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LIFESTYLE by KRISS on 09 october 2015

3 ACCIDENTS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS A few years back I used to have many essential oils in large quantities at my disposal and I would often take some home to experiment.
Sometimes, this led to unexpected accidents.
So this is my top 3 bad experiences with them in order for you not to reproduce.

Experience 1 : Winter savory burn

I came back home with a 50cc tinted bottle of pure winter sage, unmarked.
I intended to use some of it for testing immediately on bacterias but stashed it away.
At that same period, winter was cold and I made myself a chest rub with mostly almond or chestnut oil and I did put some winter savory in it.
My chest rub was in a 50cc similar flask and unmarked too.
One evening Kate asked me to rub her chest because of a starting winter cough.
I mixed the two bottles and applied a large quantity of pure winter sage on her.
I noticed that my hands were getting hot but this is only when I put some on my chest too that I immediately understood my mistake.
We immediately went under the shower with cold water and towels, neutral oil and washed for long minutes.
The burn ached for another good half hour and felt like all the organs were melting.
Don’t worry, with only a few cc on your skin, only your skin is burning but it was a bad experience.

Experience 2 : The oregano pee

Once upon a time there was a man who manipulated oregano essential oil one rainy afternoon, without the proper equipment, with his bare hands.
At some point he had to go the bathroom to pee, and ouch ! That is one of the most painful one because you rush awkwardly on your place of work to the nearest lavatory to rinse your aching junk, whoever might be watching would be the least of your concerns in such a case !

Experience 3 : The basil soup

There is a famous mediterranean dish which is called soupe au pistou.
It basically consists of a basil, tomatoes and peas soup.
Out of curiosity, Kate added a few drops of basil oil that was taking dust on a shelf.
Well enough said, that soup would have had to be diluted 1000 times to be edible.
Just pure disgusting.

I had many more bad experiences with essential oils but mostly involving manipulations of large quantities in an industrial environment which is unlikely to happen to you.

The small quantities usually sold to consumers, 5cc, 10cc, 30cc or even 50cc are in fact very very small, less than the quantities I spilled on some part of my body or clothes daily (mostly because of a poorly adapted equipment for the tasks required) but nevertheless, they are often harmless and the worse that may happen to someone with essential oils (except swallowing or special conditions) are burns.

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