More About Aromatherapy Using Essential Oils and Carrier Oils

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The treatment and/or stopping disease using 100 percent pure essential oils is known as aromatherapy. Today, essentials oils are used for a plethora of things: reducing depression and anxiety, increasing energy, inhibiting hair loss, improving short-term memory, and chronic itching from the skin condition, eczema. Oils are used for cleaning purpose and for pets.

Ancient cultures in India, China, Egypt in the mummification ritual, Greece, and Rome put the oils in their baths, cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Like the genie in the bottle, the enchanted and mystical scents found their way to the Jews. Famous for trade during those times were the Middle East, Arabia, and East Indies for their fragrances, incense, and perfumes that were more precious than gold.

Since the 1980s, essential oils have been making dollars for scents in a big way. There are over 150 essential oils and all of them have a purpose. The nose knows when the cilia (tiny hairs) send the aroma through the olfactory system to the limbic system of the brain. The receptors in the nose send the fragrance to the amygdala and hippocampus that serve us for our memories and emotions. The molecules of essential oils excite these segments of the brain that have an impact on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Some people believe this is all fake snake oil stuff, while others swear by the psychological and pharmacological benefits. I think you wouldn’t be reading this if you thought it was hocus-pocus.

Revelations About Essential Oils and Carrier Oils

1. Exploring Safety Using Essential Oils

  • Store all pure essential oils where children and pets cannot find them.
  • Stay out of the sun or tanning booth for up to 24-hours when using photosensitive oils.
  • Do not use the same oils daily.
  • Do not use essential oils for yourself or friends if you have not knowledge of how they work on you or your friends.
  • Unless specified, don’t use full-strength essential oils on anyone’s skin.
  • If unknown how the oils will work on anyone’s skin, do a patch test first.
  • Check safety information for oils you plan to use.
  • Never ever put essential oils near or into the eyes.
  • Olbas oil is not safe to use in the eye and can cause cornea burns and blindness.
  • Do not ingest essential oils unless you have expert knowledge to do so.
  • Have good ventilation so no one is overwhelmed using oils.
  • Be aware of issues when using essential oils on pregnant women.
  • Keep essential oils away from flames, fire, candles, cigarettes, gas stoves, fireplaces because they are extremely combustible.

2. Safety Tips When Pregnant and Breastfeeding

Mothers-to-be are thrilled when they learn they are having a baby whether the first baby or next baby. Some women go through their 9-months with no problems and others have morning sickness and a host of other problems that might include swollen feet, ankles, and low back pain.

You might be wondering if you can use pure essential oils during this time. The answer is yes, no, and maybe. Some oils are safe using as lotions for a soothing massage and some can be used safely when inhaling using a diffuser. The ones that are unsafe for your growing baby might cause contractions and you surely don’t want that to happen no matter what way you use the oils.

Oils to Stay Away From During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Essential OilLatin Name
AngelicaAngelica archangelica
AniseedPimpinella anisum
Basil CT. (chemotype) estragoleOcimum basilicum
BirchBetula lenta
CamphorCinnamomum camphora
CinnamonCinnamomum verum
CitronellaCymbopogon nardus
CloveSyzygium aromaticum
CuminNigella sativa
HyssopHyssopus officinalis
Juniper BerryJuniperus communis
LaurelLaurus nobilis
MugwortArtemisia vulgaris
NutmegMyristica fragrans
Parsley seed or leafPetroselinum sativum
PennyroyalMentha pulegium
Rose Hip Seed OilRosa rubiginosa/Rosa canina
RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis
SageSalvia officinalis
TansyTanacetum vulgare
TarragonArtemisia dracunculus
ThujaThuja occidentalis
ThymeThymus vulgaris
WintergreenGaultheria procumbens
WormwoodArtemisia absinthium

Some of these essential oils can have adverse effects when pregnant. Cumin and clary sage or sage can cause contractions; basil can cause baby’s cells to development abnormally; sage and rose can cause uterus bleeding; juniper berry can cause kidney problems; nutmeg can have adverse reactions psychologically with any pain medication that might be given when you are in labor. Others are fennel, wintergreen, Idaho tansy or hyssop, and blends containing these essential oils. Stay away from supplements or herbs with these included in them. Always consult your gynecologist if you have questions and concerns for the health of your baby. My one-liner: When in doubt don’t.

