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BASICS: What to Do When an Essential Oil Hurts


We all know that essential oils have wonderful properties. They can calm us down or lift us up. They can make us more focused or help us unwind. One thing we love is that they can help us heal — but the flip side of that is that oils used in the wrong concentration can actually be uncomfortable or even harmful.

It’s important to be careful to use your oils properly, but since oils can effect people differently, it’s also good to know what to do if an oil causes irritation. If an oil feels warm on your skin or feels like it’s burning, apply carrier oil (like coconut oil or olive oil) to the area to neutralize the feeling — do not use water, which will have the opposite effect and could increase your pain.

The same is true if you accidentally get an oil in your eye. Don’t try to use water to flush out the oil because it will only make the problem worse. Even though it seems strange, just add a bit of carrier oil to your eye slowly and gently.

Part of using your oils properly is learning to pay attention to how each oil is effecting your body and knowing what to do when an oil isn’t working for you. The more knowledge you have, the more you will be empowered to using essential oils to create a healthier and happier life.

Founder Dr. Jessica Dietrich-Marsh

The body is perfectly made to self-heal. We support that natural ability by listening and responding. In April 2019, Dr. Jessica Dietrich-Marsh celebrated 24 years of assisting patients in healing naturally through... More Info