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Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on the desired benefit. There are many safety recommendations for using essential oils and I can't over emphasize the importance of becoming educated in this area.
The Tisserand Institute is a great source of information for the safe use of essential oils. Click HERE to review their safety information page.
Click HERE to see safety information from Nature's Gift.
Aroma Web is another source with lots of information. Click HERE to go to their safety page.
Using Essential Oils Safely
Quality essential oils can be used safely by your family for a variety of wellness applications. There are several safety guidelines that you should follow when using essential oils and essential oil products.
- Be sure to use only pure essential oils from a trusted source and follow all label warnings and instructions. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area.
- Always use a carrier oil to dilute any essential oil or blend. Here is a list of carrier oil profiles to consider. Each carrier oil offers a different combination of therapeutic properties and characteristics. The choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought. I buy a lot of my carrier oils from Nature's Gift and I like the detailed information that they provide for each oil.
- Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, dilute with coconut oil or vegetable oil NOT water. Water can actually drive in the oils.
- Use caution if making blends of oils, especially from recipes obtained from Pinterest or blogs that you aren't familiar with. Why? Because many essential oils come with what are called contraindications. These are specific instances when an oil should not be used because it might be harmful, for example: anyone with history of seizures, asthma, blood clotting disorders, taking certain medications or are pregnant or nursing to name a few. There are certain oils not recommended for children for various reasons. Some oils increase risk of skin irritation when applied topically (more so for those with sensitive skin), while other oils are phototoxic.
- Any essential oil can become an allergen by using it undiluted on the skin; and this risk is there for all essential oils, including lavender. Sensitization is exposure to an allergen that results in the development of hypersensitivity.
You can read more about this HERE.
- Do not consume an essential oil internally without proper guidance. Consult with a qualified aromatherapist or your health care provider before deciding to ingest essential oils.
- Discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.
- When using on children, apply a very small amount of oil with a carrier oil to test skin or other sensitivity. Do not use oil on a child’s hand as they may transfer to their eyes or mouth. See the dilution charts for more information. I personally do not use essential oils on babies at all.
- Citrus oils contain a unique category of photosensitive compounds called furocoumarins, so it is important to avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV light for up to 12 hours after topical application of these oils.
- Consult your doctor or a certified aromatherapist before using essential oils on babies and children, if you are pregnant or under a physician's care, if you take any prescription medications, or if you have any other safety questions regarding essential oils.
It is important to remember that quality essential oils are highly-concentrated plant extracts and should be used with reasonable care. Consulting with an aromatherapist or health practitioner who has experience with essential oils will make your experience with essential oils more enjoyable and rewarding.
As you learn how to use essential oils through personal experience, share your knowledge with others in a safe and responsible way and encourage others to do the same.
GOOD LINKS TO MORE SAFETY ARTICLES:
-NAHA Safety Information - General, Dermal, Eye, and Pregnancy Safety
If you have questions or concerns with your use of essential oil products, please contact me.