Understanding and discovering the use of essential oils opens up a new world of health and happiness. Taking the steps to use essential oil also includes understanding them and what makes them so amazing.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way. Most Essential Oils are safe and free of adverse side effects when used correctly.
Being aware of these factors that are important to enjoying essential oils.
- Essential Oils must not be taken internally unless under the guidance of a health practitioner as they are extremely concentrated.
- Always purchase oils in tamper-proof lids because 100% oils are very concentrated.
- Do not exceed the recommended ratios.
- Keep away from eyes. Wash immediately with warm water. If burning occurs, seek medical advice.
- Remember to spot test on a small area of healthy skin for any topical applications to ensure there is no reaction. Always dilute oil for spot test into recipe blend or mix one drop of Essential Oil to five drops of Base
- Oil for body applications such as common ailments, massage, skin care, and hair care.
- Always use pure Essential Oils diluted (exception: Lavender and Tea Tree may be used neat).
- For those with extremely sensitive skin or allergic skin, do a patch test on any oil before using. You may need to avoid Basil, Bergamot, Thyme, and Tea Tree.
- If you have high blood pressure, avoid Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Thyme
- If you have low blood pressure, avoid Ylang Ylang, Marjoram and large quantities of Lavender.
- Epileptics should avoid Basil, Sage, Rosemary and Eucalyptus,
- Pregnant women should avoid all oils (for massage) in the first three months; instead, they should use Base Oil only. Oils that are considered safe after this period are Lavender, Chamomile, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Orange, Cypress, Rosemary, Frankincense, Peppermint, Ginger, and Bergamot.
- Children can use a blend at half the strength recommended for adults. Ideal Essential Oils are Lavender and Chamomile.
- If the skin is exposed to intense sunlight, avoid using citrus oils on the skin. These include Bergamot, Lemon, and Orange.