Below are some precautions and useful information about our essential oils. 

Topical application of an essential oil or blend whether diluted or not should always be tested first on a very small area for sensitivity. If any irritation arises, discontinue use or change the dilution and test again.

Dilution of essential oils are most commonly blended as a 2% to 10% dilution in a carrier oil suitably chosen for a particular purpose.

Direct application of an essential oil, for example, on acupuncture points, may be done after testing for sensitivity on a single point first. One drop may be distributed over a 3 to 5 point prescription. Never rub or massage an undiluted essential oil on the skin. If any irritation arises, discontinue use or dilute and test again.

It is not the intention of Alchemica Botanica or the Alchemica Botanica website to provide specific information on disease processes or the healing of any disease or symptom. The information and statements regarding efficacy of products contained within this website are for informational and educational purposes only, and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products mentioned within this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease; and are not to be used as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical practitioner regarding any medical advice or treatment

The essential oil blending and acupuncture point suggestions mentioned in the following material are simply ideas meant to encourage practitioners to come up with their own prescriptions. Likewise, the descriptions of essential oil aromas and their effects are based on the experiences of the writers. Your own experiences are equally valid and you are encouraged to share them on the Alchemica Botanica website.

To learn more about using essential oils in the context of Chinese Medicine, Alchemica Botancica recommends the following Teachers: Jeffrey Yuen ( ) and Josephine Spilka ( )

Deep gratitude goes to the people and sources who contributed to the information contained in these TCM herb oil descriptions including: Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, Josephine Spilka, Andrew Ellis, the Materia Medica 3rd Edition by Bensky, Clavey & Stoger, Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology by Chen&Chen, The Materia Medica of Essential Oils by Yuen, The Divine Farmer's Materia Medica translation by Yang Shou-Zhong, and various research articles and papers.

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