Ask Cary: Skepticism + Dilution

July 11th, 2014

We get all kinds of questions about essential oil therapy, and Cary makes sure to answer each and every one of them. Recently, we realized that those answers were only going to the person who asked the question. You know that at 21 Drops we believe that sharing is caring, so we decided to do a weekly roundup of some of the Q’s & A’s to help you be your best self!


This week: Skepticism + Dilution




Question: As someone who uses medicine a little bit too freely, I’d love to find an alternative. But I’m not going to lie, I’m a little bit skeptical. Can you give me a little more information on essential oils?

Answer: What most people dont realize is that their “pharm meds” are actually the synthesized molecules that are naturally found in plants. Chemicals that are known to cure specific ailments are extracted from plants, synthesized and then turned into pill form. For example, “Camphor” is naturally occurring in Juniper and Rosemary, but today is synthesized into camphorated chest rubs. Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory drug, comes from pineapples. Yes, you can take the “drug” form of these remedies, but you could also rub these oils (properly diluted) on your chest for the same effects- plus, essential oils are natural, gentler on the body and have no side effects!


Question: Why are your essential oils diluted? Wouldn’t that make them less effective?

Answer: It takes hundreds of pounds of plant material to extract and create just a few ounces of essential oil. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated. Not only will it be too harsh on one’s skin to apply undiluted (neat), but it is also very wasteful, since you only need small amounts to be effective. Essential oils are highly active and function at small percentages within a carrier oil. 2-5% on a regular basis for particular concerns is more than enough. You would never exceed 10% for even an acute condition, as the oils are too strong and can be overwhelming  to the body’s systems.


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