Assuage any fears that the highly concentrated essential oils are detrimental. However, be mindful that it’s important to know the safety issues for using the oils properly. This is an overview and not meant to be an entire discussion about essential oils. Read books, consult qualified aromatherapists, or a healthcare provider. For a wonderful book for everyone, not just aromatherapists, read this book from Amazon Essential Oil Safety a must read for anyone using essential oils.
1. Never use undiluted essential oils on your skin. Mix with a carrier oil. Try a test area to see if your skin burns.
2. Specific essential oils can cause allergic reactions or sensitization that can last forever. Use a skin patch test when using an oil for the first time.
- Skin Patch Test—On the inside of your elbow put 1-2 drops of diluted essential oil—be sure the oil is diluted—never put pure oil on the skin. Do not use oils that have irritated you before. Put a Band-Aid on it and keep it dry. If you feel any itching or irritation, remove the Band-Aid and wash the spot with a gentle soap and water then rinse.
- If you have no problems, let it stay on for 24 hours. This means the diluted oil is safe to use on your skin. If you are allergic to the plant it came from, its essential oil will give you sensitivities, and you should not use it.
3. Essential oils can cause inflammation, blistering, irritation and can make you be sensitive to the sun. Learn more about essential oils phototoxicity.
4. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use specific essential oils. Those suffering from epilepsy and asthma should not use some oils. Read and research safeguards with the oils you plan to use.
5. Use the smallest amount of essential oils. You don’t need to use more. More is not better. When the instructions tell you to use 3-4 drops then use that amount.
6. Certain essential oils are not safe for aromatherapy. Some are: bitter almond, camphor, horseradish, onion, pennyroyal, rue, sassafras, wintergreen, and wormwood. Only an aromatherapist would know about these and probably wouldn’t use them.
7. Keep essential oils away from kids. Some smell good enough to eat to little ones. They can cause serious injuries to kids, so hide your oils away somewhere under lock and key.
8. Some essential oils, such as the citrus and spices must not be ingested unless you know what you are doing. Check with a qualified aromatherapist for knowledge or read a good book.
9. Be sure to keep away from flammable sources since essential oils can combust easily.
10. Age is a factor to be considered with young children and the elderly. Skin is sensitive and dilution should be used for these people. The dilution of the potent oils will need to be taken into account. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
We wish you much success with using essential oils and diffusers. They both indeed benefit life with delightful fragrances.
Read more at The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.