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Es­sen­tial oils can be sen­si­tis­ing. It is nec­es­sary to con­duct a patch test be­fore pur­chas­ing them to make sure it suits your skin type. Some of these oils cause se­vere skin sen­si­tis­ing. So if you have a sen­si­tive skin, it's al­ways ad­vis­able to check with a qual­i­fied prac­ti­tioner first.

Make sure that the prod­uct is 100% pure and nat­u­ral. Non-or­ganic brands may add fillers which of­ten in­clude harm­ful chem­i­cals that harms you in the long run.

Dilute es­sen­tial oils prior to ap­pli­ca­tion. Es­sen­tial oils can be blended with base oils or car­rier oils be­fore ap­ply­ing. They are highly con­cen­trated and should not be used undi­luted on the skin. It needs to be mixed with car­rier/base oil. The ra­tio should be 3-4 drops of es­sen­tial oil in 10ml of base oil. Some oils like olive, al­mond, jo­joba, grape seed and co­conut oil can be used as car­rier oil.

Al­ways store es­sen­tial oils in a cool, dark place and out of di­rect sun­light. This helps to pre­serve their po­tency. Es­sen­tial oils have a long shelf life, if stored cor­rectly, some even last for years.

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