Mistake: Not respecting their potency
I’ll admit: I have a few different types of essential oils sitting in a basket at home and am hesitant to use them until I fully understand them. They all claim different things like calming anxiety and helping with breakouts, but then I scroll through my Facebook feed and see stories about kids and adults being sent to the emergency room due to poor use, and it makes me nervous. Libby Vlasic, a certified herbalist and essential oil educator at the New York Institute of Aromatherapy in Manhattan and owner of Wythe and Berry says to always use essential oils with respect and understanding. “Essential oils are made up of molecules from various chemical families, some are safer than others and should be looked at the same way as synthetic chemicals. Depending on the essential oil, you may find anti-inflammatory, sedative, antibacterial, and antibacterial properties to name just a few. They are incredibly powerful medicines, being between 50 to 100 percent stronger than the actual plant matter,” she shares.
Mistake: Not diluting the oil
In order to keep the essential oil safe for your skin, diluting it is necessary before any application. Depending on where you are using the essential oils, determines what dilution is considered safe. For example, your face is more sensitive than other places on the body, so the essential oil should be diluted more. “The general rule of thumb is to never go over a 2.5 percent dilution rate for the face, which is 15 drops of essential oil in a 1 ounce of formula,” Vlasic says. Check out our essential oils reference guide for beginners.