If you’re going to use essential oils, it’s very important that you know these Essential Oil Safety Tips. While essential oils are incredibly helpful for a variety of things, they are also very potent and have the potential to be harmful when not used correctly.
If you’re new to essential oils, it’s very important you take the time to learn how to use them safely and correctly.
Essential Oil Safety Tips
Important Essential Oil Safety Tips You Should Know
What is carrier oil?
You will see this term used a lot. A carrier oil is basically a vegetable oil (such as olive oil, coconut, or grapeseed oil) that is used to dilute certain essential oils. Some recipes will call for it and some essential oils are too strong to use without a carrier oil.
What is “hot oil”?
This term refers to oils that will feel hot or create a warming sensation on the skin when used. Some of these are Cinnamon, Oregano, Thyme, Lemongrass, and Thieves. Some people cannot tolerate the hot oils directly on their skin so you should always do a patch test first, applying a very small bit to a small area of skin and waiting to see how you respond to the reaction. If you get a rash or an intolerable burning sensation, use carrier oils with this oil to dilute it.
Sensitive Areas of the Body
Essential oils should not be used on sensitive areas like the eyes, genitals, or other mucous membranes. If you use the essential oil close to a sensitive area, it should be diluted.
How often can you use them?
Just because something is natural does not mean there are no dangers to using it too frequently. You should always follow the instructions for application on the label since it varies from oil to oil. Because they are potent, you should always start low, and then work your way up to using more if you’re not too sensitive to it. Usually, 1-2 drops a day will do. In some cases, 3-4 drops a day might work for some people, especially if you’ve already been using them for a while.
Some essential oils react to the UV rays of the sun so you should be careful if using them while planning to spend time in the sun. For example, citrus oils react to the sunlight and may create a sensitivity. Make sure any skin you expose to citrus oils directly does not come in contact with UV rays for 12-48 hours after application.
Are they safe to use on children?
Most essential oils are safe to use on children but may need to be diluted first. Again, always use the directions on the labeling and when in doubt, wait and ask an expert. Children are more sensitive to things and strong oils might be too much for them, even if diluted.
Being safe with essential oils is very important. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it can’t cause harm. That said, with the right safety tips in place, you and your family will find great value and comfort in your essential oils for years to come.