Essential oils that seem to be safe are cardamom, German and Roman chamomile, frankincense, geranium, ginger, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rosewood, rose, sandalwood, and other nontoxic essential oils. Avoid the internal or undiluted application of essential oils during your entire pregnancy.

  • First trimester (3-months) do not use any essential oils by any method.
  • Essential oils are very powerful and some can be toxic. Always dilute the oil with carrier oils such as sunflower or fractionated coconut oil.
  • Your sense of smell is greater now so be cautious.
  • Never ingest essential oils; use diluted oils for skin applications and breathing in a lungful of air.
  • Do a skin test first by putting the oil on the inside of your elbow or forearm. Put a band-aid over it for 24 hours and do not get that area wet. When you remove the band-aid and see any swelling, itching, redness, or you feel sore or sting, wash the oil off immediately and do not use further.

3. Pregnancy Woes

You would think Mother Nature would be extra gentle with us at this time. Having had the miseries myself for the first 3-months made me crazy. Try feeling better using these ideas. I would eat saltines and warm 7Up® soda in the mornings to settle my nausea.

  • Morning Sickness/Nausea

We do manage to get through the nausea and vomiting that can hit us anytime of the day. What you can do, aside from saltines and chamomile tea, is to put a cotton ball or hanky with a few drops of ginger and spearmint essential oils on it and put to your nose and keep in a pocket. These oils will help with the terrible heartburn you feel as your baby grows and pushes up against your stomach. And by the way, a hot cup of ginger tea with honey works well to sooth you and your tummy. My favorite brand is Traditional Medicinals® and they make a host of teas that work wonders when feeling yucky when carrying a baby, including Nighty Night and Pregnancy tea, all organic.

Putting citrus, such as grapefruit, lemon, or sweet orange in a diffuser might help you get through the night better. These fragrances will work when you get up in the mornings and throughout the day when you feel those feelings coming on.

  • Can’t Sleep?

Have you thought of hugging a maternity pillow for comfort and support? The best essential oil to use for sleeplessness is by far, lavender. Other comforting oils to put into your diffuser at bedtime are the wonderful sweet smelling and restful chamomile, sandalwood, bergamot, and some women like the fragrance of sweet marjoram. You must get a restful night’s sleep for this 9-month journey you are on.

  • Lower Back Pain at the Tailbone

Carrying around the baby’s added weight plus your own certainly puts stress on your tummy and spine, especially the lower spine end. Your partner could give you some soothing relief using a massager. Maybe s/he will also rub your legs, shoulder and back muscles with lavender, chamomile, sweet marjoram, or black pepper essential oils either as blends or diluted with carrier oils of your preference.

  • Sciatica Nerve Agony

This pain does not happen very often when pregnant, and it is agonizing. Should you feel a pain in either or both legs running from your back through your buttocks down the inner thigh to the knee, if might be sciatica. This happens from weight on your lower spine where the disks are compressed sitting on that biggest nerve in your body. Use a carrier oil with lavender, chamomile, cypress, sweet marjoram, or thyme. Gentle exercises will help then a warm bath. Consult your doctor if you get no relief. I found my chiropractor to be the one to give me relief manipulating the lower tail bone, coccyx area.

  • Cramping and Edema of Legs, Ankles, and Feet

Yes, as my pregnancy was getting to the end, my ankles and feet would swell, but I did not have eclampsia. Be sure to see your doctor when you have swelling to rule out a more serious condition. To help with the swelling, elevate your feet higher than your heart. Have your partner rub your swollen areas with blended cypress and grapefruit with a carrier oil. To increase blood circulation, mix black pepper and ginger oils with a carrier oil and massage into your legs, ankles, and feet.

  • Tired and Fatigued?

