How to Test for an Essential Oil Allergy

Skin Patch Tests help us narrow down a potential sensitivity or allergy to one or more essential oils in a blend. I recommend using them if you’re returning to using essential oils after a long break, like we see with multiple chemical sensitivities, and when you’re introducing a new-to-you essential oil to your wellness plan.

To do a skin patch test you will need:

  • an adhesive bandaid (latex free)
  • a carrier oil
  • an essential oil
  • a small measuring cup (like this glass one from Amazon or these disposable ones)

In this video I use Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) as an example. I want a general dilution for a healthy adult which would be 2%. For the purposes of the patch test we want to double that amount, bringing it to 4%. I’ve diluted 4 drops of Clary Sage in 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of Grapeseed oil and applied it to the inner arm and covered it with a bandaid.

Get the Skin Patch Test Instruction (PDF) Handout:

By |2018-01-21T19:20:41+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

About the Author:

Amy holds her board certificate in Reflexology (ARCB), is a clinically-trained Aromatherapist (CCAP), and an Aromatic Medicine Practitioner. She launched her private practice, The Barefoot Dragonfly, in June 2004 with a special focus on women's health, pediatrics, and pain management. Amy sees clients and teaches a 200-hour aromatherapy certificate program and a 300-hour reflexology certificate program at her studio in Northwest Austin. She offers phone consults for private and commercial aromatherapy consultations.

One Comment

  1. Katy February 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Wow. Thanks for sharing the valuable information. With many essential oils on the market today, allergy testing is needed to avoid situations that have a serious impact on health. This article should be shared to everyone.

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