Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Safety Tips
- Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children. If your child drinks a large amount of essential oils (several spoonfuls) contact poison control.
- It is best to be cautious when using essential oils with children under the age of 10, and especially under the age of 5. Special dilution rates do apply.
- It is best practice to make sure that ALL essential oils are diluted before being used topically. Undiluted essential oils can cause skin irritation. Please be aware that essential oils do not dissolve in water and should be mixed with a carrier oil like olive, almond or jojoba oil. You may also dilute essential oils in bath salts, salves, or soaps. It is recommended for individuals with sensitive skin or to always patch test a small area of the skin before applying oils in large quantities to your body.
- Avoid prolonged use of the same essential oil or essential oil blends. It is best to let your body take a break on a routine basis.
- Essential oils should not be taken internally. Even though essential oils are used internally in many countries throughout the globe it doesn’t mean they are safe to be taken internally by everyone. Using essential oils internally requires a proper understanding of what is appropriate and what best suits the individual in need. If you choose to take them internally, make sure you are working with a trained aromatherapist in this area. Knowing the essential oils chemistry as well as an individuals anatomy and physiology is vital in understanding which oils are safe for them.
- Avoid using essential oils during pregnancy and nursing unless you are aware of their safety and their specific precautions. Some essential oils may be too stimulating and can transfer to breast milk.
- Many essential oils are photosensitive. If you are using them on your skin avoid exposure to direct sunlight or tanning beds for 24 hours.
- If you have a serious health conditions or are asthmatic, use caution when using essential oils unless you are familiar with that particular oils safety and precautions.
- If you get essential oils in your eyes, flush your eyes immediately with a fatty oil or milk.
Many individuals are curious about using essential oils with their animals. Here is a link to an article I found on the NAHA website discussing Animal Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Use.
References: Jennifer Hochell; Aromatherapy for Body Mind and Soul by Larissa Jones; Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand