“Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care”

Here are a few guidelines for “Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care.”

My interest in essential oils started several years ago when I worked in the health and beauty department of a local health food store.

I discovered that when you add essential oils to DIY skincare products, they could address several common issues such as:

  • Hair loss
  • Itchy scalp
  • Dermatitis
  • Acne
  • Nail fungus
  • Large Pores
  • And so much more!

While researching, I learned about some questionable ingredients in many of our standard beauty products and wanted a better option.

As a result, this motivated me to start making DIY skincare products.

So, I started my DIY Skin Care products makeover!  

I planned to replace all of my current skincare, haircare, and body care products with healthier and safer DIY products using essential oils!

However, the biggest mistake I made in the beginning was that when I was looking up information about essential oils, I would skip most of the vital safety information and go right to the recipes.

After all, essential oils are 100% safe. They come from plants, seeds, bark, and resins!

But then again, poison ivy and poison oak are plants too. No one would ever pick those plants and rub them on their skin.

Essential oils can be very safe to use, as long as they are used correctly!

Meanwhile, I continued to search in books and online for recipes. However, some of the online information I came across didn’t seem safe to me, and some of it wasn’t very clear.

I noticed the recommended drops on different sites for making DIY skincare products varied so much per 1oz. I didn’t know what was accurate?

Then I watched a video of a gal who claimed to be a Doctor, and she said:

“I just put a drop of X essential oil on the back of my hand and lick it off” What???

I didn’t know much about essential oils at that time. But, that did not seem to be very good information to be throwing out there to just anyone. (Even the essential oil experts recommend never to use essential oils internally unless under the supervision of a trained clinical Aromatherapist.)

Because certain groups of people may not receive essential oils well, it could cause them some unforeseen severe issues.

*Please understand that we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. In addition, we can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health/skin issue. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your discretion.

These groups are:

  • People with certain health conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding moms
  • Children under 5yrs
  • The elderly

After seeing this, I rethought my choice to skip important safety information. I started to question whether or not I was safely using essential oils?

Through all of my searching, I found Aromahead Institute and loved its approach to teaching and learning.

I decided if I would be making products using essential oils for my friends and family and using them for myself, I needed to enroll in the “Aromahead Aromatherapy Certification Program”!  

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care

Therefore, I did, enroll that is, and earned my certificate as a “Certified Aromatherapist.”

Now I know how to use essential oils safely, and I have many resources to go to when I have questions!

 

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Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care products comes down to a few rules. (1)

1. “Safe Dilutions”

Some essential oils can irritate the skin, so they are often diluted for safety. Essential oils 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 than essential oils.

Some great carrier oils are jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, and fractionated coconut oil, to name a few.

2. “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” from Aromahead Institute: (1)

“There are approximately 500–600 drops of essential oil 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 of essential oil in 1 oz. (30 ml) of carrier

2% dilution = 10–12 total drops of essential oil 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 of essential oil 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.

Acute situations include headaches, superficial cuts, bee stings, and burns. (1)

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. (1)

 

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care

3. Use “High-Quality Essential Oils.”

These oils will be therapeutic grade, GC/MS tested, and unadulterated. Tisserand and Young(2) define adulteration as:

Intentional dilution or fabrication” of essential oils.

He goes on to say that essential oils can be adulterated with odorous or non-odorous substances to dilute an essential oil or absolute. (2)

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. (2)

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 (2)

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

Some points along the way can include: (2)

  • Co-gathering or co-distillation of several varieties (for example, several types of lavender gathered and distilled together)
  • A distiller may adulterate an essential oil before selling it to a distributor.
  • Distributors may adulterate an essential oil before selling it to a retailer.
  • The retailer may adulterate an essential oil before selling it to a customer.

4. Never use essential oils that have “Oxidized.” (2)

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 essential 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

5. Lastly!

Be mindful when using essential oils with pregnant women, breastfeeding women, young children, the elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system.

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

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

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care rules quick view:

  • “Safe Dilutions” – Best to use essential oils with a carrier oil
  • “Blending Guidelines” – Use the correct number of drops per 1oz. (30ml)
  • “High-Quality Essential Oils” – For best results, use oils that are therapeutic grade, GC/MS tested, and unadulterated
  • “Oxidized” – Never use essential oils that have oxidized
  • “Be mindful” – Do NOT use essential oils with anyone in an unsafe manner; this could cause some unforeseen issues.

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In Conclusion:

When I first started making my DIY skincare, I wasn’t following these safety guidelines.

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

My thinking, at the time, was, “If one drop makes my face look younger, then 500 drops will make my face look 30 again”… Yippee!!!

