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Dosage The key to using essential oils safely is to always observe proper dosage suggestions. Whether you are using an essential oil aromatically, topically, or internally, ensuring that you use the correct amount will allow you to remain within the limits of safe use. With topical use, there is always a risk for skin irritation or sensitivity, especially when you consider that each essential oil has a different chemical profile, and each person has different skin sensitivity levels, skin conditions, and preferences. Remember that an essential oil dose will always depend on the age, size, health status, and personal skin sensitivity of the individual. If you Topical Dose have specific concerns about your skin, it is always a good idea to consult with your physician before using essential oils topically. • Start with 1–2 drops and increase as necessary When using an essential oil topically for the first time, always start with the lowest possible dose—one to two drops. Once you see how your body reacts to the small dose, you can increase the dose as necessary • Repeat dose every 4–6 hours as needed to help achieve a desired benefit. Because essential oils are so potent, it is always a good idea to use a few small doses periodically throughout the day, rather than a single large dose all at once. For topical use, a dose can be repeated every four to six hours as needed. Sensitivity Because each individual has different sensitivities, health concerns, skin conditions, and preferences, it is possible for essential oils to cause a sensitivity response. Children or those with sensitive skin are often more sensitive to developing a sensitivity, and should take extra safety precautions when using essential oils topically. Sensitivity test When applying an essential oil for the first time, it is a good idea to first conduct a sensitivity test to see how your body and skin react to the chemical structure of the oil. You can conduct a sensitivity test by applying a small dab of the essential oil (mixed with a carrier oil) to an inconspicuous area of the skin. Continue to check the area each hour for a few hours to make sure that no or irritation has occurred. • sensitivity Diffuse essential oils during a bubble bath to create a spa-like environment • Apply sensitivity oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your car Sun • Diffuse essential oils in that the some car during road trips to create a It is important to note essential oils, particularly citrus calming environment oils, can cause sensitivity when exposed to sun or ultraviolet light after topical application. Because citrus oils have photosensitive compounds, • Diffuse essential oils to help promote a relaxing exposure to sunlight, UV light, or sunlamps for up to 12 hours after application can cause sensitivity on the environment that will promote restful sleep skin. Essential oils • that pose a risk oils for when sun studying sensitivity Diffuse essential for a will test typically to help include a warning or caution, so be sure to promote focus application. and motivation carefully read oil labels before