Precautions using Essential Oils
could be more important than checking the cautions and warnings before
using a particular essential oil or blend of oils. Being unaware of the
different effect that a given essential oil may have on your body could
put you at risk if used inappropriately. Essential oils penetrate the
blood stream, regardless of the application, making it critical for you
to understand how they react with your body's chemistry. Used
improperly, essential oils can be toxic and cause sensitivity to your
skin and mucus membranes.
Do not store your essential
oils in direct sunlight, extreme heat or expose them to air. Instead,
store them in air tight containers, preferably in a cool dark place.
Always dilute an essential oil in a vegetable carrier oil before
applying and always apply a skin patch test (described below)before
applying a new oil or blend. Avoid contact with the eyes and mucus
Skin Patch Test
ensure you have no allergy or sensitivity to an oil or blend. Simply
wash the "crook of your arm" (the inside bend of your arm) with an
unscented soap and water. Pat dry, do not rub. Mix a drop of the
essential oil with a drop of vegetable oil you have in your kitchen
(canola, sunflower or olive oil). You can mix them in a teaspoon. Now
put a drop or so on the washed area of your arm and cover it with a
bandage and leave dry for 24 hours. Remove the bandage. If you see
redness, feel warmth or itching or see a rash, wash the area and pat
dry. We would not recommend you use this oil. If your skin looks normal,
you are more than likely safe to proceed using this oil or blend. This
is a good test for any new skin product you intend to use, especially if
you have sensitive skin.
essential oils are potent forms of the original plants, trees, or
woods. Prolonged use can cause sensitization and toxicity to develop. We
like to recommend that whatever your method, when you are using
essential oils on a daily basis, take a break. For example, say the
first week of the month you'll take a vacation from using your essential
oils. This gives your system time to eliminate any build up of toxins.
information contained within this website is for general information
purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat medical
conditions. Before using essential oils, we strongly advise you to seek
the advice of your health care professional if the following conditions
apply: If you are pregnant or nursing, have known plant allergies,
suffer from high blood pressure, asthma, liver or kidney disease,
epilepsy or other medical conditions, or are taking prescription or
homeopathic medications. Essential oils are powerful and can interact
with medications and other treatments.
Key points to remember about essential oils
Essential oils are potent and powerful. Less is always more.
Extended or prolonged use can generate toxicity. Take a break.
Treat essential oils as medications and always keep out of reach of children and pets
Some essential oils are phototoxic, meaning you should avoid sunlight
or tanning rays for at least 12 hours after application.
Some essential oils are skin irritants and should be avoided by sensitive individuals.
Always dilute with an organic vegetable oil or carrier such as salts, lotions
Never ingest essential oils without direct supervision by your health care professional.