Most oils harmless to skin
Essential oils can be found all over beauty aisles and specialty stores these days, but are all of them safe to apply directly to your skin?
Most are harmless and produce no side effects when applied topically following manufacturer directions, say medical professionals at the University of Minnesota. Because some are more concentrated than others, however, users may want to start with diluted amounts. That means adding just three to five drops to a teaspoon of a low-scent carrier substance such as water, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil or avocado oil.
Those with sensitive skin may even find that concentration irritating when using intense varieties such as thyme, oregano, clove or cinnamon bark; others may experience burn-like reactions when their skin is exposed to sunlight after they’ve applied bergamot, lemon, lime, orange or angelica.