Infographic: How to use Essential Oils Safely
Mother Nature has given us a wonderful legacy with her essential oils. They are very strong and effective when used correctly.
- Buy from companies that provide directions for use on the label.
- Carrier oils can be used to dilute your essential oils. Some are coconut, olive, grapeseed, Vitamin E oil, and some vegetable oils. This ensures that when the oils are applied to your skin they will be smooth and comfortable. The essential oils are not diluted with carrier oils. The full benefit is there and if you want them diluted with carrier oils, you can do it as you want it.
- Do not use oils with petroleum products that can be mineral oil, petroleum jelly baby oil, vegetable shortening, butter, or margarine. These are not carrier oils.
- Before using oils on your skin do a patch test in a small area on your arm. Some oils for example clove, cinnamon, lemongrass, thyme, oregano, and peppermint can have a cool or hot sensation that people do not like or are sensitive to.
- For a patch test put one or two drops of the oils on your lower arm. Wait a few hours to see if there is any effect that should appear within 5 to 10 minutes. If you feel cool, hot or have a rash, use a carrier oil to alleviate this condition the next time you use the oil.
- When you have any discomfort on your skin, discontinue using the oil. Carrier oils mixed with the essential oil should work to alleviate this problem.
- If you get essential oils in your eye, see your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) immediately.
- Never use water to flush the eyes and skin sensitivities. Water makes it worse.
- Do not use essential oils at the ears, eyes, mucous membranes around lips and nose, or the genital area.
- Essential oils at sensitive areas can be diluted with 5 to 10 drops of carrier oil. Some essential oil companies offer carrier oils.
- If you are a newbie to essential oils, start out slowly with a few drops and increase the amount over time.
- If you are pregnant or nursing, check with your healthcare provider, pharmacist, or aromatherapist before using essential oils.
- Babies and youngsters can use some essential oils and they should be diluted with carrier oils. Rub baby’s feet and be sure you purchase oils made specifically for children to be safe.
- Some citrus oils have components that can react to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. This photosensitivity might cause a reaction for you. Be sure to read the labels where UV rays are indicated for the product (photosensitivity) and stay out of the sun.
- If you take prescription medicines, be sure to check with an aromatherapist, a pharmacist, or healthcare provider for contraindications. Some drugs can interact with essential oils.
Those listed ways are really helpful to a lot of people when they wonder how to use essential oils safely. If you are a fan of essential oils, do not forget to note down these tips.