ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY
~ Do not apply essential oils neat or undiluted to the skin. The exceptions for many people are lavender and tea tree. However, because of everyone’s difference in body chemistry, oils affect us all differently. For some a drop of lavender away from the eyes and face and on the temples or on the back of the neck can be good for a headache. But it is not a good idea since there is rampant overuse in our industry. It is best to dilute all oils. The same holds true for tea tree, which can be used for insect bites, burns and acne. However if you have sensitive skin do a test on the inside of your wrist to see if it is okay. It is best to dilute in a carrier for most people and all oils are unsafe to use undiluted on children and babies.
~ Do not use essential oils on open sores or wounds.
~ Avoid contact with mucous membranes: eyes, ears, inner nose and throat.
~ Do not take essential oils internally unless they are recognized as safe, and if they are diluted with another fat,
and you have proper types of oils and instruction.
~ People with the following conditions should check with an aromatherapist or a qualified professional to check if they are safe and which dosages should be used:
~ Allergies or allergic reactions
~ Auto-immune diseases
~ Heart disease
~ High or low blood pressure
~ Sensitive skin
Photosensitivity: Take care with all citrus oils when you are in sunlight or exposed to ultravoiolet light. The most photosensitive oil is bergamot, which can be purchased bergaptene-free. Other photosensitive oils are: angelica, cumin, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange and most other members of the citrus family. Some conifers such as cedar-wood, fir, pine and spruce can also change the skins pigmentation.
Pregnancy: The best essential oils to use in pregnancy are mild oils such as roman chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, neroli, orange, petitgrain sur fleur, sandalwood, rose and ylang ylang. Avoid oils like angelica, anise, basil, cedar-wood, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, clove, cumin, fennel, hyssop, juniper, labdanum, marjoram, myrrh, pennyroyal, sage, thyme and wintergreen.
Children under 12 years of age: Test a diluted version on their inner arm before use. Use only gentle oils on babies up to 3 years old and children. For babies less than a year old to exercise caution it is wonderful to use hydrosols, floral waters or diffusers in their room. The best oils to use are roman chamomile, geranium, lavender, neroli, orange, petitgrain sur fleur, rose and ylang ylang. Avoid the same oils in the pregnancy precautions above. Take care to use only organic or non-sprayed oils and use the same adult precautions. For babies use 1 drop in 1 tablespoon of a carrier such as an unscented lotion, or base oils like jojoba or rose hip seed. Make sure you measure the drop in a spoon first in case more than one drop comes out. Because of the oriface reducer and the viscosity of the oils there is a good chance you will get more than one drop. For children 1 to 5 years old use 2 to 3 drops in a tablespoon. For children 6 to 12 years old use a 1% concentration of essential oils to base, or approximately 10 drops per ounce. Children over 12 use adult directions. Adults can use a 3% solution or higher depending on the product and the individual.