- Safe Use of Essential Oils
The Safe Use of Essential Oils
In general, when used properly essential oils are quite safe and highly beneficial. However, because their uses are still relatively unknown, people can and do hurt themselves by using these highly concentrated botanical substances improperly.
- Do not use essential oils internally. Should accidental ingestion of any significant amount of an essential oil occur, immediately call your local Poison Control Center. Do not induce vomiting. Do not give water if breathing or swallowing is difficult, seek medical help immediately.
- Do not apply directly to the skin; always dilute with a carrier oil. Take special precautions with applications near delicate skin areas. The best treatment for skin irritation from essential oils is to apply a fatty oil, such as coconut, which will dilute the impact of the essential oils.
- Always keep out of reach of children.
- Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. If an essential oil gets into the eye, do not rub it. Saturate a cotton ball with milk or vegetable oil and wipe over the area affected. In severe instances flood the eye area with lukewarm water for fifteen minutes and consult your doctor immediately.
- Do not use citrus oils before exposure to UV light.
- Use only pure essential oils; avoid synthetic fragrances.
- Do not use essential oils on infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly, or those with serious health problems, without proper medical advice.
- Avoid prolonged exposure without ventilation. Overexposure to essential oils, especially in confined areas, can cause dizziness, nausea, light headedness, headache, blood sugar imbalances, irritability, and euphoria.
- Store essential oils and carrier oils properly to avoid degradation and rancidity. Air, heat and light degrade essential oils. Store essential oils in a cool, dark room and always keep your oils tightly sealed.
- Before experimenting with an oil, become familiar with it’s properties, dose, and precautions.
- When in doubt about a condition or an oil, consult a qualified medical specialist.
Important Note: The information provided is intended for educational purposes only and is not considered complete or guaranteed to be accurate.
General Safety Information: Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes or other concentrated essences directly onto the skin. Do not take any essential oils internally without consultation from a qualified Aromatherapist or medical practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, only use essential oils under the proper guidance of a qualified Aromatherapist or medical practitioner. Essential Oils are not intended to treat or cure serious medical conditions; there is no substitute for a consultation with a competent physician for any matters regarding your health, or anyone else. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. We recommend it is safer to consult a qualified Aromatherapist or medical practitioner before using essential oils with children. When using for the first time patch test on a small area of skin. If irritation occurs, discontinue use. The information provided is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.