A bit of an exaggeration, only to make a point. Well, unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

By overusing essential oils in this unsafe way, I was causing problems with my skin.

As a result, I started having some skin irritations on my face, and my eyes started itching and burning.

Once I learned about the dilution chart and guidelines for blending safely, it made a difference in my DIY skincare products!!!

Take a look at this popular post with one of my most effective DIY essential oil products called:

“Healing Itchy Scalp with Essential Oils”

 

Do you make DIY skincare? If so, have you tried using essential oils in your DIY skincare? Let me know what your favorite essential oils are! Leave a comment below!

 

Here’s to “Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care!”

Susie ∞

 
 
 
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References:

  1. Aromahead Institute – https://www.aromahead.com/
  2. Tisserand and Young – https://roberttisserand.com/
 

Use Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions

Use Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions

How many times have we made our new years resolutions or set a goal to do something or change a bad habit and didn’t follow through for various reasons? I know I have way more than once.
We start a list of things we need/want to change or improve upon, but then we get stressed out just thinking about doing it. We can feel defeated before we even get started. Ugh!
Resolutions, goals, plans, or I like to call them intentions, can be tricky because we often think we have to do it perfectly in order to accomplish it?
Well-meaning intentions are often not achieved because we usually start too fast, too strong, and change everything at once? Or wait till everything is perfect before we even try? (and we all know that perfect timing never happens).

For example:

  • Starting to exercise, we go all in and get burned out, or we end up causing an injury, so we have to stop and never start again?

  • We want to eat healthier, so we start eating salads and green drinks every day, and we end up getting burned out from too many greens?

  • We want to drink more water, so we fill up a jug and start drinking a gallon every day??? But we end up feeling waterlogged, so we stop.

  • Start to budget our money and plan to save X amount every month. But then the car breaks down, and we don’t stick to the plan?

  • And on and on and on, I think you get the picture!

It can be overwhelming to change everything all at once. So you stop and never start again. Or, you stop and start but never really stick with your intention?

Too many intentions, like trying to do ALL the intentions listed in the well-meaning list above. We may start one or all of them but never continue with any of them because it’s too much to do or too hard to remember to do them?

We’ve all been there more than once. And we feel like we have failed somehow???

But, don’t make yourself wrong for not doing something perfectly, or in the correct order, or getting it done in a specific time frame, or whatever it is for you?

Life happens!

We’re not supposed to be perfect,

and that’s OK!

When making our intentions, we first want to start with our mindset and be willing to understand that we may need to shift our direction a bit when everyday things come up, but it does not mean we should stop trying!

We need to start thinking differently about our intentions if we want to move forward with them!

So, instead of thinking of our intentions as hard work, not having enough time, too expensive, or an inconvenience, we can start thinking of our intentions as wanting to do fun things. I Love this!!!

Wanting is the keyword here! No one is making us think about, set, or do our intention except us, right! So we can make it fun if we want to! Plus, committing to do something fun is way more doable than committing to hard work!

How can you make it “FUN”? Once a week or once a month, reward yourself! For every small step toward your intention that you made! You can think of your intentions as:

“A list of fun things to do, with rewards!”

  • Save more money – To have an emergency/backup fund! Reward: Set $20 or more aside and buy yourself a new shirt, book, earrings, or something you have wanted for a while!

  • Drink more water – For hydration and to help with your digestion! Reward: Get a latte or your favorite drink!

  • Eat healthier – To feel better and sleep better! Reward: Treat yourself to your favorite dessert or ice cream! (Yum, I love ice cream)

  • Start walking – To have more energy, and it helps with depression! Reward: Buy a good pair of walking shoes or a cute new walking outfit!

Making small changes is the key!

  • Save $10, $25, $50, or $100 a month. When you’ve learned to live without that money each month, increase the amount by $5, $10, $20, or more. It adds up!

  • Drink one 8oz glass of water every day for a week. Then drink two 8oz glasses a day for a week, and so on!

  • Walk to the end of the driveway every day for a week, then to the end of the block every day for a week, and then around the block every day for a week and build from there! You get the idea!

Small changes become BIG changes over time!

Use Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions

Using Aromatherapy When Setting Your Intentions!

I read a post from Aromahead Institute, where I studied to be a Certified Aromatherapist.

This article was about new years resolutions/intentions. However, this applies to any goals, plans, or intentions we want to set any time of the year by using Aromatherapy! (This is where I got the idea of “Making a list of fun things to do”!)

Using Aromatherapy for setting our intentions is more about choosing oils that inspire you, offer mental focus, give you more energy, and help support your confidence every day!

