I love essential oils. I love lavender on my feet and legs at night to help me sleep. I love peppermint on the back of my stiff neck. I love eucalyptus to un-stuff my sinuses. Essential oils have an infinite number of possibilities, but it is SO important to use them correctly. As a nurse, I feel it is very important to talk about essential oil safety. I’ve put together a list of fundamental information to help you understand the basic dos and don’ts of essential oils.
-NEVER, never use essential oils undiluted on the skin. Lavender and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oil are said to be harmless when used “neat” or undiluted, but please, play it safe and always mix with carrier oil especially when using for the first time or applying to children.
-EOs (essential oils) can cause allergic reactions. An allergic reaction can occur at any time, even if you’ve used the product for years.
-When applying EO, avoid the eyes, mouth and private parts.
Essential Oils are flammable.
-NEVER take essential oils internally. You will probably hear about people taking EO capsules. Don’t do it! They are much too potent. Oils go on the skin.
-Do not stop taking your medications because you are using Essential Oils instead.
-Some EOs should be avoided during pregnancy, or by people with asthma, epilepsy, or other health conditions.
-Always research indications, dosage and side effects before using new oil, then use the smallest effective dosage.
Avoid these oils during pregnancy: aniseed, basil, bay, caraway, cardamon, carrot, celery, cinnamon, cumin, dill, ginger, hyssop, juniper, marjoram, nutmeg, parsley, rosemary, safflower, sage, spearmint, thyme and yarrow.
Essential Oils that are safe, in small amounts, during pregnancy: bergamot, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine, tea tree, and ylang-ylang.
Those with epilepsy should avoid basil, eucalyptus, hyssop, rosemary, and sage.
I’m excited to share essential oils and aromatherapy with you. It’s a large subject. The more I learn, the more I want to know. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.