Essential Oil Safety
Precautions for use of Essential Oils
As wonderful as essential oils are for supporting good health, it is always advised take precautions and use them safely. Here are some guidelines for safe use. Refer to texts such as the Essential Oil Desk Reference for complete safety guidelines.
Avoid contact with the eye
The outer membrane of the eyeball can become irritated and you may feel a burning sensation if essential oils come in contact. Some essential oils are very active and seem to give off fumes which can irritate the eye. Keep all essential oils away from the eyeball.
Do not place into the ear canal
While it is acceptable to apple essential oils to the outer ear you must avoid dropping essential oils into the inner ear canal. The oils may come in contact with the ear drum and be very painful. The best choice is to apple essential oils to your finger and use the finger to spread the oil where the finger tip can access.
Avoid contact with sensitive membranes
Essential oils do not mix with water. When using essential oils in the bath be sure to use a dispersing agent such as epsom salts. Otherwise the essential oils will float on the bathwater and may come in contact with sensitive membranes when you enter the bath. Application of essential oils to the genitalia should be avoided.
Use Citrus Oils carefully
Citrus oils should not be applied to areas exposed to prolonged sunlight
Citrus oils such as lemon, orange, tangerine and grapefruit can cause a darkening of the skin and other discolorations of the skin. Make sure to check pre-blended oils for citrus oil content. Some essential oils that are derived from citrus sources may not have obvious names. For example, Bergamot and Petitgrain essential oils are derived from orange plants.
Apply to inner arm to test for sensitivity
If you have a fair complexion, have a history of allergic reactions or have any other concerns about reacting to essential oil topical application it is advisable to apply a small amount to a protected area to determine if there will be a reaction. Wait a minute or two for a tissue response.
Pure, unadulterated essential oils are less likely to elicit a skin reaction.
Dilute with vegetable oil.
Dilution of essential oils are often suggested as directed by the marketer on their bottle label. Dilution is also advisable when using essential oils with infants and young children or if your skin is sensitive.
Should essential oils accidentally get into your eye or cause an irritation to your skin use a vegetable oil to dilute. DO NOT FLUSH WITH WATER as the essential oil will be driven further into the tissues.
Do not flush with water in an emergency.
Flush with vegetable oil or mayonnaise in emergency situations.
Did we mention that water and essential oils do not mix? Use water or moist compresses to drive essential oils deeper into the tissue if desired.
Consult with your physician
If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using essential oils. There are many resources available to make an educated decision as to their use during pregnancy.
Keep out of reach of children.
Kids are naturally inquisitive and they love playing with things that smell good. Essential oils are a natural draw. The chances they will get the oils in their eye are pretty high. That is a good reason to keep essential oils out of reach. Supervised use of essential oils is advised.
Young Living has prepared a collection of essential oils especially for children. The oils have been diluted for proper strength and effectiveness.
Check sources before using on infants and very small children.
It is always recommended that you refer to authoritative books or consult with professionals before using essential oils on toddlers and infants.
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