SAFE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Tips on how to use essential oils safely
Essential oils are very concentrated and
potent. Even small amounts can cause harm if used improperly.
1. Do not
apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin, as this can cause an
sure you store essential oils out of the reach of children and pets.
3. Do not
get essential oils in your eyes, nose, or ears. Wash your hands thoroughly
after using essential oils. If working with pure essential oils, you may want
to get disposable latex gloves (or latex-free alternatives).
4. Do not
take essential oils internally, unless at the advice of your doctor or a
qualified medical practitioner.
going out in the sun or to a tanning booth, avoid using essential oils that
increase your sensitivity to the sun, such as citrus oils (e.g. bergamot oil,
6. Do a
patch test if you have allergies or think you might be sensitive to an
essential oil. Test aromatherapy products (such as lotions or creams) by
applying a small dab to your arm. For pure essential oils, add one drop in 2.5 mL (or 1/2 teaspoon) of vegetable oil and apply it to your
arm. If the area turns red, or if there is burning or itchiness, wash the area
and do not use that product.
of essential oils can trigger a headache or dizziness. Do not exceed the
recommended amounts. If you're working with essential oils (e.g. making your
own lotions, candles, or bath salts) make sure you're working in a
well-ventilated area and take breaks to go outside.
8. If you
have a medical condition, consult a qualified medical practitioner before using
essential oils. Certain essential oils should not be used by people with
with liver or kidney disease should only use essential oils under the guidance
of a qualified medical practitioner. Once absorbed in the bloodstream,
essential oils are eventually cleared from your body by the liver and
kidneys--using essential oils excessively may injure these organs.
EO in first trimester of pregnancy; then use only florals
in 1% dilutions.
11. Consult a qualified medical
practitioner if you are using any medication, because essential oils may interact
negatively with certain medications. For example, relaxing essential oils such
as chamomile, lavender, and melissa
(lemon balm) may heighten the effect of sleeping pills or sedatives.
12. Do not
use synthetic oils for Aromatherapy purposes.
Though essential oils are safe and 100%
natural, yet users are advised to take some precautions while
using aromatherapy products. Some general safety guidelines that
should be strictly observed are:
- Keep out of reach of children
- Always ensure the integral dropper is in place
- Avoid direct contact with eyes and other delicate areas
- Only for external use
||These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or
prevent any disease.
Consult your health care professional about any
serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural
substances such as essential oils for serious health conditions that require professional