It seems essential oils are the “big thing” right now…. and with good reason…they are A-MAZ-ING. People are realizing their benefits, and their use has become mainstream. With that popularity, comes lots of people selling them and sharing how to use them. The thing is…most of then do this without realizing they are sharing incorrect information. It’s not their fault per say…they signed up under a friend or family member and while the passion is there, many times the education is not. On my own social media feeds, I often see people giving recommendations to their customers (many of those customers being moms) that are not safe. When we educate ourselves, everyone wins. So before you take advice on what to use for what, or decide to whip up that EO recipe you saw on pinterest, please educate yourself, or ask someone who KNOWS, not just sells.
Most recipes on pinterest have you using 20-60 drops of essential oil per a 10ml rollerball. But did you know that the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy recommends, for a grown-up, even with an acute, short term condition, the most used should be 6-9 drops or less in order to be what they consider a safe dilution? 10ml rollerball recipes that call for 20-60 or more drops of oil do two things:
- They cost you money; causing you to go through your oils way faster than necessary and
- They are unsafe.
And most people selling essential oils are unaware that there are precautions for what oils are safe/unsafe to use for children under the ages of 8 and 6, or that essential oils should not be used on children under the age of 2.
I started using essential oils in 2013…and I got them from, you know, the “fancy” grocery store. Because I didn’t know how to tell the difference between a good or bad one.
I found Doterra in 2015. I had finally found a great high quality oil, but I didn’t know how to use them safely. What I soon discovered was most of the information I had received from well meaning fellow oil users, social media, and pinterest, wasn’t just wrong, it was absolutely unsafe. So I decided to educate myself. Because I didn’t want to end up being “that Mom” who injured her kid or herself because I followed the advice/recipe that a friend of a friend gave me…
Currently, I am halfway through my aromatherapist certification via Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. I decided to pursue this because I love using and sharing essential oils, but if I was going to share about the benefits of essential oils (of which there are so many!), I was going to know what I was talking about…and I was going to know that the information I provided was safe, per NAHA standards. All DIY EO recipes found here on the My Sweet Homeschool blog have mixed according to NAHA safety standards. Of note….an aromatherapy certification is not necessary to be knowledgeable. I know some essential oil advocates who, while they don’t have an aromatherapist certification, either learned safe usage through a history of their own parent’s usage, or have taken the time to educate themselves…that works too!
Essential oils are a wonderful thing. The benefits they can bring are vast and numerous. The main thing is that the person you order them from should be a resource to you regarding safe usage. They should be knowledgeable in safe dilution ratios, what oils are safe for what ages, and contraindications. No matter who you order from, just be sure that who you get your information from has taken the time to also educate themselves properly.
To read more about my own essential oil journey or to order Doterra oils, click here.
To read more about why I chose Doterra essential oils click here. (This link coming soon).
All essential oil recipes found on the My Sweet Homeschool site have been formulated according to NAHA safety standards.