At EVER, we adopt a minimalist philosophy when it comes to using essential oils and hydrosols to support our well being. We've provided answers to these frequently asked questions about aromatherapy and essential oils to help promote the safe and effective use of our products. Please review these FAQs prior to beginning your aromatherapy practice, and be sure to check the safety considerations under each product description. The content in this website is not approved by the FDA, and you should always check with your healthcare provider before using essential oils.
Can I use your essential oils and hydrosols straight out of the bottle? How much should I use?
Our essential oils are 100% pure and highly concentrated. They should NOT be applied to the skin straight out of the bottle unless under the care of a certified aromatherapist trained to work with undiluted oils. The exception is when you are preparing an inhaler, in which case you would add essential oil drops directly to the wick.
In almost all cases, you should dilute essential oils with a carrier oil or other base according to the intended use. For example, everyday use for adults are typically applied at a 2% dilution. To address a acute issues, use slightly higher dilutions as needed. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should use a 1% dilution.
Use the this table as a guide for your dilutions.
1 oz carrier oil or other base
5-6 drops essential oil
1oz carrier oil or other base
10-12 drops essential oil
Hydrosols, however, can be used straight out of the bottle, or blended with oils or other hydrosols.
What carrier oils or other vehicles can I use to dilute the essential oils?
There are several options for carrier oils to use when diluting your essential oils. Jojoba and grapeseed oil are most common, but apricot oil is also good for a thicker massage oil. Aloe gel, coconut oil, and bath salts are also useful carriers.
When making a room spray, you can use distilled water or hydrosols as the base, but remember water and oil don't mix, so it is not a true dilution. Be sure to shake well before misting.
Can I take essential oils or hydrosols internally?
We do not recommend taking essential oils or hydrosols internally unless under the care of certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner trained specifically on internal use. Our oils are for external use only.
Can I use essential oils or hydrosols when I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are certain oils that are contraindicated during pregnancy, but many oils can be used at a 1% dilution if necessary. As a precaution, avoid essential oil use during the first trimester, and limit use as much as possible. Daily use is not recommended during pregnancy. For a list of contraindicated oils during pregnancy, we recommend consulting the latest textbook from Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition.
Due to their mild nature, many hydrosols can provided a useful alternative to essential oils during pregnancy. Peppermint hydrosol is still not recommended for use during the first trimester.
Is it safe to use essential oils or hydrosols on babies and children?
Essential oils are generally not recommended for use on children 5 years or younger. However, a 1% dilution may be used on children ages 3-5. Hydrosols provide a better alternative to essential oils for younger children and babies. However, peppermint hydrosol is still not recommended for children under the age of 3.
Are essential oils approved by the FDA?
No, essential oils are not approved or regulated by the FDA. The information on this site has not been evaluated by the FDA, but has been gathered from published sources. The products on our site are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Are your essential oils and hydrosols organic?
All of our essential oils and hydrosols are sourced from organic, wild-crafted, or unsprayed flowers and plants. To find out the profile of your EVER essential oil or hydrosol, please see the chemistry report under each product description or visit our Professionals page.
How should I store my essential oils and hydrosols?
Essential oils should always be capped immediately after use, and be kept in a cool, dark place, not exposed to light, at around 65°C. These measures will minimize the amount of oxidation undergone by the oil. Oxidation of oils can cause skin irritation.
How long will my oils and hydrosols last?
Each product has a its own shelf life. To lookup the profile for a specific product, please see the chemistry report under each product description or visit our Professionals page.