If you are someone who is highly sensitive to oils, or you are someone who takes a lot of pharmaceutical drugs, you may want to perform a patch test on your arm before using anything. A patch test is always recommended before using any essential oil essences. This is because certain essential oils may cause an allergic reaction or sensitization on certain individuals. Everyone is different and each person can react differently to essential oils.
When using a new essential oil essence for the first time, perform a skin patch test on a small area of skin. A skin patch test is pretty easy to do, and it will help you determine if you have a sensitivity/reaction to a particular essential oil essence while reducing initial exposure to your skin.
How to test:
Wash the area you’re going to test. The inside of your elbow or wrist is usually a good place.
Apply a littleÂ amount of essential oil essence. The area should be large enough for you to see any redness or irritation.
Monitor the area for 12 to 24 hours. You shouldn’t really wash the area during the patch test unless you notice changes in your skin. If you feel the onset of any irritation or if any reaction occurs, Â carefully wash the area with mild soap and water.
If you experience any redness, itching or irritation, the oil should not be used.
If no irritation occurs, it is safe for you to use on your skin.