How to Create Safe and Effective Healing Blends With Essential Oils

When I discovered I could use essential oils for anti-aging blends and save loads of money on pricey over-the-counter products.

I was thrilled!

So I started experimenting and making essential oil blends and adding the recommended drops, but thinking ~

“If a few drops can tighten and improve the look of my skin, then 50 drops will make me look 25 again!” HA 😉

Well, the 50 drops is a bit of an exaggeration, but I’m sure you can guess how that went.

I quickly learned that was NOT a good idea. I developed some eye and skin irritation. 

Less is better when it comes to essential oils.

After a few mishaps, I wanted to learn the safest and most effective way to get the most benefit from my essential oil skin care and healing blends.

So, I enroll in the ~

Aromahead Aromatherapy Certification Program!

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Essential Oils are Safe to Use!

Before I earned my certification I relied on the internet to find information. While there are some great places to find accurate information.

There is a lot of misinformation out there too. That’s why I didn’t know that putting more than a few drops in a face blend could be harmful.

Essential oils have many uses, but in this post you’ll learn how to use them safely and effectively in your DIY healing blends.

When you follow a few simple safety guidelines, you can create your own safe DIY blends too and will get you started on the right path to making all of your blends.

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Safety Guidelines

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin/Hair Care products comes down to a few simple rules ~

  • Safe Dilutions

  • Blending Guidelines

  • Use High-Quality Oils

  • Never use Oxidized Oils

  • Be Mindful

Safe Dilutions

Some essential oils can irritate the skin, so they are often diluted for safety. They are typically diluted with a carrier like water, witch hazel, aloe, or carrier oils.

Carrier oils are made from plants and plant parts. They’re not volatile the way essential oils are, and they tend to be heavier.

Some great carrier oils are ~

  • Jojoba oil

  • Sweet almond oil

  • Argan oil

  • Rosehip oil

  • Fractionated coconut oil

Disclaimer: Understand we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. We can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health, skin, or mental issue. Any reliance on such information is strictly at your discretion.

Blending Guidelines

This is so very important to know because the number of drops you use per 1oz (30 ml) of carrier oil will determine:

A. If your blend will be effective at addressing the skin concern, it’s made for

B. And even more importantly, it will determine how safe the blend will be to use on the skin.

Blending Guidelines and Dilutions

“There are approximately 500–600 drops of essential oils in a 1oz (30 ml) bottle.

1% of 500 drops = 5 drops ~ 1% of 600 drops = 6 drops

  • Use the following dilutions, for pregnant women and children, for anyone with a compromised immune system, and for using directly on the face:

1% dilution = 5 – 6 drops total in 1 oz. (30 ml) of carrier

  •  For massage oils and daily use:

2% dilution = 10 – 12 total drops in 1 oz. (30 ml) carrier.

  • Specific injury of muscle, tendon, and bone: 3–10% depending on the individual, age, situation, and oils being used:

3% dilution = 15 – 18 total drops in 1 oz. (30 ml) carrier.

  •  For local issues such as chest congestion:

3–10% depending on the individual, age, situation, and oils being used (If 1% dilution is 5–6 drops, then a 10% dilution is 50–60 drops)

  • If the problem is acute and severe, you can only go up to 25% dilution for short-term use only.

Acute situations include headaches, superficial cuts, bee stings, and burns. 

Severe problems include muscle cramps, intense spasms, significant bruising, or pain.

  • Neat (means undiluted essential oil and no carrier oil) oils can be used for the following:

Small areas, local use, acute situations, short-term use. These must be the highest quality, non-oxidized oils.

Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care

Use High-Quality Oils

These oils will be therapeutic grade, GC/MS tested, and unadulterated. Tisserand and Young define adulteration as:

Intentional dilution or fabrication.

He goes on to say that essential oils can be adulterated with odorous or non-odorous substances to dilute an essential oil or absolute.

Odorous adulterants; can include other essential oils, essential oil fractions or residues, synthetic aroma chemicals similar to those found in the oil, or aromachemicals not found in the oil.

Non-odorous adulterants, or extenders; include substances such as ethanol, mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, glycols, phthalates, and fixed oils such as rapeseed and cottonseed. Tisserand and Young

Adulteration can happen at any point, from distillation/extraction to reaching the end-user.

Some points along the way can include:

  • Co-gathering or co-distillation of several varieties (for example, several types of lavender gathered and distilled together)

  • A distiller may adulterate an oil before selling it to a distributor.

