NEATness Doesn’t Always Count

There’s a certain four-letter word in aromatherapy: NEAT. It’s not an acronym. It simply means applying essential oils to the skin undiluted. When I first got started with essential oils, I didn’t know that they should be diluted in a carrier oil before application. So typical of me to read the instructions after the fact.

In this article we’re going to talk about the risks involved with applying essential oils NEAT to the skin.

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A Story About Bob

Sometime in the summer of 2014, I was hosting a dinner party at my house. By the end of the evening, it was just my friends Patrick and Bob and myself remaining.

We were standing around my dining room table just shooting the breeze. Suddenly, Bob started having an asthma attack. I immediately knew what to do. I raced over to my refrigerator and pulled out a bottle of my Plant Therapy eucalyptus globulus essential oil.

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What’s So Essential About These Oils, Anyway?

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably new to the world of essential oils. Why are they essential?

Essential oils are derived from certain species of plants. These plants have their own built-in defense mechanisms against predators and environmental threats. Plant species have chemical constituents specific to the type of plant and its environment. You could say that these chemicals are “essential” to the survival of the plant.

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