OK the general rule
is that essential oils should never applied to the skin undiluted
. a few drops should be be added to a sufficient amount of an appropriate carrier oil. (Almond oil is an example of a carrier oil.)
Originally Posted by bizi
I was burned in the bath when I added tangerine oil to the water....was not a very smart thing to do.
i'm so sorry for your bath experience.
essential oils need to be combined for bathing also, to allow for emulsification. Perhaps Katmae can suggest a "recipe" for you... ?
If not, i can try to find something. Ideally you'd blend with an emulsifier but at very least they shoild to be diluted in a carrier oil.
My guess is you used too much essential oil and unemulsified it would have spread in a thin layer on the surface of the water - so you came into contact with it pure
. presumably the water was hot too, which would have worsened the reaction.
it wasn't about being smart or not - you were simply uninformed. many folks think that essential oils to be simply "scents" ... it is an easy assumption to make. but they are not. this is the reason i posted back on this thread, regarding the precision and caution that is necessary to use them.
~ waves ~