Essential Oils Safety
Essential oils have been used for a long time. Many provide medicinal-like qualities. They are a much better option than synthetic fragrances. But it’s important to remember that these oils are powerful and potent. The most common oils are also many of the safest to use, which is great if you are new to essential oils. Nonetheless, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind as you use these oils in your products:
- Never take essential oils internally unless so advised by your medical practitioner.
- Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.
- Always dilute essential oils with a suitable carrier oil before applying it to the body.
- If you are pregnant, lactating or suffer from epilepsy, hypertension (high blood pressure), have cancer or liver damage, or any other medical condition, only use essential oils under guidance of a qualified aroma practitioner/aroma therapist.
- Use essential oils with great care on children.
- Take care not to get any essential oils into your eyes or on to any mucus membranes.
- Check for any interaction between medication and essential oils, since some essential oils can interfere with certain prescription medication.
- When using essential oils that photosensitive (like most citrus oils) people should take care to avoid exposure to the sun.
- People with sensitive skin should always perform a skin patch test before using untried essential oils.
Essential oils can be a lot of fun to experiment with and definitely add something to the mixture, but remember, a little goes a long way.