Essential Oil Safety Posted on 27 May 15:59
Essential oils are natural oils extracted from plants and flowers. Even though they are extracted from natural materials many essential oils can cause you harm if used incorrectly. No matter how you are using them make sure you keep them away from you mouth, nose and eyes and never ingest them or use them in any way which may result in you ingesting them. Each oil is unique and different precautions will apply to each one so please take note of the information supplied on our website, on the bottle and consult a professional for advice on how to use them if you are unsure.
Information supplied about essential oils is often very general and you should seek specialist advice if you have any skin conditions, relevant allergies, if you are pregnant or if the oil is to be used on or by someone under 18.
Always store essential oils safely out of the reach of pets and children. If you are blending oils together and intend to store the mix in a separate container, then please don’t use a bottle that might be mistaken for containing something edible and make sure it is clearly labelled.
If you are using oils to consecrate items or a space be careful of accidentally coming into contact with them. You can reduce this risk by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil, such as olive, which will render most oils safe to the touch but will keep the fragrance and essence of the essential oil.
Be careful to thoroughly clean items which you will be handling later if you consecrate them with oils. Take extra care in the case of items which may be used for drinking or storing food/drink.
Use on Skin:
Although some oils are benign many can cause adverse reactions if used undiluted. Even when oils are correctly diluted reactions can still occur (although this is less likely). It is also possible to experience a reaction to an oil which has previously been used without issue.
One of the most common reactions is irritation in the area of application. Even if there is no immediate sign of a reaction it is still possible to damage your skin: Some oils cause photo-sensitivity, leading to an increased likelihood of damage by UV rays (including sunburn); Others can cause sensitisation which may not result in any sign of a reaction on the first application but will leave the user vulnerable to the oil thereafter.
If you think you have had any type of reaction to any oil then rinse the affected area well with fresh water, monitor the area for any signs of irritation and ask to your GP or pharmacist for advice.
Even when diluted keep the oil away from the eyes, mouth and any area that might be difficult to quickly and effectively wash in the case of a problem.
If you are using essential oils as a part of an alternative therapy please take a few minutes to read our post on complementary and alternative medicine.