Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

Be sure to use only 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions.

It is important to remember that  pure therapeutic grade essential oils are very potent  and that each person will react differently to the oils, depending on their  age, weight and health.   Start by using just one drop and slowly increase until the desired effect has been achieved.

Consult your physician/doctor before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care or if you have other safety questions regarding essential oils.

Essential oils should  not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal or nose.  In the event of accidental contact with the eyes, dilute with vegetable oil NOT water.   Avoid using essential oils on a baby or young child’s hands, as they may transfer the oil to their eyes or mouth.

When using an essential oil for the first time, I recommend that you do a small skin patch test.  Dilute one drop in 5 ml of carrier oil and apply to a non-sensitive area to see if there is any sort of reaction. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area.   You can then increase or decrease the amount of oil used, dependent on the result.

Some essential oils are known as  hot oils, these include Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano and Thyme.  When using these essential oils, I always recommend that you  heavily dilute them to avoid skin irritation.  Other essential oils that  may cause some skin irritation include Black Pepper, Citrus Oils, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppermint and Wintergreen.

Citrus Oils contain photosensitizers  that shorten the time it takes to get sunburnt when applied to the skin.  Therefore, I recommend that you avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after using citrus oils on the skin.

Do not consume an essential oil internally unless there is a supplement facts or for flavouring on label with specific dietary supplement use instructions and warnings. Also follow guidelines for Internal application which I shared last week. Arborvitae, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, White Fir or Wintergreen are not recommended for internal use.   If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have liver or immune issues, please talk with your health care provider before using internally.

Remember that essential oils and water do not mix, when adding essential oils to your drinking water, make sure you either stir or shake the bottle of water before drinking to disperse the oils.  Do not store in plastic bottles, only use glass or stainless steel water containers.

Discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience severe skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.

Essential oils can be flammable, so keep away from heat sources and keep out of reach of babies and children.

Take care for now,

Dawn 🌿🌸🌿

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