Using Essential Oils can bring about many benefits, including improved circulation, the relief of minor ailments and an enhanced sense of relaxation and general wellbeing. As with any substance coming into contact with the body, however, there are some important guidelines that should be followed carefully to ensure your safety:
1. Where essential oils are being used for massage, they should always be diluted before applying to the skin; a suitable carrier oil can be used for this purpose.
2. Essential oils should never be taken internally.
3. Safety is particularly important if you are pregnant or suffer from a medical condition. In such cases, essential oils should only be used with the guidance and supervision of qualified aromatherapist.
4. As you would do with any other application to the skin; if you experience discomfort or irritation with a particular essential oil, stop using it! As a general safety precaution, it’s a very good idea to do a patch test on a small area of skin before trying out a new oil for the first time.
5. At the risk of stating the obvious, essential oils should not be put into your eyes! Should this happen by accident, rinse the eyes thoroughly with clean water. If irritation persists after rinsing, you should consult a medical practitioner.
6. You should always wash your hands thoroughly after handling undiluted essential oils. This safety tip can help to avoid unconscious rubbing of the eyes, leading to essential oils in the eyes!
7. If you are taking prescription medication, it’s always wise to check with your doctor before using essential oils.
8. Some essential oils (mainly those from the citrus family) can cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Sun safety should always be practiced, but you should take extra precautions to avoid sun exposure when using these oils.
9. Essential Oils are flammable; ensure your safety by giving due attention to this when handling and storing them.
10. Always do your research before attempting to use essential oils. If you are unsure of how to use the oils or are new to aromatherapy, it’s a very good idea to consult a qualified aromatherapist. Essential Oils and Children Around the home, essential oils should be treated as you would treat medications.
Safety is paramount and oils should always be kept out of the reach of children, preferably in a high, locked cupboard. Using essential oils with children is generally not recommended and should certainly never be undertaken without consulting a qualified aromatherapist. If your child suffers from a medical condition, you should also consult your doctor.
If a medical practitioner does give you the go‐ahead to use essential oils with a child, the oils should be used very sparingly; use the smallest amount of oil possible for your purposes. Never leave a child unattended with essential oils. As parents the world over will testify, you’re likely to come back to an empty bottle and a rather ill looking child! As with any accidentally ingested substance, should this happen, always consult a doctor.
With warmest blessings,