Safe Use of essential oils
Although Essential Oils are harmless in most cases, but they are concentrated substances and it is important to follow the safety guidelines when use Essential Oils. Avoid to take Essential Oils internally, except they are prescribed by experiences therapist. Some Oils are toxic when ingested. For example, wild Tansy contains thujone, which can not be taken internally.
Do not use citrus Oils when expose to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light. Citrus oils, such as Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Mandarin, Bergamot, Angelica, etc., are photosensitive and may cause a rash or pigmentation. Apply 1 to 2 drops of diluted oil to see how your skin responds.
Never apply Essential oils directly to eyes or ears. Apply only around the opening and always diluted. Spice, Conifer, and Citrus oils can be caustic to the skin. Spice oils include: Nutmeg, Ginger, Pepper, Basil, Cinnamon, Marjoram and Thyme. Conifer Oils include: Juniper, Spruce, Pine and Birch. Particular care should be exercised with Cinnamon, Lemongrass, Oregano, and thyme, as they are some of the strongest and most caustic. Always dilute these oils before use. Do not add more than 3 drops of these oils in the bath.When pregnant, avoid: Clary Sage, Sage and Fennel, which have active constituents with hormone-like activity.
For babies and children,always dilute 1 to 2 drops with 1 tsp. Of Vegetable Oil. For babies 0-12 month, use only 1 drop of Lavender, Rose, or Chamomile, diluted in 1 tsp. Of Vegetable Oil for massage or bathing (please, do not use other oils). For infants 1-5 years old, only use non-toxic and non-caustic oils. For children 6-12 years old, use as for adults, but in half of the recommended concentration. Should a child swallow an Oil, give the child Milk, cream, or any other soluble liquid to dilute the oil and call local poison control center to seek immediate emergency medical attention. Oils should be kept away from children!
If the skin becomes irritated or if oils gets into the eyes, immediately flush with Vegetable Oil. Call health care Practitioner. You may use water, but this may cause considerable discomfort, as water drives the oils deeper into skin.
Take extra caution if you wear contact lens. Essential Oils with high phenol content, such as Cinnamon, Oregano, Thyme, Thieves, Clove, Lemongrass, Bergamot, etc., may damage the surface of the contact lens.
Do not mix blends. Essential Oil blends are specific in their formulation; and by mixing them, you may change the aroma as well as the benefit desired. You may add a single oil to a blend or combine various single oils. Avoid using of following Essential Oils in cases of high Blood Pressure: Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.
Avoid using of following Essential Oils in cases of Epilepsy: Fennel, Hyssop, Rosemary and Sage.
Alcohol. Clary Sage should not be used in any form within a few hours (before or after) of drinking alcohol. It can cause nausea and exaggerated drunkenness
Homeopathic Treatment is not compatible with following oils, due to their strength: Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Black Pepper.
Detoxification Problems. Some people have reported that when applying too many different oils or too much of one oil, the body may be subjected to a cleansing response, which can cause headaches, rashes, nausea, burning, diarrhea, etc. Toxins stored in the body may also be released through the skin, especially on the face and neck area. Should this occur, simply reduce the amount of oils used and the number of times applied and drink plenty of purified water.
Essential Oils storage. If Oils stored properly, they will maintain their maximum potency for many years. The amber bottles are specifically selected for this reason.