As long time readers know, I always try things out before recommending them. Most of the time they turn out well, such as the expiration date experiment, powdered milk experiment; I even know what expired coffee tastes like. Sometimes I had mixed results as when I tried shampoo substitutes.
This time around, I had headache but thought I should try something different before I took a pain reliever. I decided to try a home remedy for headache relief that I had read about: rubbing peppermint oil on the temples.
Here is what happened
I dabbed peppermint essential oil on my left and right forefingers, and started rubbing my temples with it.
I started to smell the minty aroma and thought, “Hmmm that smells good!”
Thinking maybe I should add a bit more, I repeated the process. Now I felt the area getting warmer due to the minty effects.
Next thing you know, the minty oil started traveling toward the corner of my eyes and boy did that burn!
I ran to the bathroom to wash my hands then rinse my eyes. Sure I forgot about my pounding head – my eyes were burning too much!
After rinsing everything off the burning subsided after about five minutes.
After this little incident, I happened to see a Tweet from Gaye of Backdoor Survival mentioning an e-book that was just released: Aromatherapy Made Easy: The Ultimate Guide to Healing with Aromatherapy
I ordered it and read it in record time. It is written for beginners which suited me just fine. After reading the book, I now know essential oils must be used with a “carrier” oil (a plain base oil such as grape seed oil, almond oil, fractionated coconut oil) before they can be applied to the skin. The carrier oil helps dilute the potent essential oil.
I had to share this story, so you know “what not to do.” and learn from my mistake.
- Never apply essential oils directly to skin. Always use a carrier oil.
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