What You Need to Know About Using Essential Oils Safely
Essential oils don’t mix with water.
When you make a mister (spritzer), you must shake the blend every time prior to use to assist the oils to the better disperse into the water.
When applying oils to the skin, they must be mixed with a carrier oil or cosmetic nut butter.
When using essential oils in the bath, they must first be mixed in a carrier oil or a bath gel.
Sensitive and allergic persons require caution when using essential oils. Test diluted oils safely on the bottoms of the feet.
Certain oils may cause phototoxicity. This means exposure to the sun or tanning lights should be avoided for a minimum of up to 4 hours following application to the skin. Such oils are as follows: Bergamot, Lime, Tagetes, Cumin, Angelica Root, Bitter Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit
FIRST AID: Some essential oils are highly irritating to the skin and can cause skin reactions should they come in contact with the skin in undiluted form. When we work with essential oils, we often don’t realize we have them on our hands until we wipe our face and eyes.
EYE – apply fractionated coconut oil (olive oil or whatever is handy) to a Q-tip and touch it to the inner area of the eye nearest the nose. Hold the Q-tip in place – it will draw the essential oil to the Q-tip as essential oils are oil loving rather than water loving. Repeat until symptoms resolve.
SKIN - apply olive oil to the area with a paper towel (or other carrier oil - vegetable cooking oil works – whatever is handy); wipe, remove and repeat until symptoms resolve.
KEYNOTE: Putting water on an essential oil ‘spill’ is kind of like putting water on an electrical fire – it only makes it worse, spreading the oils onto a larger surface area!
In most situations, essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin undiluted or come in contact with the mucous membranes, unless directed by a trained aromatherapist (two exceptions are high quality, organic lavender and tea tree essential oils). Essential oils that should never be taken internally or applied to the mucous membranes undiluted. The following oils are particularly harmful when applied directly to the skin: Oregano, Clove leaf, Clove bud, Savory, Thyme ct Thymol and Carvacrol
Store essential oils out of reach of children
Do not apply oils with a high menthol content (especially peppermint oil) near the neck, throat, or head of children under the age of 30 months. This chemical component can cause bronchospasm in young children, which can be a medical emergency.
Essential oils should not be taken internally unless directed by a qualified health professional.
Use of essential oils during pregnancy should be done under the direction of a qualified and trained health professional.