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Introducing dōTERRA® TOUCH KIT You can now find dōTERRA’s most popular essential oils in a base of dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for easy-to-use application. For more information, see page 38. Understanding proper dilution is an important factor in safe and effective essential oil use. Foremost, any substance that has a near-neutral pH, such as dōTERRA® Fractionated Coconut Oil, is incapable of altering the chemical makeup of an essential oil. Proper dilution, with an appropriate carrier, will not change the effectiveness. One of the most common concerns is the use of essential oils on those with sensitivity considerations, especially children. Although sensitivities are rare when proper usage guidelines are followed with neat application, by decreasing the rate of evaporation and therefore further limiting exposure, dilution allows for an even greater margin of safety. Dilution requires you use less oil for the same effect. When trying a new oil or when applying warmer oils such as Oregano or Thyme, dilution can decrease the risk for a hypersensitive reaction, reduce waste, and provide an ideal environment to discover which essential oils work best for your situation. Despite the growing body of evidence regarding the benefits of dilution, both methods of topical application have their place in the developing model of effective essential oil use. Many of the dōTERRA essential oils can be used safely and effectively neat, but proper dilution can be used appropriately at any time and may even offer some advantages. Along with improving application efficiency, there are also secondary benefits to using dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil as a carrier. It has a light emollient effect and is excellent for your skin. Unlike other vegetable-based oils, it does not leave an unpleasant greasy residue or interfere with the valuable properties of the essential oil it is carrying. dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil is also very stable, so you don’t have to be concerned that it will go rancid after a few uses. Learning to use dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil appropriately as a carrier will improve the experience for your entire family. References 1. Jager W, Buchbauer G, Jirovetz L, Fritzer M. Percutaneous absorption of lavender oil from a massage oil. Journal of Cosmetic Science.1992;43(1):49-54. 2. Bronaugh RL, Wester C, Bucks D, Mailbach HI, Sarason R. In vivo percutaneous absorption of fragrance ingredients in rhesus monkeys and humans. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 1990;28(5):369-373. 3. Price S, Price L. Aromatherapy for health professionals. 2012. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier: Edinburgh. 130. / 33