Essential Oil Safety: Less is More!

Less is More

Let’s say you’re allergic to peanuts (maybe you are). Say it’s a mild allergy – you experience some discomfort when you ingest peanuts, but it’s not life threatening, just a little tickle in your throat and some nausea that tell you you’re allergic to peanuts.

Let’s say that, even though you know you’re allergic, you sort of shrug it off because you can live with the symptoms. It’s not like your breathing is cut off or anything. So, from time to time you indulge. You eat peanut butter cups, pb&j sandwiches, and even the occasional bag of roasted salted peanuts you get at the corner store for a dollar. You feel the tickle in your throat and the little stomach ache but it’s really nothing. Peanuts are healthy, you reason, a good source of protein. All your favorite bloggers have tons of earthy crunchy recipes with peanut butter in them, so it can’t be that bad.

One night, you get a craving for a nice big peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You go the the kitchen, make it up, and take a bite. You eat half the sandwich before you realize your throat feels tight. Maybe it’s just the bread. You stop eating to get drink of water and realize that the room is spinning. You really can’t breathe. Your skin is covered in hives. You end up spending the night in the ER from a severe allergic reaction.

This scenario is a scary one, and it happens often. What most people don’t realize, however, is that this very same thing can happen with essential oils.

Yep, even something that has the ability to help and heal a myriad of health issues can also be the cause of issues if you’re not careful. Essential oils are highly concentrated, so a drop of oil goes a long way. Less is more.

What’s more, oils and oil blends may have components you are allergic to without realizing it. At first your body may not react but tolerates it. However, just like a peanut allergy, the buildup of what your body perceives as dangerous eventually puts it over the edge, and it reacts strongly in very dangerous ways.

This doesn’t just happen with allergies. Too much of a good thing can be detrimental to anyone. Take water: it makes up 70% of your system and yet you can still drown. Natural does not always mean healthy, and healthy does not always mean healthy all the time. It takes research and patience to determine what is best for your body at a given time.

If you use essential oils, remember that less is more. A single drop of oil can help your system without taxing it. Always dilute oils in a carrier oil before you put them on your skin. Practice caution, and you will see that using less with enable your body to heal itself without being overwhelmed. (You’ll also safe a lot more money!)

How do you like to be safe when you use oils?
Have you ever had a massive reaction to something that was supposed to be healthy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

7 thoughts on “Essential Oil Safety: Less is More!

  1. Great post! Here is my response.
    How do you like to be safe when you use oils?- I always do my research when selecting an oil either for my self or some one else. I also make sure to include numerous sources when making a product with an oil such as proper percent of dilutions. I always use a carrier oil too. One extra tip i learned was when diffusing make sure if you have animals they have an easy access to leave the room. You would not want to diffuse with lets say a turtle in a cage because some of the scents that may be healing to humans may be very negative to an animal.
    Have you ever had a massive reaction to something that was supposed to be healthy?- Yes i have. Since I am about to be a certified herbalist in a week we talked about doing the patch test. Herbs are very nourishing and healthy to the body if used properly but certain herbs can cause a reaction or if used in excess can cause health problems.


    1. As I was going over the searches that were on my site, I saw that you had to responded to this blog from a few years ago. My sincere apologies for not responding! Every now and then, I find a response that we somehow missed, and this was one of them. I hope you are happily certified as an herbalist by now! How exciting for you!
      To answer you questions, I have a 1, 2, 3, (etc.)% dilution rate I use for all of my blends. If I am blending oils and carriers for the general public, say for a festival, I use a 2% dilution rate which is about 5-6 drops of essential oil (combined) to 1 ounce of carrier. That is a safe rate considering the person is in fair health. I would use 1% for the elderly, infirm or children (assuming the oils I am using are safe for children, not all are.) I only use higher concentrations for custom blends after I have done an evaluation consultation with the client.
      Concerning animals: yes they have different systems and the size of their organs are different. Extreme cautions should be used around animals and babies.
      Concerning allergic reactions: I used thyme capsules once to “help” with a chest cold I was having, but I ended up having an allergic reaction and being much worse. It seems that it was too strong of a dose (because I was just guessing) and it went from expelling mucous from my lungs to stressing my lungs very quickly. It is wonderful you have obtained your certification, so that you can educate people like myself on a proper, safe dosage of herbs!!
      Blessings, veganvinny!

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