When you are exhausted, tired, and weary to the bone, put any of these oils into your diffuser, kick back, and relax. Your senses will feel refreshed with scents of spearmint, lime, sweet orange, and grapefruit added to your ultrasonic, or nebulizer diffuser.

  • Stressed Out and Anxious?

With all the hormones changing in your body it’s hard to feel centered and on top of everything like before when you were un-pregnant. Your emotions will swing and sometimes you might feel blue. Again, wonderful lavender to the rescue along with chamomile, sweet orange, neroli, geranium, or ylang-ylang essential oils. Have your partner, who loves doing this for you, massage a few drops in your favorite carrier oil on your temples, and why not all over your body? Put some into your diffuser and enjoy the aroma and therapeutic benefits at the same time. These are good after your water breaks and you go into labor.

  • Stretch Marks

Oh, how we hate the silvery thin looking long striae on our hips, tummy, and breasts from our skin stretching carrying baby. The elastic fibers break and I know of no way to get them back. Keep your skin moisturized each day to prevent the stretching from breaking those fibers. Body butters are good and so are essential oils always mixed with carrier oils. Use chamomile or sweet orange with about 6 teaspoons of rosehip oil as the carrier oil. Have your partner gently massage this preparation over your breasts, belly, back, thighs, and buttocks where stretch marks appear most often. Coconut oil is a superb moisturizer so you can use that also as the carrier oil.

These are good to use after baby gets here too. But be careful. Not all pregnant women can use essential oils. If you’ve had a miscarriage, have epilepsy, heart conditions, diabetes, blood clots, thyroid, kidney or liver disease, don’t use them. If you don’t have any of these issues, at least consult with your doctor to see if it’s okay to use pure essential oils to be safe.

4. Essential Oils Safety Tips for Children and Babies

We know that children’s skin is softer and more sensitive and delicate than our adult skin, so let’s be careful with them. We always want to do safe things for our kids and would do nothing intentionally to hurt them.

Children can use essential oils safely but the oils must always be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to a youngster’s body. Diluting the oils avoids reactions such and irritation photosensitivity (sun exposure) with their skin becoming sensitive to the product. You don’t want a reaction and a trip to the emergency room.

Some brands of essential oils can be bought prediluted with a carrier oil and you can read all about it on the label. Young Living® makes a few oils for babies and kids such as SleepyIze, RutaVaLa, Gentle Baby, and Peace & Calming® where you can add 1 to 2 drops of these oils to a fourth cup of carrier oil such as coconut, olive, avocado, sunflower, or a favorite and rub on the bottoms of their feet. A roller type preblended is shown here.

READ MORE: Essential Oils that are Safe for Babies and Children

5. Essential Oils Safety Tips for Pets

Essential Oil Safety Tips for Pets

Animals have no way to tell us when they are distressed. I would never do anything to an animal that I wouldn’t do to myself or kids. We cannot put essential oils into our eyes or ears and that should never be done to an animal either.

Most of our common house pets being cats and dogs don’t weigh much. You cannot use 1 drop of an oil that you would use for yourself on your pets. If a person weighs 150 pounds, and uses 1 drop of chamomile, then a 10-pound animal would use so much less—and mix with a teaspoon of carrier oil. Less is more, and if you use too much, it cannot be undone causing your animal to suffer.

Never apply to the paws of your cats or dogs. Other sites say you can, and that’s not true. Our feet and their paws aren’t even similar. Just think of all the toxic stuff they wade in. Essential oils can be toxic to their paws as well. They can itch, become red and inflamed and then it’s time to pay an expensive vet bill for a very uncomfortable animal. Your furry friends have fur around their feet too, so it may be difficult for you to know what’s going on.

Sweat glands are on the feet of cats and dogs. Even though their paws feel rough and tough, they are sensitive. Simply put the diluted oil on the fur of your pet and stroke it in. The hair follicles will absorb it. And be careful diffusing essential oils at home when your pet is inside. If the pet acts weird, stop putting him near the diffuser. You cannot undo with another oil the adverse effects of the first oil. Never rinse or bath your pet with water; that will drive the oils in further. You can use a diluted carrier oil, or get him to the vet for a professional bath.

