Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

Essential Oil Safety is something that the new user should be familiar with. The good news is that you may have a mishap, but you will know how to handle it. This is a great video on how to use the oils, I recommend sending the link to this blog to be able to help you get the information out for your friends and family.

There are some basic guidelines, and this video goes over the bare basics. There are more things to consider with essential oil safety, some of these factors in detail are below:

Never apply oils directly to the eyes or ear canal. After application, avoid rubbing the eyes, around the eyelids, handling contact lenses, or touching the interior of one’s nose. The skin around the genitals and mucous membranes areas are also sensitive and prone to irritation.
Dilute with oil, not water. If you happen to get an essential oil somewhere you did not
intend, or experience discomfort when applying it to your skin, please use a carrier oil or
pure vegetable oil to rinse or dilute the area. Using water will increase the discomfort.
Use a carrier oil with babies, children and those with sensitive skin. Care should
be used with babies, children, and the elderly. Their skin is more sensitive and susceptible to irritation, burning, or stinging sensations. Use a carrier oil to protect this sensitive skin against irritation. When applying oils to babies & children, ensure they will not accidentally get the oils in their eyes or mouth (bottoms of the feet and then covered with socks, or along the spine are good locations).

“Warm oils” Some oils, such as cinnamon, thyme, oregano, cassia and clove, can feel very
warm or even hot/burning on the skin and therefore should be diluted with a carrier oil when used topically, even on adults. Peppermint is a “cooling” oil, but is another oil you may want to dilute.

Some essential oils are photosensitive. Photosensitive oils, primarily citrus oils, react to
radiant energy or light such as natural sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV rays. The result is a dark pigmentation or a rash on the skin.

Internal Use. While most essential oils on the market should not be taken internally (and this warning is usually on the label), certified pure oils are labeled as dietary supplements and are safe for internal use, in small quantities. Mild oils may be taken under the tongue or in water, hot oils should be placed in capsules. Many oils may be used in cooking recipes for flavoring and/or therapeutic benefit.

Pregnancy & Nursing. While oils applied topically at ordinary levels should not be harmful to a developing fetus, please use caution with essential oils during pregnancy. Popular oils
generally considered safe to use during pregnancy include. bergamot, ginger, geranium,
lavender, lemon, sandalwood, wild orange and ylang ylang, however, other oils may also be suitable; consult your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns. Additional oils may be helpful during and after delivery. Internal use of peppermint can reduce milk supply in some mothers, so you may want to avoid it prior to delivery and while nursing.

Critical health conditions. Persons with asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure, or other
critical health conditions can definitely benefit from essential oils, but may want to consult a healthcare professional.

A little goes a long way. Essential oils are pure concentrates. The higher quality the oil, the more potent it will be and smaller amounts are required. One or two drops is considered a dose. Less oil, more often, is best. Unlike synthetic medications, you do not need to wait 4 hours before using an oil again. Apply the oil; if there is still discomfort, apply more again in a few minutes.

Essential oil and bath water. One common application method is in a bath. When using
undiluted oil in bath water, use a dispersing gel (bath/shower gel can work) to prevent oil
from pooling as a concentrated drop in the water. Also note that oils will evaporate quickly in very hot water.

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