Stevi White, our guest blogger, is a consultant with Young Living and has been kind enough to come up with some really good information about the use and proper storage of essential oils. If you are considering using essential oils, be sure to read this one!
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Safety Precautions of Essential Oils
- Use 100% pure aromatherapy essential oils derived from plants. Donâ€™t use synthetic oils made in laborites. Appropriate oils are usually labeled aromatherapy grade or therapeutic grade as well as 100% pure. Stay AWAY from oils that are labeled fragrance or nature identical oils, these are synthetic, have no therapeutic properties, and should never be used in aromatherapy.
- Do not apply Essential Oils (EO) on broken or inflamed skin
- Keep EO out of reach of animals and children
- Avoid using ES in the eyes, ears, mouth, and nose. If you accidentally get oils in your eyes, flush immediately with whole milk, cream or vegetable oil. DO NOT use water. EO are oil soluble NOT water soluble.
- Some EO can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you are using EO for the 1st time, does a patch test first to see if you are allergic or not. To do this, apply 1-2 drops of EO diluted with a carrier oil (or Young Livingâ€™s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex), inside the arm or elbow. If area turns red, starts itching, or gets irritated, wash off immediately and DO NOT use. If no irritations occur within 24 hours, itâ€™s generally safe to use.
- In case of accidental ingestion of essential oils, obtain IMMEDIATE medical assistance.
- EO are volatile liquids which makes them evaporate rapidly when they come to contact with air. They MUST be kept in airtight bottles and place the lids immediately after each use.
- Use EO in small amounts, a small amount goes along way. Â
- Prices on the oils vary greatly because, some of the oils cost more to produce.
- Donâ€™t get overwhelmed with the essential oils. DO YOUR RESEARCH and test and keep what works for you. What one oil that may work for one person, may not work for you. You may find a different oil that works better (has same benefits), and that is okay. Everyone is different.
- Pay attention to all warnings and the instructions on the labels.Â
Proper Storage of the Essential Oils
- Store in a tightly closed, dark or opaque glass jar.
- Keep away from heat, moisture and direct light
- Open bottles ONLY for use and then close again as soon as possible.
- DO NOT refrigerate, keep them at room temperature (cool, BUT NOT COLD)
- The shelf life of most essential oils is about 12 -18 months (when properly stored)
- Citrus Oils and Juniper Oils generally have a life of about 6 months (when properly stored)
Other Ways to Use Essential Oils
- Room spray
- Foot soak
- Body scrub
- Home cleaning
- Skin moisturizer
- Facial cleanser
- Bug repellant
- Massage oil
- Oral hygiene