While essential oils have plenty of benefits, they must be handled appropriately. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances that can cause harm to the body if not used properly. If you have never used essential oils on your skin, it is advisable to perform a skin-patch test to check for any allergic reaction.
1. Always keep the bottles oil tightly closed and keep them out of reach of children.
2. Never put oils in your ears, eyes or nose.
3. Do not use essential oils undiluted on your skin. They contain very concentrated properties of the herb or plant they are derived from.
4. Do not expose skin that has had photosensitive oils applied to it
5. Certain essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy and while
6. Driving if using essential oils to scent the car, avoid those that could make you feel so relaxed you are in danger of losing concentration.
7. For people with epilepsy, the following essential oils should be avoided by those people prone to epileptic fits or those who may have a predisposition to epilepsy: fennel, hyssop, rosemary, sage, and wormwood.
8. It is recommended that people with high blood pressure avoid using the following essential oils: hyssop, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
9. People with kidney disease should avoid using fennel and juniper.
Protecting Your Oils
❖ Do not leave oils in extreme temperatures (hot cars, freezer, near windows)
❖ Do not place oils in direct sunlight
❖ Do not leave the lids off your oil bottles (this will speed up the oxidation causing the oil to lose its potency.)
❖ Do not boil or heat your oils in any way to distribute them aromatically. They will lose all therapeutic value.
Recommended Dilution Rates
❖ 0.5% – for people with sensitive skin, those with eczema & children under the age of 2
❖ 1% – children 2 – 6 years old, adults over 65, pregnant women (only with oils considered safe during pregnancy), for a full body massage and people with long-term health issues or immune system disorder.
❖ 2% – Most common dilution ~
❖ 3% – acute health concerns such as pain relief or cold & flu that are used for short periods of time and on small areas of the body and for body mists.
❖ 4 ~ 5 % – skin healing issues such as cuts (CAUTION), burns, sores and ulcers, insect repellent, hand sanitizer or when the blend will be used on small areas of the body such as perfume, roller balls, ointments & for a stronger body mist, or linen & room sprays.
Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Essential oils are volatile substances produced from various plant parts such as: seeds, leaves, fruits, flowers, resins, and woods. A certain oil is called "essential" in the sense that it holds the essence of the plant's fragrance and flavour from which it is obtained. These oils are mainly produced through distillation. They have therapeutic and healing properties which make them vital in aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is defined as the art and science of using aromatic plant compounds aimed to harmonize the physical body, mind and spirit. It is a type of alternative medicine that greatly uses varied essential oils to promote health & well being. It attempts to boost the body’s natural healing process by integrating the physiological, psychological and spiritual processes. Thereby attaining of what is called a “holistic” approach to healing or therapy.
Aromatherapy however, must be kept in mind that this form of cure to help ease medical conditions should be seen as complementary or alternative treatment to modern medicine. It is not a replacement of conventional medicine which employs the use of synthetic drugs and surgeries for treatment, unless so applied by a licensed medical practitioner.