Never use tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) around cats or on cats. It’s beneficial to our skin and immune system but toxic to cats and can kill them. Cats can also suffer liver toxicity from overdoing essential oils. Never put your pet into a closed room with your diffuser running. Let your pet wander about the house without restrictions. They might even move to a room where they cannot smell the oils.

Use extreme caution with cats and dogs and do not use oregano and thyme, high in phenol (a corrosive poisonous acid compound found in coal and wood tar, used as a disinfectant). Cats don’t do well will citrus oils either.

6. Refresh Your Kitchen Using Essential Oils

Making your own essential oil recipes for cleaning your kitchen must be stored in something. Only use glass bottles such as the cobalt blue or amber glass bottles being the best. Glass keeps the essential oils from permeating those plastic bottles. We could use the older vinegar bottles of glass that used to be made with most other liquids that are put into plastic bottles today. If you could find a glass bottle, a dispenser probably would not fit, if you could find one of those laying around. The easy and best way to store your mixture is this best-selling 16-ounce bottle that comes in a set of 2 for under $11 on® shown here.

Sweet-smelling, musky, pungent, and fragrant scents have a history of tradition in our kitchens. Previous generations would pick lavender, sage, and other herbs to have their kitchens smell fresh and clean. Most of the herbs and spices today are used in culinary dishes. However, with the reappearance of essential oils long ago used by the ancient world, we can now use them to have our kitchen smell heavenly and use them for cleaning as well.

  • All-purpose Kitchen Cleaner Recipe
    • 1 cup clear distilled vinegar
    • 1 cup cold water (warm/hot water destroys oils)
    • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, thyme, pine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, oregano)

Put all ingredients into a glass spray bottle and shake and spray on the surface such as counter tops, stove tops and sides, table tops and legs, chairs, and more including the window sills and refrigerator doors. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and let the cleaner stay for a few minutes then wipe off with a clean dry fabric cloth, not paper towels.

Never mix vinegar with ammonia; the fumes can kill. Never mix vinegar with bleach. Do not use the mixture on granite or marble countertops; it will cut, incise, engrave, and simply ruin the surface.

  • Floor Cleaner Recipe
    • 1/4 cup clear distilled vinegar
    • 1 bucket of water
    • 10 drops lemon essential oil
    • 5 drops oregano essential oil

For more cleaning strength add a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Mop and rinse with clear water to prevent sliding on slick floors due to the oil.

  • Cooking with Essential Oils
    • If a cooking recipe calls for the zest of an orange, lemon, or lime, 8 to 10 drops of the same flavor essential oil will create the identical flavor.
    • 1 tablespoon of dried herbs or spice will equate to 1/2 to 1 drop of essential oil. You can add more, but cannot take too much away.

7. Carrier Oils

An old expression is, “all good things come in small packages.” That is still true when you think about the jam-packed small 10 mL bottle of essential oil. The oil is so potent and powerful from the plant’s essence that without some knowledge on how to dilute them, you might suffer adverse reactions when using on your skin or in recipes. In an ultrasonic diffuser, only a few drops are added to about a cup or more of water. A nebulizer diffuser uses pure oils; however, those oils disperse into the air are not used directly on your skin.

It is important to dilute the oils for several reasons. There are different chemical compounds in oils and they can have serious health issues causing nerve toxicity, mucous breakdown, headaches, burning of skin, irritation and red skin. They can be dangerous to pregnant women, babies, kids, and pets. You want to be careful ingesting if you do that, use care when handling and applying the oils anywhere.

Compounds in essential oils that cause problems or used incorrectly are:

Boldo (Permus), not used for aromatherapy, sweet flag or just calamus (Acorus calamus), camphor (Cinnamomum camphora), avoid during the first 3-months of pregnancy; external use only.

