We import high-quality oils directly from suppliers. Therefore, it is important consumers are using essential oils correctly.
As a result, you will enjoy the maximum benefits. Our Penang-based Australian Master Formulator, Dr Mike Thair, provides some basic do’s and dont’s.
Know that some can cause photosensitivity. This is a skin reaction in the presence of ultraviolet light. When you experience a photosensitive reaction, you could see redness, discolouration, or even blistering.
Certain oils especially citrus, can contain constituents that are potential photosensitizers. Sometimes, reactions to photosensitivity may not occur until several hours later. When using essential oils correctly always check that they are not photosensitive for leave-on products.
Fragrance oils are not the same
See my blog post on the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils .
Dilute when using essential oils
Indochine Natural oils are unadulterated. Indeed, they are of high quality and pure. Which means they are concentrated. Therefore, before applying to the skin, dilute in a carrier. Suitable carriers include olive, jojoba, sweet almond, argan, and grapeseed.
A suitable dilution would be approximately 10 drops in 30 mL of the carrier. And this dilution in carrier oil is all part of using essential oils correctly.
Always store in amber glass bottles. Make sure they are well sealed. Best to store in a cool dark location. Exposed to sunlight, air, or humidity they will deteriorate rapidly.
I am asked often if it is safe to ingest essential oils. My answer is always “no.” The only exception is where a specific dosage instruction is given to a consumer by a qualified medical practitioner.
Use during pregnancy
My advice is always to be cautious. Various scientific studies have shown that some may be harmful during pregnancy. Knowledge is continually being updated.
However, the ones to avoid include Basil, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Peppermint, Rose, Clary Sage, Clove, and Geranium.
Test before buying
At our factory retail outlet, you can test before buying. If you are buying something you are unfamiliar with, try it first. We have perfume testers. Furthermore, the preference for fragrances may vary between individuals.
In using essential oils correctly, you should apply all of the above tips.
As always, you can contact me if you have any queries.
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Dr Mike Thair
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