Today’s Aromatherapy Tip of the Day: October 28, 2013 is Neat Application.
Neat means pure essential oil un-diluted, without a carrier oil; straight from the bottle. It is not advisable to apply neat essential oils directly to the skin. However, there are some exceptions.
Insect bites, minor burns, pierced ear infections, warts, etc… can be treated by neat application. Make sure you avoid contact with the surrounding, healthy skin. I, personally, like to use a clean Q-tip to apply neat essential oils; I feel that I have better control in keeping the essential oil(s) where I want them and away from surrounding, healthy skin. If I am applying neat essential oils to a large area, I feel comfortable in using a clean cotton ball.
When applying essential oils to the face, for example: a cold sore, first soak one end of the Q-tip with water then add 2 drops neat essential oils and apply. This also applies to toothaches and mouth ulcers.
For Athlete’s foot, soak the feet in water and Tea Tree Essential Oil; general rule – 45 drops to one cup water. Gently pat the feet dry then apply neat Tea Tree Essential Oil to the feet, using a clean cotton ball. Don’t forget to dab the area between the toes.
*When using NEAT Essential Oils, it is more important than ever to TEST a small strip of skin first, to ensure there is no allergic reaction!*
A list of Essential Oils that are safe to use Neat (After testing first, of course.):
Basil, Chamomile, Clove, Cypress, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Melissa, Myrrh, Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Sandalwood, and Tea Tree. These Essential Oils will give you a good start on working with Neat Essential Oils.
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Debra Mauldin, Certified Aromatherapist
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