Using Essential Oils Safely
Understanding Essential Oil Safety only comes by study and long years of use. It does not come by taking a weekend course in how to sell essential oils. Unfortunately in this day and age of instant information, the idea of using essential oils safely is being sacrificed on the alter of money and profits, as mlm sales reps and "wellness advocates" recommend any usage to increase sales.
Avoiding bad usage advice is serious business and a necessity if you don't want to hurt yourself, your family or your friends and loved ones. Before you go recommending (which in most cases, unless you are a certified aromatherapist you shouldn't be doing anyway) an oil to treat something, you need to understand aromatherapy safety.
Basic Safety Guidelines
Over the decades certain basic essential oil safety guidelines have been set by and for those in the aromatherapy industry. From educators, to chemists, to professional aromatherapists all have come to recognize and work to establish safe essential oil use guidelines. You can find in-depth information at any of the Essential Oil Safety Sources links. However, a quick list of do's and don'ts will get you started:
- Dilute essential oils before applying to skin
- Educate yourself about reactions
- Understand contraindications
- Learn which oils should not be used when pregnant, lactating or on young children
- Respect essential oils
- Consult a professional rather than taking the word of a sales rep on how to use oils
- Understand one can be allergic to an essential oil.
- Understand there is no such thing "detoxing" caused by essential oils...that is an allergic reaction.
- Call poison control if your child ingests an essential oil
- Use quality pure essential oils
- Ingest essential oils by mixing in water
- Ingest essential oils unless guided by a professional aromatherapist
- Apply essential oils neat to skin
- Use essential oils near or in the eyes or in the ears
- Use certain essential oils on children under 2
- Continue using oils to treat an allergic reaction to another essential oil
- Use essential oils on or in mucus membranes (vagina, rectum, mouth, eyes, ears, nose)
- Use essential oils, especially citrus oils, on or around your cats.
- Overuse essential oils; it is possible to develop permanent sensitization to an essential oil
Essential Oil Safety Memes
Ingesting Essential Oils - Safe or Not
Essential Oils and Safe/Unsafe Topical Applications
Check out: Cat and Essential Oils Warning