Essential Oil Safety

Here are a few basic essential oil safety tips

 

  • Always dilute essential oils before use. Many essential oils may cause burns and excessive irritation when used neat. There are a couple of exceptions. For example, occasionally you can apply 1 drop of neat lavender or tea tree onto a pimple, insect sting or small cut using a cotton bud. Always dilute though when applying on children.
  • Do not take essential oils internally. Unless you or the aromatherapy practitioner are properly trained in the safety issues of internal uses of essential oils, it is best avoided.
  • Try to vary the essential oils that you use on a regular basis. This can help to avoid developing sensitivites to your most used essential oils.
  • When it comes to using your essential oils, try to remember that less is more. Essential oils are highly potent and sometimes just 1 drop will do.
  • Keep essential oils away from children and pets.
  • If diffusing essential oils when your pets are around, always make sure that you have adequate ventilation and that your furry friend can leave the room easily.
  • For more helpful safety information, visit The National Association Of Holistic Aromatherapy at  http://www.naha.org.