A skin patch test is a method used to determine if a specific substance causes inflammation of the skin. It is often used to test for allergens. Any individual with suspected allergic contact dermatitis and/or atopic dermatitis needs patch testing.

If you have sensitive skin and you are not sure if you may be allergic to some Carrier Oils and/or Essential Oils, it is strongly advised that you perform a skin patch test before using any of our recipes for the first time.

All you need to do is to mix 1 drop of the oil you wish to test, with a teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier oil - such as sweet almond oil or grape seed oil. Apply a small amount of this mixed oil to the inside of your wrist or elbow and leave uncovered for twenty four hours. This area must not be washed for this period of time. If no sign of itching, redness or swelling occurs after the 24 hour period, it should be safe for you to use the oil.

If you have never used any form of carrier oil on your skin, it would be advisable to first do a skin patch test using only the carrier oil.

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