 

The idea is that you will make a small roller bottle of your favorite scents and carry it with you. Doing this will be a reminder and a motivator to act on your intentions!

It’s kind of like the string around the finger to remind us of something. Using essential oils will help to remind us to move forward with our new habits every day!

Before making blends with essential oils, you’ll want to read this informative post called:

“Safely Using Essential Oils in DIY Skin Care.”

Use Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions

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Three DIY Essential Oil roll-on recipes to try!

These blends are easy to make, and they smell lovely!



Ignite Your Sparkle Blend

This blend will help you feel inspired about your intention, and it’s emotionally uplifting to help you stay at it!

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 4 drops Sweet Orange Oil*(Citrus sinensis) – Soothes the perfectionist in us. Emotionally uplifting, calming, and relieving any anxiety. Sweet Orange oil has a fresh and fruity scent.

  • 2 drops Pink Grapefruit* (Citrus paradisi) Uplifting and cleansing. Highly energetic and exudes happy, outward energy. Pink Grapefruit has a sparkling aroma with a sharp, sweet citrus scent.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Halt Procrastination Blend

Making a change requires persistence! This blend helps motivate you and stay grounded as you move forward with your intention.

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 4 drops Sweet basil* (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool) – Strengthens self-confidence, helps to motivate, and brings clarity to mind. Sweet basil oil smells herbal and sweet.

  • 2 drops Black Pepper* (Piper nigrum) – Reduces fear and motivates change. Protection from negative energy. The black pepper scent is fresh, dry, warm, spicy, and woody.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Find Your Focus Blend

This blend gets you focused, energized, and it helps encourage clear thinking so that you can act on your intentions.

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 3 drops Rosemary* (Salvia Rosmarinus/Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole or ct. camphor) – Stimulates and strengthens the mind, energizes, uplifts, and encourages clarity. Rosemary typically has a strong, fresh, herbal scent.

  • 3 drops Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) – Provides vital energy and support and stimulates vibrancy. Spike Lavender scent is Lavender-like and penetrating but also camphoraceous.

*Note – Be sure to use Spike Lavender. It stimulates the mind, whereas standard Lavender calms the mind.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Application

First, hold the bottle about an inch or two from your nose and smell your blend by taking two or three deep breaths. Then apply your blend to your wrists and/or behind your ears.

While applying and smelling your blend repeat your intention and why it’s important to you out loud while breathing in the aroma. (writing down your intention can be helpful too).

Then every time you smell your blend, it will help trigger your thoughts and remind you that your intention is important to you!

Safety

I recommend buying Organic essential oils whenever possible!

For these blends to be safe, it’s best to add no more than 6 drops per recipe as it may irritate your skin.

Plus, I always recommend applying a small amount first to make sure your skin likes it!

*Note – If any blend irritates your skin, try a different blend, and use the blend that irritates for smelling only.

Using these blends can be a fun way to keep you moving forward with your intentions.

Plus, when you make small changes is the key to staying committed to your intentions!

Comment below to share your favorite blend! Also, if you have any questions about blending, I’m happy to help!

 

Here’s to making small changes and Using Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions!

Susie ∞ 

P.S. Intentions are about learning how to do things differently. So, don’t let yourself get in your own way.

It takes 21 days to start a new habit and 90 days to make it your new way of life! Just remember, small changes lead to big outcomes. You’ve Got This!!!

 

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Clearing Stagnant Energy with Sound & Sage

Clearing Stagnant Energy with Sound & Sage.

Clearing your aura and spaces is an ancient practice. Even though it’s considered ancient, it’s still an effective & well-known practice today!

It’s a way to cleanse and release negative & stagnant energy energetically. Then you can invite in fresh, new, positive energy.

I helped my daughter-in-law smudge her new place with a white sage & lavender blend before she moved in, and it was a great experience!

The only mistake we made was not opening up enough windows? It was pretty warm that day, and for some reason, several wasps were flying around the windows?

We only opened two windows because only two windows had screens (new screens were getting put in), and we didn’t want any wasps flying in.

We are both scaredy-cats when it comes to flying, stinging bugs. 😮 

So, we thought, Nah, we’ll be fine.

Nope, we definitely needed more windows open, “HA”! We both felt a little loopy the rest of the day after catching a buzz from the sage smoke.

Make sure you have good ventilation when smudging! 😉

Energy from people and objects can leave impressions of itself in spaces like your home, office, and car. 

Also, negative stagnant energy can stay trapped in your aura. So, it’s essential to regularly clear all of these areas for new fresh & vibrant energy! 

There are many reasons you may want to clear stagnant energy.

