Essential Oils Safety


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Safety Precautions

The following safety precautions are guidelines only. Essential oils are very highly concentrated and potent and it is important to always check the specific safety data provided. 

Some oils are not recommended for use on the skin. Other oils may be used on the skin but should never be ingested. It is often recommended to test before use. Make sure you consult with the company where you purchased your oils if you have any questions. For oils that can be used on the skin it is recommended to place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. The bottom of the feet is also recommended as one of the safest places to use essential oils. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.

You should consult with an Aromatherapist about essential oil usage and always inform your primary care physician what you are using as they may not be conducive with his/her prescribed therapy and medications.

Other listed precautions are: 

  • Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. 
  • Essential oils are highly flammable substances and should be kept away from direct contact with flames, such as candles, fire, matches, cigarettes, and gas cookers.
  • The term ‘natural’ does not guarantee safety, read and follow instructions carefully.
  • Avoid prolonged use of the same essential oils. Use a variety of essential oils and make sure you take breaks from the essential oils you use often. It is suggested to use a blend for no more than 4 days. Take a minimum of 4 days off and use a different blend which provides the same relief if necessary.
  • If allergic to certain foods, do not use essential oils or carrier oils that come from those foods.
  • Many essential oils have not been tested on humans, thus always take precautions with using Aromatherapy.
  • For external use only. While some people do ingest certain essential oils it is not recommended. The ingestion of essential oils should only take place while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner. Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil-soluble liquid like honey, coconut or olive oil or raw, grass-fed milk. It has been suggested that if a child appears to have drunk several spoonfuls of essential oil, contact the nearest poison control unit (often listed in the front of a telephone directory). Keep the bottle for identification and encourage the child to drink whole or 2% milk. Do not try to induce vomiting. 
  • Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye recommendations include washing out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water. A cotton cloth or similar should be imbued with a fatty oil, such as olive or sesame, and carefully swiped over the closed lid. Seek medical attention if the stinging and/or irritation continues. It is always better to be safe then sorry!
  • Many essentials oils should not be used on the skin. Please do through research and read all warnings concerning each oil you consider using. Diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil is often recommended when using an oil on the skin.
  • Many essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy. This may be a partial list so always check with a health care professional before using any essential oil during pregnancy. If pregnant it has been recommended that you avoid Aniseed, Basil, Birch, Camphor, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Mugwort, Myrrh, Parsley Seed or Leaf, Pennyroyal, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Tansy, Tarragon, Thuja, Thyme, Wintergreen, Wormwood
  • Many essential oils should be avoided if you have certain health conditions or diseases so extreme caution should be used. We can not emphasize this enough … consult your doctor before using essential oils.
  • Direct sunlight and certain essential oils can be a bad mix. Citrus oils such as bergamot, orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, white angelica and other essential oils may cause a rash or darker pigmentation if applied to skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays with 3 to 4 days of use. Other adverse reactions may occur so do your research before using essential oils and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.


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