Essential Oil Safety

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Essential oil safety ... Essential oils can be an asset to your health, but on the other hand can be dangerous if certain precautions aren’t taken. Review the precautions below for a pleasant use of these wonderful oils.

• Buy the highest quality oil that you can find.

• Always dilute the oil. Seldom is an oil used undiluted.

• Use cotton swabs (Q-tip) or cotton ball to apply the oils because the hands will contaminate your pure oil. Bottle with dropper tops are available.

• Oils can mar surfaces, especially plastic so make sure lids are on tight and the bottles are wiped clean.

• Exercise etiquette. Some people may have allergies, asthma or may not like a fragrance that you do. Use in moderation in public and ask others if scents are agreeable to them or offensive.

• Label all you oils and keep out of reach of children.

• Recommended for topical use only.

• Do not use more than a recipe requires.

• Do not apply more often than what a recipe suggests.

• Immediately discontinue use if symptoms occur.


• Essential oils can be an asset to your health but on the other hand can be dangerous if certain precautions aren’t taken.

• Never use essential oils too close to the eyes. When handling the oils keep your hands away from your face, genitals or mucus membranes. Always wash your hands before and after working with the oils. If you get some in your eye don’t use water to wash it off as this will just disperse and spread the oil. Use a cotton ball moistened with sweet almond oil.

• Keep out of the reach of children. Pure oils can be toxic if ingested in large quantities.

• The use on babies is debated. Refer to Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth by Margaret Fawcett.

• Never use oils for anything other than simple home remedies with consulting with your doctor. Never change your medication without checking with your doctor.

Sun Exposure

Just as drugs can cause sun sensitivity so can essential oils. Examples of these oils include lemon, orange, and bergamot. Citrus oils can also cause an increase in skin pigmentation which is called hyperpigmentation.

Skin Sensitivity Test

You should always run this test to determine your body’s compatibility with unfamiliar oils. First, apply a few drops to the sole of your foot. Second, apply a few drops to the crook of your elbow. Wait a few minutes to see if irritation occurs. If it does immediately discontinue use.

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The information on is not offered for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease or disorder nor have any statements herein been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We strongly encourage you to discuss topics of concern with your health care provider.

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