Basic Safety Rules
In order to ensure safe use of essential oils, please take note of the following precautions and please note these safety rules are only for use with therapeutic-grade essential oils.
Using Grade B or C oils can be dangerous.
If you want to use essential oils for aromatherapy, diffusing, cooking, or applying to your skin, you will want to use therapeutic-grade essential oils.
The potential safety issues of an essential oil depend on the chemistry of the oil you are using, the dosage and frequency the oil is used, and the method of application.
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor, and Spike Lavender, Lavandula latifolia, should not be used during pregnancy or who is vulnerable to epileptic seizures.
Also avoid: Basil, Birch, Calamus, Hyssop, Idaho Tansy, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Wintergreen, Exodus II, Mister.
Use of essential oils during pregnancy and while breastfeeding should be under the advisement of a qualified practitioner or aromatherapist.
Children and Elders
A safe guideline for young children, unhealthy elders, and those with serious health conditions is that essential oils should only be diluted to a total of 3 drops of essential oil to 1oz of carrier oil.
Should you use essential oils in steam inhalation, never leave the child alone or unsupervised, and keep the inhalation to 1 minute.
Do not use essential oils directly on the fur or skin of any animals. We do not promote the use essential oils on any animals, in any way, without the advice of a veterinarian who has studied essential oils.
Always dilute essential oils in carrier oils before applying them to the skin or a bath. Use a total of 1-18 drops of essential oil in 1oz of carrier.
If undiluted essential oils are used on your skin, you may experience tingling, a rash, mild to severe irritation, or burning sensations. Immediately apply carrier oil to the affected area and wipe off. Consult with Aromatherapists before using essential oils neat (undiluted).
Daily use of the same blend of oils all over your body for more than a few weeks is not recommended. Try alternating your favorite blends every few weeks.
Some essential oils are photosensitive, which means sensitive to sunlight. When these oils are applied to the skin they can cause a rash or burn when exposed to sunlight. It is recommended that you simply stay out of the sun (or UV rays) for a few days.
The following oils are photosensitive:
Avoid sunlight or sunbed rays at least 48 hours after application. This will vary depending on the individual person’s skin. These oils applied to the skin at any dilution will likely increase the chance of severe burns from ultraviolet light and may cause permanent uneven pigmentation of the skin.
- Do not put essential oils in or around the eyes or near other orifices. If the essential oil does contact these areas, immediately flush with carrier oil and wipe off excess. If irritation persists, seek medical advice immediately.
- Essential oils should never be used internally and without the guidance of a qualified medical professinal.
- Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children; they can be poisonous if swallowed.
- Persons who have allergies to perfumes and chemicals should proceed cautiously with oils.
- Even if a specific essential oil is not reputed to cause irritation, each individual reacts to essential oils differently. Always do a patch test first.
- Essential oils are flammable. Please keep them out of the way of fire hazards.
Follow these guidelines and therapeutic grade essential oils will should last for many years. Store them:
- Out of the reach of Children
- Tightly Closed
- In a Cool Place
- Away from Light, both natural & artificial
Essential Oil Blends which have a carrier oil will last a few years when stored properly. Vegetable oils will go rancid after a long period of time.
Content on this Site
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The products being sold or content written on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease and essential oils are not a substitute for professional medical care.
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