Essential Oils Safety
Essential oils come from nature, but are
more concentrated and powerful than intended.
How to Use and Store Essential Oils
Guidelines are important to follow when using essential oils, especially if you are unfamiliar with the oils and their benefits. Many guidelines are listed below and more specific guidelines can be found on individual product labels. However, no list of do’s and don’ts can ever replace common sense. It is foolish to dive headlong off a cliff when you do not know the depth of the water. The same is true when using essential oils. Start gradually and patiently find what works best for you and your family members.
How to Store Your Essential Oils:
- Always keep a bottle of pure vegetable oil (e.g., V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or more fragrant massage oils such as Sensation, Relaxation, Ortho Ease, or Ortho Sport) handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oil will dilute essential oils if the essential oils cause discomfort or skin irritation.
- Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.
- Keep essential oils out of the reach of children. Treat essential oils as you would any product for therapeutic use. Children love the oils and will often go through an entire bottle in a very short time. They want to give massages and do the same things they see you do.
Safety Tips When Using Essential Oils:
- Essential oils rich in menthol (such as Peppermint) should not be used on the throat or neck area of children under 18 months of age.
- Angelica, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, and other citrus oils are photosensitive and may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays within 1-2 days after application.
- Keep essential oils away from the eye area and never put them directly into ears. Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on your fingers. Even in minute amounts, many essential oils may damage contacts and will irritate eyes.
- Pregnant women should consult a healthcare professional when starting any type of health program. Oils are safe to use, but one needs to use common sense. Follow directions and dilute with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex until you become familiar with the oils you are using. Many pregnant women have said that they feel a very positive response from the unborn child when essential oils are applied on the skin, but that is each woman’s individual experience.
- Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult their healthcare professional before using essential oils. Use extra caution with high ketone essential oils such as Basil, Rosemary, Sage, and Tansy oils.
- People with allergies should test a small amount of essential oil on an area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the upper arm, for 30 minutes before applying essential oils on other areas of the body.
- The bottoms of the feet are safe locations to apply essential oils topically.
- Direct inhalation of essential oils can be a deep and intensive application method, particularly for respiratory congestion and illness. However, this method should not be used more than 10-15 times throughout the day without consulting a healthcare professional. Also, inhalation of essential oils is NOT recommended for those with asthmatic conditions.
- Before taking GRAS (Generally Accepted As Safe) essential oils internally, test your reactions by diluting 1 drop of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of an oil-soluble liquid like Blue Agave, Yacon Syrup, olive oil, coconut oil, or rice milk. If you intend to consume more than a few drops of diluted essential oil per day, we recommend first consulting a health professional.
- Be aware that reactions to essential oils, both topically and orally, can be delayed as long as 2-3 days.
- Add 1-3 drops of undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. If more essential oil is desired, mix the oil first into bath salts or a bath gel base before adding to the bath water. Generally never use more than 10 drops of essential oils in one bath. When essential oils are put directly into bath water without a dispersing agent, they can cause serious discomfort on sensitive skin because the essential oils tend to float, undiluted, on top of the water.