But a little goes a long. Most essentials oils are $10 to $30 a bottle. A 5 ml bottle contains about 90 drops, and a 15 ml bottle contains about 250 drops. Each application is one to three drops, meaning even a small bottle will get you 90 applications. Thieves cleaner is made of plants only and costs about $1.50 a bottle to make. You can’t even get that in the organic section at the grocery store! It replaces a multipurpose cleaner, glass cleaner and floor cleaner. The organic version of those can run you $4 to $6 a bottle.
Are They Safe?
There are certain oils that are photosensitive, meaning you don’t want to wear them and go outside. These are mostly citrus oils, like grapefruit, lemon, etc.
When using on your skin, always watch for redness and dilute with a carrier oil. Dilute oils on children, because their skin is more permeable and absorbs the oils more quickly. What is a carrier oil? It’s a fatty oil like olive oil or coconut oil, and its molecules are much larger than those of essential oils. Using a carrier oil with an essential oil slows down the rate the body can absorb the essential oil, because it has to ping pong through the large molecules of the carrier oil to get into your skin.
Be extremely careful of putting the essential oils near your eyes. Some oils, like peppermint, can cause a burning sensation. If you get some essential oil in your eye do not use water, rinse with a carrier oil like olive oil. If you are placing an oil near your eye, apply the oil to a Q-tip instead of tipping the bottle toward your face.
You can become desensitized to an oil if you use the same one day after day, so we rotate our oils every 3-4 days.