1. Karyn Goff Karyn Goff United States says:

    Whatever else you do, please do NOT ingest them.  They are highly concentrated substances, and should be handled with the same care as any prescription drug.  They can cause serious harm to the body.  ALWAYS dilute them before applying to the skin.  I only use 10 drops to 1 ounce of carrier.  Others with more experience may use a higher number, depending on the condition being addressed.  (FYI - I have been working with essential oils for 25 years)

    • s h s h United States says:

      Out of curiosity, what brand essential oils do you use?  The brand I use there are many of the oils that are extremely safe to ingest and applied without carrier oils, and I have never had an issue.  In fact there are thousands of people who have used this brand of essential oils without issues.  I understand your point of handling them with care and being careful not to ingest as there are many brands (especially the cheap ones in natural food stores) that should NEVER be ingested due the fact of harmful synthetic additives in them (to sell them at cheaper cost).  Keep in mind the cheaper oils have zero health benefit anyway.  Just saying that people should definitely do a thorough research, as not all essential oil brands are of the same quality.

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