Essential oils have been used for centuries for their health benefits but do not treat or cure disease. They support the systems of your body. Consider them similar to dietary supplements and like supplements always check with your doctor first.
The most common way to use essential oils is aromatically in a diffuser or inhaled directly from the bottle. Then there is a topical application which is an essential oil diluted with a carrier oil or through ingestion. Not all essential oils are safe in fact some essential oils can be very dangerous if not used correctly. Unless you under the guidance of a trained professional in essential oils avoid ingestion.
Yes, essential oils are natural but how do you know they are pure or unadulterated. Essential oils aren’t regulated. You don’t need to be afraid to use them. Using them the right way can help you in many ways including in personal care, household cleaning, insect repellant, etc.
Here are a few guidelines to follow…
- store oils in small dark bottles.
- store oils in a cool and dark place.
- keep oils out of reach of children and pets.
- avoid exposing oils to sunlight.
- oils should not be used undiluted on skin.
- follow oil dilution guidelines.
- always do a patch test for skin irritation.
- diffuse oils intermittently, 10 to 15 minutes with a half-hour break in -between.
- diffuse oils in a well-ventilated area.
- toss out old oils, most are only effective 2 to 3 years.
Essential oils to avoid but are not limited to…
Pregnant women and breastfeeding:
- fennel, clary sage, marjoram.
- tarragon, caraway, cinnamon.
- thuja, mugwort, birch, wintergreen.
- basil (estragole CT), camphor.
- hyssop, aniseed, sage, tansy.
- wormwood, parsley seed or leaf, pennyroyal.
Infants and children:
- eucalyptus, fennel, peppermint.
- rosemary, verbena, wintergreen.
- cinnamon, citrus (d-limonene).
- pennyroyal, peppermint, pine.
- sweet birch, tea tree, wintergreen.
Again, don’t be afraid to use essential oils just be aware of potential risks if not used the right way. Always check with your doctor first or with a registered certified aromatherapist.