refreshing flavour, and hygiene.
Great for cleaning in the kitchen, lunch boxes and benches.
In a spray bottle with water to lift a room – also great for alertness during study.
Ice Blue –
Growing Pains, dilute for a massage,
for sport days, tired muscles, or after that trip to the gym.
Digest Zen –
tummy worried, apply to tummy area (diluted for young children) or bloating, nausea, or an upset stomach.
Take 1 drop in a cup of hot tea or a glass of water to support a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
Put 1 drop in a glass of water and use as a mouthwash.
Time for Homework – Heightens alertness, for that afternoon homework session, diffuse or just sniff from the bottle, – probably don’t want to encourage them to put this on their hands they WILL rub it in their eyes no matter how old they are! TRUST ME!
Time for Bed, apply to skin in a soothing massage or diffuse in bedroom.
Lavender is great with Frankincense for for first day jitters
Pain this is a great pain relief,
Combinations you can make with the top 10:
(There are other versions with other oils, but if all you have is 10 this is great place to start)
– Lavender Peppermint Frankincense –
I use this same blend for sunburn – helps with pain and cooling.
Soothing Insect bites
– Lavender Peppermint Lemon –
not bad as a perfume? Keep out of sun after applying all Citrus oils, can cause sunburn!