Not all essential oils are the same nor do they all have the same effect on every person. Some essential oils, while beneficial, can be caustic or toxic in large doses.
All essential oils should be used with care and common sense.
Conservative use is the best policy.
Always start off by using a small amount of the oil on your skin first to see how you react before using more.
Using a higher volume of essential oils doesn’t equate with better results in my experience.
I believe in using essential oils conservatively for your health and for the sustainability of the planet.
It takes A LOT of plant material to make an ounce of essential oil. I mean a lot. When I distill lemongrass, a volleyball-sized amount of leaves produces 1/8 of an ounce. Different plants have different amounts of oil they will produce from a given amount of plant material, or bio mass. Essences derived from leaves, wood, bark, fruit, roots and flowers through steam distillation, enfleurage, CO2, ‘destructive’ distillation, cold pressing, etc. are teeming with phytochemicals designed to not only help the plant survive, but also thrive. These plant chemicals work to help humans in very similar ways that they help plants.
Egyptians have been working with essential oils for millennia. France has a rich history of using essential oils for perfumery. In England, the use of essential oils came through practitioners guiding their clients. In contrast, essential oils were introduced relatively recently to the United States and are sold directly to consumers as a commodity. Therefore, in order to expand their profit margin, some American essential oil companies push their customers to sign up for monthly deliveries and to use their brand of essential oils in large quantities. They also encourage their consumers to use their essential oils to make homemade hair products, face masks, lotions, baths, body mists, diffusers, linen spray, household cleaners, etc. Why? So that the customer uses the product up more rapidly and needs to buy more. Their focus what is best for their company—a large profit margin—and not what is best for the plants the essential oils are made from or the people who use them.
We live in a culture where ‘more’ tends to be associated with ‘better’. I believe with essential oils, that is not always the case. There is a balance to be struck so that you receive the healing benefits of these plants and don’t overuse them to such a degree that a sensitivity to them is developed. Even though they are beneficial phytochemicals, they are still chemicals. If you are balanced in your usage of diluted and straight essential oils (no dilution) and you are listening to your body, you will be able to experience all the best that these plants have to offer. Also, by using the oils in a conservative way, you are not only doing your body a favor, but the planet a favor as well….and your pocketbook too! It’s a win-win-win!