7 Things NOT To Mix With Your Essential Oils

Are you a fan of essential oils? You should be! 

A high quality essential oil is a fantastic and useful addition to many areas of life, including for pain relief, cleaning, as well as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and topical applications… among many other things. 

We love essential oils because incorporating them into our lives can help us achieve a better degree of clean living. 

As stated in a recent review of 53 scientific articles on them, evidence is emerging each year supporting the safety and efficacy of high quality, essential oils when used properly. [1]

Diluting essential oils in appropriate levels for applications is one of the basic standards of safe use, especially when applying directly to the body.

Sometimes this is very easy to achieve. Other times, we may attempt to dilute or dissolve an essential oil with substances that may not really “jive” well with its chemistry… 

In other words, the essential oil may not adequately mix into these substances without separation. 

This is concerning because one of the keys to essential oil safety is being cautious of the quality and amount of substances we put on or in our body.

Ultimately, an essential oil’s ability to mix into other substances comes down to their solubility.

In chemistry, it is said that “like dissolves like,” and that applies perfectly here. Unfortunately, as essential oils have risen in popularity, so too has misinformation surrounding them, particularly when it comes to the substances that do and do not dilute essential oils well.

Some things just should NOT be mixed with essential oils. 

The main reason for this is because the chemical properties of certain substances don’t match up with that of essential oils, so diluting an essential oil into these things will not be effective.

Here’s a short list of substances that cannot dilute or be used to disperse your essential oils:

  1. Distilled water 
  2. Deionized water 
  3. Witch hazel 
  4. Vodka 
  5. Sea or table salt 
  6. Epsom salts 
  7. Magnesium oil

For 9 other substances you should not mix with your essential oils, including a few that may surprise you…

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[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4606594/


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