In some cases, skin’s sensitivity may fluctuate. If your initial patch test reaction to a specific oil is not severe, you can try patch testing again in the future. Be sure to dilute with more carrier oil this time and keep a close eye for any negative reaction. Immediately discontinue topical use if you have another sensitive reaction.
Dilute with a carrier oil
When using hot essential oils, you must always dilute with a carrier oil to decrease the risk of irritation. Some carrier oil options that you can use include:
- V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
- Fractionated coconut oil
- Sweet almond oil
- Grape seed oil
- Jojoba oil
- Olive oil
Not sure which carrier oil is right for you? Get to know your carrier oil options or take this quiz to find out.
Typically, we recommend that you dilute 1 drop of a “hot” oil with 1–4 drops carrier oil. (Refer to essential oil bottle labels for specific carrier oil amounts). However, if you don’t have a negative reaction to an oil but the sensation is still a bit intense, compensate by diluting with more carrier oil. No two bodies are alike, but you know your skin best and can adjust to find the right fit for yourself!
Slow and steady wins the race! If you do not react with sensitivity to a hot oil, you can begin incorporating it into your routine safely and absorbing its topical benefits.
Diffuse “hot” oils
If you are sensitive to the topical application of certain hot oils, it doesn’t mean you need to quit using them entirely. If the label says the oil is safe for diffusion, try experiencing all of the aromatic benefits it offers. Learn about the science behind aromatherapy in this blog post.
We have hundreds of diffuser blends on our blog that you can refer to for inspiration if you need to switch things up.
Now you’ve got everything you need to know about hot oils and how to use them safely! We hope this helps open up new avenues of essential oil self-care and gives you greater confidence to use any essential oils, hot or otherwise.
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