For some time now, the topic of essential oils has been blowing up all over the internet. There are many people suggesting oil uses and possible treatments for illnesses with the help of essential oils. There are also a lot of sites that sell essential oils. So, what are the basics you need to know before delving into the world of essential oils?


Quality Matters

Choose high-quality oils from reputable producers that work with organic and sustainably grown plants. Essential oils that you intend to ingest, diffuse, or use topically are labeled as food-grade or therapeutic grade with 100% pure oil. Don’t be tricked into buying oils that have been cut with other oils or are in a petroleum base.


Test and be Mindful of an Allergic Reaction

If you are allergic to a specific plant, it is best to avoid an oil extracted from that plant. You can dilute the oil and do a test on a small spot on your skin to see if there is a reaction. Even when diffusing an oil you can have an adverse reaction breathing in the air around the diffuser.


Use Oils Judiciously

More is not better with essential oils. These are highly concentrated preparations. Diluting essential oils is always recommended. You can place a few drops in a carrier oil, such as jojoba to use topically. If your certified holistic health care provider recommends ingesting an oil, be sure to follow his or her directions for diluting carefully.

When cleaning with essential oils, you only need a few drops in water, vinegar, or almond oil to achieve the desired effects. Diffusing the oils is generally done with plenty of water.


Be Careful with Children and Pets

Always store the oils away from children and pets, just as you would with prescription medications. Be cautious with the amount of essential oil you use for both children and pets. A minimal amount goes a long way. Pets are particularly sensitive to certain essential oils, such as tea tree and oregano.


Essential oils are worth looking into for a variety of uses. You can clean with them, make natural bug sprays, use them in shampoos and skin salves, diffuse them, and even use food-grade oils for cooking or adding to water for internal health. However, you must seek advice on dosage from a certified professional. And, always research the quality of the products before purchasing.