Some of them include:

  • Before you move into a new home or office.
  • During and after any bad relationship.
  • After the death of a loved one.
  • When a traumatic or damaging event happens.
  • While feeling depressed or sad.
  • During and after an illness.
  • When buying a new car ~ especially a used car.
  • Monthly energy maintenance is good too!

The most important thing about clearing energy is your intention. When clearing, you can visualize the old stagnant energy leaving the area while inviting fresh, new, positive energy in.

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Things to have before you begin!

White sage is the most popular sage for smudging. It’s associated with purity and has a strong presence, but you can also use other varieties.

Some common varieties are White, Black, or Red sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass, Rosemary, Lavender, Juniper, and Palo Santo.

Although keep in mind that some people are sensitive to smoke, and burning herbs can be a little overpowering.

So, if you find that the smoke bothers you, there are other options! Like using sound, diffusing essential oils, or using a smudging spray. 

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage

Find all of your smudging supplies under the Turquoise links!

Sage Clearing supplies ~

  1. Smudging Kit
  2. White Sage or other varieties
  3. Feather or Feather Fan (optional)
  4. Abalone Shell (optional)
  5. Sage Candle
  6. Sage Incense Sticks
  7. Essential Oils & Portable Diffuser (if you do not want the smoke)
  8. Aura/Space Smudge Spray  (if you do not want the smoke)

Sound Clearing supplies ~

  1. Bell
  2. Meditation Cymbals
  3. Tuning fork
  4. Tibetan singing bowl
  5. Meditation/chanting Music

You could use a combination of sound and sage like~

  • Sage & a bell
  • Diffuse essential oils & singing bowl
  • Smudge spray & meditation/chanting music

~How to clear your Space with sage~

After you have gathered your smudging supplies, and before you begin~

  • Open the windows and doors to let the negative stagnant energy out and let in the fresh new energy.
  • Write down your mantra or prayer, examples:

“Release any unwelcome energy from this space.”

“Fill this space/aura with unconditional love.”

“I’m living in harmony with mind, body, and spirit.”

“I’m releasing all energies that do not serve me.”

“Fill me up with love, light, and peace.”

“I trust the Universe and my intuition to guide me.”

  • Lastly, it’s essential to clear your mind and set your intention. A quick Meditation before you begin will get you into a focused, relaxed mindset.

For info. on meditating, take a look at this popular post~

“I Finally Figured out how to Meditate and get results!”

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage.

Steps for smudging~

  1. For best results, clear your aura before clearing your home/space.
  2. Set your intention & meditate to clear and focus your mind.
  3. Hold the sage at an angle, and light one end. Let it burn for about 20 seconds, then let the flame die out and smolder. (Watch for falling embers.)
  4. Starting on the lowest level and left corner, walk through every room, working in a clockwise fashion until you reach the top level.
  5. Use a feather or your hand to fan the smoke around the entire room while saying your mantra.
  6. Be sure to reach the corners of every room, all mirrors, doors, windows, and inside of closets and cabinets.
  7. Pay special attention to high-traffic areas and places where visitors come & go.
  8. As you are smudging, thank your Higher Power for helping and protecting you.

~How to clear your Aura with sage~

When using sage to clear yourself, you will follow the same steps you used (above) for clearing a space, but the focus will be on your body instead of your Space.

  1. Stand in the shape of a T with legs slightly spread apart and your arms out to the sides.
  2. Keeping the sage stick away from your body, start at either foot, work your way up and over your head, and then back down and off the opposite foot.
  3. Passing the sage to the other hand, on the way down the opposite side of the body
  4. Repeat if necessary!
  5. Saying your mantra as you go. “Fill my aura with unconditional love” or “Release all negative energy from my aura.”
  6. Envisioning the smoke is clearing your aura of any negative stagnant energy.

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage.

~How to clear your Space & Aura with Sound~

Clearing negative stagnant energy with sound is done by using a bell, meditation cymbals, tuning fork, Tibetan singing bowl, or you can clap your hands.

Simply follow the same steps (above) for burning sage, but the focus will now be on using sound instead of the smoke from sage.

Space Clearing ~

  • Set your intention and say your mantra.
  • Walk around the Space, ringing the bell or striking the bowl.
  • While cleansing the stagnant energy to bring positive vibrations and love into your Space.

Aura Clearing ~ 

  • Set your intention and say your mantra.
  • Stand in the shape of a T,
  • Clang the cymbals, or play meditation music to clear your aura.

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage will keep your spaces and aura free from negative stagnant energy and is essential for a healthy, happy, balanced you!

Here’s to Clearing Stagnant Energy!

Susie ∞

 

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