The essential oil from this wood is epileptogenic. Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) is not to be used when pregnant or breastfeeding; horseradish (Armoracia lapathifolia Gilib.); mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris); mustard (Brassica nigra (black mustard) or Brassica hirta (white mustard) are toxic during pregnancy, pennyroyal/tick weed (Menthapulegium); rue (Ruta graveolens) can cause abortions in pregnancy; sassafras (Cinnamomum camphora); savin (Juniperus Sabina); highly toxic and not used in aromatherapy; tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) can cause hallucinations and not to be used by pregnant/nursing women; thuja (Thuja occidentalis); wintergreen (Gaultheria fragrantissima) are extremely poisonous due to the presence of Menthyl Salicylate. It should never be ingested and should not be used in aromatherapy.

Wormseed (Chenopodium ambrosioides), should not be used in aromatherapy and the oil may explode when heated or treated with acids. Wormseed oil should be avoided during pregnancy or breast-feeding and wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) treated the same way.

8. Diluting Essential Oils

Many essential oils are poisonous when ingested. Applying them topically can be dangerous if you don’t use a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil to have the oil be absorbed better. The smooth flow of carrier oils makes it easy to put the oils on your skin for benefits to relax, heal, calm, and many other things.

Dilution Guidelines

9. What are Carrier Oils?

The “carrier” part means an oil to move or transport an essential oil to help spread it into the skin for healing. Its produced from the oily part of a seed or nut from a plant or tree. It can also be used alone. Combined or used alone, it will give your skin amazing benefits to look dewy, hydrated, and healthy. Natural oils absorb into the skin not having additional fillers or toxic chemicals. This safeguards the skin’s natural oil (lipids) protection to prevent moisture from leaving the skin. To avoid clogged pores that cause blackheads and pimples, use olive or other nut/seed oils to support your skin and shield it from nature’s elements of sun and dirt to include society’s pollution. Stay away from synthetic oils and makeup that is not organic.

10. Best Carrier Oils for Beginners, Intermediaries, and Advanced Users

For healthy glowing skin try some of the oils below.

Argan Oil has a lot of vitamin E, a fat-soluble compound with the means to soften your skin and is great to fight aging. It will tighten skin, is not oily, and absorbs into pores nicely.

Avocado Oil contains vitamins A, D, and E, and omega-3 fatty acids to be a complete moisturizer. It will calm inflammation with its substantial number of antioxidants and high steroilins (plant fats) that heal sun damage, those brown age spots, eczema, and discolorations. Plant fats also boost the immune system.

Evening Primrose Oil happens to be right for most types of skin with its high amount of the fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid to dissolve sebum that clogs pores. Acne will be aided by using this oil to reduce inflamed tissue, irritation, redness, and soreness. The skin contamination known as “impurities” will clear up using this for dry and older skin to improve elasticity, cell structure, lessen wrinkles, dryness, and helps heal psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema conditions.

Jojoba Oil is a great moisturizer for dry, normal, and oily skin types. This oil is comparable to the skin’s sebum, dissipates into it, reduces inflammation, and feels light on your face. It will infiltrate into the pores to dissolve sebum, the fatty lubricant from the sebaceous glands of the skin.

Olive Oil is famous in the kitchen with cooks because of its fatty acids with its high concentration of triglyceride esters of oleic acid the most abundant fatty acid in human adipose (fat) tissue. Being heavy, it dries slower. Be sure to buy only 100% pure unadulterated olive oils as a carrier oil along with others shown here.

Rose Hip Oil is a great carrier oil for dry skin, mature skin nurturing, and to replenish and renew all skin types to a more youthful appearance. It seems to enhance elasticity, firm up tissue, and is wonderful for reducing scar tissue, redness from irritation, and swelling. Try rose hip seed oil for its rejuvenating and revitalizing potential.

Tamanu Oil just happens to be full of fatty acids for acne with its components to be effective against bacteria and oxidants. It will heal inflamed and irritated skin, scars, stretchmarks, sunburns, and most skin eruptions.

READ MORE: Best Essential Oils for Your Skin

Final Thoughts

We hope this article has provided you with enough helpful information on your adventuresome journey with 100% pure essential oils and carrier oils. Happy shopping for beautiful skin and health.

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