Essential Oil Safety

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Topical Use

  • Avoid putting oils in your eyes and ears.
  • As you start using oils, it is best to dilute, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • When using a spicy or hot oil (i.e., oregano), always dilute.
  • Dilute when using oils for babies and children.

What if I get oil in my eye or it is uncomfortably warm on my skin?

Dilute with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil. Do NOT use water! Water will intensify and drive the oil deeper.

Oils and Sunlight

Certain citrus oils (lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, lime, cumin, and any blends containing these oils) can make skin photosensitive when applied before going out in UV rays. Do not apply citrus oils on skin that will be exposed to the sun 12-24 hours before going outside.

Oils and Prescriptions

If you are taking a medication that is very important to your well-being, it is best to consult with your doctor about using essential oils. Certain oils should not be used with medications. Wintergreen (and blends with it) should especially be avoided by those taking a blood thinner. Because most doctors will have limited knowledge about essential oils, it is best to seek out a holistic doctor.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Oils can be used safely during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, it is best to dilute for topical applications. And, because hormones are changing during this time, there are certain oils that are better to avoid because they can have an affect on your hormones. If you would like to learn more, I would love to point you to some great resources. Just let me know!