In fact several multi level marketing companies promote this practice much to the concern of practicing aromatherapists and medical practitioners around the globe.
You see by applying neat 100% essential oil to your skin you are playing Russian Roulette with your health.
Sure you may get away with it a few times but for many at some point, sensitisation and all the complications it presents, will happen.
A Typical Case of Sensitisation
At Moon Haven we are seeing more and more people who are sensitised to a specific essential oil.
A client will come into the store and ask us if we have anything without such and such an oil in it.
Usually we can help them but when asked for more details on how the sensitisation came about we are told “I was advised that I could use such and such on my skin to help with a specific condition”… or … “I read on the internet that such and such an oil applied neat to the affected area was good for” acne/thrush/eczema/ psoriasis/flu/tinea/sinus/headache/scoliosis/stress etc and I thought wow that sounds great.”
They go on to tell us that at first their skin or body didn’t react to the oil but as they continued the ‘therapy’ irritation, blistering, redness, swelling or hayfever symptoms began and continued to get worse over time.
Now all that they have to do is smell that particular scent or come into contact with a very dilute form of the oil and their body goes into overdrive.
Sensitisation is Becoming Common with the Increase in the Use of Undiluted Essential Oils
This is a classic case of sensitisation to a specific essential oil. It is becoming increasingly common even with the most beautiful and gentle essential oils like lavender, rose geranium and tea tree.
In years past we rarely saw sensitisation cases but sadly it has now become an almost daily occurrence.
Essential oil Safety Rule 1: Always use diluted essential oils on your skin
So our first rule of essential oil safety is to ALWAYS use diluted essential oils on your skin. You see in aromatherapy more or stronger is not necessarily better. In fact more or stronger is often downright dangerous!
I think in my own aromatherapy practice I have only ever used 100% pure essential oil on the skin of a client on a handful of occasions. Each was an emergency and there was a specific and urgent need to apply the undiluted oil to the client to assist with a serious situation.
This article was written by Moon Haven’s aromatherapist and founder Leonie Gully.
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While any advice provided is general in nature, it is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. If you are at all concerned about your condition it is important that you do consult your medical practitioner of choice for an individual treatment plan.