Essential Oil Safety Tips You Should Know
It is important to remember that therapeutic-grade essential oils are highly-concentrated plant extracts and should be used with care. Essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. So one drop really packs a huge punch, are you prepared?
As you learn how to use essential oils through personal experience, you will become more comfortable with using them and determine what works best for you. Here are some essential oil safety tips to help you along your way.
7 Essential Oil Safety Tips:
- Be sure to use only 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. This is important because you want to make sure no harmful additives or fillers are in your oil. The point of using essential oils is to improve health right??? Know where your oil is sourced from and how it was made, research the brand if you need to, trust me you do not want any surprises.
- Do not use water if you have a reaction to an essential oil. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil, like fractionated coconut oil or olive oil, to the affected area. Water and oil do not mix, water will drive the essential oils further in (this is a BENEFIT when using essential oils with a moist compress).
- Keep out of eyes and ears. Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, dilute with vegetable oil NOT water.
- Do NOT consume an essential oil internally unless labeled as GRAS (generally recognized as safe, this label is assigned by FDA) and has a Supplement Facts box with specific dietary supplement, use instructions and warnings.
- When in doubt…dilute! Use carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil or olive oil, when applying topically to sensitive skin or young children. Diluting will also make your essential oils go further and last longer. Dilution of essential oils will not reduce the effects either! Fractionated coconut oil, when applied, it goes on evenly, dries fast and leaves no greasy feel on the skin. Discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience severe skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.
- Less is more. When using on children or people with sensitive skin, apply a very small amount of the oil and dilute essential oils as mentioned in point five. Application of essential oils on bottoms of feet is a perfect spot for kids and sensitive people, the soles have thick skin and less risk of irritation, but the benefits will still be achieved.
- Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor's care or have other safety questions regarding essential oils.
*The information provided here is not intended to cure, diagnose or treat medical conditions, nor is it a substitute for medical advice. Post may include affiliate links. See full disclaimer.
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