This topic is from my own personal “what I’ve learned” file. These are my experiences and opinions and your own experience may be very different.
Q. Can you use too many oils?
A. I think this is going to vary by person and ‘too many’ is relative to each. When first starting out, if you open every bottle and use a whole bunch of drops in every single way possible, then you may have some interesting detox symptoms because oils go right to work to support and maintain balance in the body.
If you are eating a ton of junk, and have been using alot of chemical products without a gradual switch, that detox/purging of junk in the body may be not so fun. If that happens, scale back and go slower. You can’t work on everything all at once – and you will notice that oils bring balance in many layers over time (for lack of a better description). Common sense goes a long way here – I mean, would you immediately use heaps and heaps of any other new-to-you product that you purchase as soon as you open the container and without learning anything about it? I know I wouldn’t, no matter how many people told me it was perfectly safe. I like to investigate. You should too!
When I started out, I had no major detox except with Joy (mild headache) and on one area of my body with almost all of the oils (chest, breast, and neck area where I had surgery and the skin had some damage – that’s a common area for women to detox because of all the perfumes and cosmetics we use) I still can’t put oils there or I do get some itchy spots. It may take years to work that out. I look forward to being fully cleansed someday but I am not going to push it.
I was actually surprised at how I did NOT react to the oils – because I can’t handle chemical synthetic fragrance, and I’m allergic to almost every plant pollen. Properly distilled oils (and there aren’t many companies doing it right) do not contain the proteins that cause the allergic reactions that people have to plants. But that doesn’t mean nobody will never ever have a skin reaction and I won’t pretend that people never have issues with oils – there are hundreds of natural chemical compounds in oils. If you find one that doesn’t agree with you, then don’t use it. I don’t put cinnamon oil on my skin because it feels ‘hot’ but I can use it just fine in other ways.
Overall, oils were a heaven-sent gift to me and I love having fragrance that works with my wellness goals. And I know that my wellness has only gotten better and better with consistent use over the years.
Some days I use alot of oils topically and internally, some days I use just a couple drops. I go by how I feel. I’m not real good with routines and the only one I really stick to is Valor on my feet daily because I love how I feel so emotionally and physically balanced with it. Otherwise, I just go by intuition and knowledge that I have picked up from reading in my reference guide and other books.
Gary Young says that if you have any skin reactions to oils, then you may be needing MSM in your body and to try Sulfurzyme for awhile. Most people never have a problem. He’s been around for a long time and knows his stuff, so I pay attention when he talks.
art courtesy of Dolf Cheng