Originally Posted by rainbowmoon
Well I have used and recommended clove oil in the mouth neat on plenty of occasions with NO adverse reactions for both teething and tooth infections.. We are talking ONE drop here. It is also very common to use lavender oil neat on burns, blisters,cuts,etc. (agin ONE drop) I have used tea tree oil neat successfully on fungal infections of the fingers (after removal of artificial nails and on the toes. These are the only instances I ever used oils neat.
I have been using essential oils for 15 years now and have studied it in depth so it's not like I recommend these without any knowledge or working experience. The companies will tell you NEVER to use neat as they are just covering their butt. Any reputable aromatherapist worth their salt can tell you which oils CAN be used neat and under what circumstances. The 3 listed above are the exceptions to the rule of never using essential oils undiluted. I have never heard of anyone having problems with these specific applications.
I also want to add the use of oils neat is not very often. I can count on one hand the times I have used oils neat on myself for instance. Not very often at all.
You really must use common sense and outweigh the risks for yourself but I have no problem using oils in the ways listed above or even recommending using them those ways to other.
As another example my partner uses lavender oil neat ALL the time on cuts, scrapes, bites,etc. Again no adverse reactions. I really think it depends on the oil. I would NEVER suggest using say citrus based oils neat. BIG RISK there.
Also if you do dilute oils for said applications above they become MUCH less effective in my experience.
Okay, I am going to say my piece and then we will agree to disagree and I will have done my part to forwarn everyone that using oils "neat" is entirely at their own risk. A quick search of sensitization and going from there will turn up all of this information. But, it is commonly held and believed that Lavendar EO and TTO are a "risk free" oil, where sensitization will not occur. This is not true and there have been cases (that you will likely be able to search) where the sensitization has occured, sometimes after 20-30 years of using an oil neat. Just all of a sudden, one day, the body has a total reaction. And this is not a little red mark where the contact with the oil was made, though that may very well be there, too...though blistering and festering...but affecting the entire body in a totally systemic way.
I happen to study closely (and have for some many years) with a large amount of essential oil suppliers, all of whom would only stand to gain by telling those who buy from them that using EO's "neat" is a perfectly fine thing to do. After all, the more EO you use, the more you will need to buy...but they don't...I could rattle off about 15 of them right now who advise against it...strongly...because of the sensitization issue. This is not to protect their butts. Particularly when we discuss among friends. This is because there are cases out there where people got sick...REALLY REALLY sick (even after having been fine for weeks, months, or years of using the EO neat with no issue whatsoever.)
It is worth it to cut your chance of sensitizing to much much smaller statistic amounts by cutting the oil with a carrier oil whenever possible. And every time you use an oil neat, you take a risk. Why risk it if you could get the job done without that risk?
For example, I COULD use clove eo on my baby's mouth (and for babies you should NEVER use anything neat...or not HIGHLY diluted because baby skin and baby reactions/allergies are totally unknown) and risk a severe reaction, or I could use a drop of clove eo in a tablespoon of olive oil, get the job done...gentler on the system if there WAS an allergy...and make my clove EO last longer (and have another tablespoon's worth to use for the next WEEK!!!) it's simply a reasonable precaution and makes good sense on the wallet.
Now, I had a situation where my ds had a SEVERE burn...as in, the skin began blistering immediately and patches were literally turning black and peeling up. After taking off the clothes (the burn was on the entire rigth side of his body..very major) and applying cold water immediately, I used many drops of Lavendar neat on the part that was turning black and blistering and then I diluted some more and applied it to all the rest. He was only 2 years old, and even in doing this I was taking an enormous risk, imho. But, the possibility of the burn becoming severe and infected, etc...outweighted what I had to try in the moment.
I also put new soft clothes over that and applied ice to the entire side of his body and gave him plenty of homeopathic remedy Arnica...and treated him with SA (in proper doses, which I have taken upon myself to learn based on weight and other factors in children) and some chamomile EO HIGHLY diluted in wheat germ carrier oil and, amazingly and thanks to G-d, the blisters stopped immediately and the black skin just peeled right off. That was a life saving measure where the good outweighed the potential bad. A teething baby is NOT. Nor is clove oil thought to be safe used neat in the way that Lavendar and TTO are.
Anyways, I absolutely agree that common sense is key, but even in light of that, there are issues far beyond "butt covering" that need to be considered before using any EO "neat".
Even if you feel a repuatable company (there is one in particular but many who do this and are also being taken under legal action for it), or person is advising you to do so. Please just check it out first.
Rainbowmom, you are a totally awesome mom and I thoroughly enjoy learning from you. Thank you for sharing all your wisdom and absolutely, people can and DO use eo's neat...you are definately not alone in that recommendation, but there is another side to it that I really needed to say or I would have never been able to live with myself (knowing that I didn't give everyone a heads up first about something that I know to be a real issue and real concern amongst those in the industry.)
Thanks again for helping so many of us!!!