  • Distributors may adulterate an oil before selling it to a retailer.

  • The retailer may adulterate an oil before selling it to a customer.

Never use Oxidized Oils

Degradation/oxidation is the natural process of the chemical breakdown of essential oils.

This commonly occurs from oxygen, heat, and light. The length of time that this process takes to occur can vary significantly based on the essential oil and storage conditions.

It is important to reduce exposure to oxygen, heat, and light.

Some things that will help to slow down the process of degradation/oxidation of essential oils include storing them in:

  • Dark glass containers

  • Store in a dark and cool environment like the refrigerator

  • Keep essential oil caps tightly sealed to minimize exposure to oxygen

Note ~ You don’t have to throw away your old or oxidized oils. You can use them in your DIY cleaning products to give them an extra boost.

Be Mindful

Be mindful when using essential oils with any of these groups ~

  • People with certain health conditions

  • Pregnant women

  • Breastfeeding moms

  • Children under 5yrs

  • The elderly

  • Anyone with a compromised immune system

As a result, using essential oils in an unsafe manner with any of these groups could cause some unforeseen issues.

So, if you are ever unsure, the safest thing to do is NOT use essential oils with these groups.

Essential Oils

Bottom Line

I know; I was overdoing it with the number of essential oil drops I used per ounce.

But, us mid-lifer’s want to hold on to our youthful looks. I think I just like to learn things the hard way sometimes, HA!

I may not look 25 again. However, I know that I’m using them safely now and can enjoy all the benefit from my DIY skin care and healing blends.

Now that you know about the dilution chart and guidelines for blending safely, it will make a huge difference for you too!!!

Let me know what your favorite essential oils are! Leave a comment below, lets chat!

Here’s to safe DIY healing blends!

Susie ∞

 

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References:

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DIY Ironing Board 

DIY Ironing Board 

Making your own DIY Ironing Board is easy and fun! I had been using a small 25×19 ironing mat to iron my projects on, but it was always moving around a little and never enough space.

So I decided to make a DIY Ironing Board. I first got the idea from The Crafty Gemini; she made a small traveling ironing board out of an old wooden puzzle board, pretty clever!

I needed a much larger board for my needs, and we just happened to have a 30 x 28 board leftover from a project my husband was working on at home. That was going to work!

(If you don’t have any pieces of wood around the house, you could get the size you want at Home Depot or Lowes.)

So I purchased the materials that I needed, and tada, I have a large DIY Ironing Board, and it works wonderfully… I love it!!!

DIY Ironing Board

How it all came together!

I started with the 30 x 28 board. It doesn’t have to be a pretty board! 😉 You can use any size board that fits your needs.

Then I needed to decide what materials to use for the cover and cushion. I wanted a durable ironing board cover that would last.

I had a pretty cotton print fabric for Ironing before, but after a while, it had brown scorch marks on the material, and that made me sad 🙁

So, I went with the traditional silver heat-resistant ironing fabric for its durability and clean look! 🙂

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Materials for my DIY Ironing Board

How I constructed my DIY Ironing Board

  1. Lay the board on a flat surface and staple the ironing mat to the board and around the board’s edges.

The board was a bit bigger than I needed, but I didn’t have a way to cut it down, so it would have to do, and it worked out nicely!

2. Fold edges of the silver fabric under and press for a clean finish.

  1. Center the fabric over the board so it hangs evenly over all four sides, pin in place.

DIY Ironing Board

  1. Staple the first edge to the back of the board. Leaving the corners for last. I stood the board on its side to keep the fabric tight.

  1. Lay the board flat again and on the opposite side, pull the fabric tight and pin it in place.

  1. Stand the board on the side and staple the fabric to the back of the board while holding tight.

Sometimes the staple didn’t go in well, so make sure to have a hammer on hand to finish the job!

  1. Now the corners! Pull the fabric around and fold over the corners, pulling tight, then staple to hold in place for a tighter fit.

  1. Go to the third and fourth sides of the board and repeat steps 5 thru 7.

  1. After all sides and corners are tight and stapled, it’s time to add a pretty and functional backing!

Staple all edges!

DIY Ironing Board

  1. I picked a roll of spongy mesh shelf liner to cover the raw edges and keep the board in place, and it looks pretty too!

Nice, clean finish on the back!

There you have it, a large DIY ironing board for all of your ironing needs!

Here’s to Ironing!!! ; >

Susie ∞

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Reference

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