Safety tips regarding Essential Oils that you need to know
When you purchase your essential oils make sure the oils that you are buying are pure and recommended oils, make sure to follow the instructions for storage on the label. Here you some basic have safety tips regarding essential oils:
1. Essential oils should be used very cautiously during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Essential oils should be used during these times only at a 1% dilution and only under the guidance of an Aromatherapist or medical professional knowledgeable about essential oils. I’m always diluting essential oils in carrier oils before applying them to the skin. Usually, I put a total of 5–18 drops of essential oil in 30 ml of carrier oil.
2. It is recommended to test a small amount of oil on a small area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the arm, before applying the oil in other areas. The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils. I always keep a bottle of pure vegetable mixing oil or any pure vegetable oil handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation. I never use water, as essential oils are non-water soluble: using water will only spread the essential oil over a larger area.
3. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children. Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use.
4. Do not use essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age and also try to avoid using Peppermint on children under five years old.
5. Do not put essential oils in or around the eyes, the ears or other orifices. If essential oil does contact these areas, immediately flush with a carrier oil and wipe off excess.
6. If you’re pregnant, it is recommended to avoid: Clary sage, juniper, and fennel.
7. Pay attention to citrus oils: Lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, White Angelica, etc. They may cause a rash or darker pigmentation if applied to skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays within 3-4 days of use.
8. Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil-soluble liquid like honey, olive oil or soy milk.
9. Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Use milk, honey or carrier oil in the bath.
Essential oils are for you. They are meant to benefit your health and well being. All the tools you need are some high quality, natural oils and a few recipes. More important is the knowledge that you do not have to do harm to yourself to keep your body and home free of germs, bacteria, and negative energy and fulfill your life with energy, well-being and joy.
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