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Safty Information of Essential Oil

by on Jun.28, 2010, under Essential Oil

Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully. Implementing aromatherapy into your lifestyle shouldn’t cause paranoia or undue worry. By treating essential oils as medicines and following the steps outlined below, you will be well on your way to safely enjoying the many benefits that aromatherapy can offer.

These safety guidelines are not a complete safety reference for the proper use of essential oils. When in doubt, consult your physician and/or a qualified and trained aromatherapy practitioner.

Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. There are instances when experienced aromatherapy users and practitioners make exceptions to this precaution, but only once significant essential oil knowledge is gained should you ever attempt to apply an undiluted oil on the skin. Lavender and tea tree are listed by a large number of aromatherapy sources as being oils that can be used undiluted. Undiluted use of lavender and tea tree, however, should be avoided as severe sensitivity still could occur in some individuals. Again, the safest rule of thumb is to never use any essential oil undiluted.

Some oils can cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals. When using a new oil for the first time, do a skin patch on a small area of skin. Place a small amount of the diluted essential oil (never use essential oils undiluted on the skin) on the inside of your elbow and apply a bandage. Wait 24 hours to see if there is any form of reaction. Even if a particular essential oil is not known to cause irritation, this step should not be ignored. Even if an oil does not irritate you, it still can irritate someone else. It is important that you always keep that in mind.

Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by those with asthma, epilepsy, or with other health conditions.

Less IS More. When using essential oils, use the smallest amount of essential oils that will get the job done. If one drop will get the job done, for example, don’t use two drops.

Not all essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Wormood, pennyroyal, onion, camphor, horseradish, wintergreen, rue, bitter almond and sassafras are some of the essential oils that should only be used by qualified aromatherapy practitioners, if ever at all.

Never let children use essential oils without the presence of an adult knowledgeable about their use. Most essential oils smell wonderful and many essential oils such as citrus oils can smell like they are safe to drink. Keep your essential oils away from children. Treat the oils like medicines that are poison in unknowing hands.

Essential oils should not be taken internally. Essential oils should only be taken internally after receiving a detailed consultation and prescription from a trained and qualified aromatherapy practitioner.

Essential oils are flammable. Keep them out of the way of fire hazards.

  • Always read label cautions and warnings.
  • Never ingest essential oils.
  • Do not use oils directly on the skin. (Dilute with vegetable oils).
  • Keep essential oils away from the eyes and mucous membranes.
  • Please keep all essential oils out of reach of children and pets.
  • During pregnancy Please consult an experienced aromatherapist. Most advise using NO essential oils during the first trimester (3 months ).
  • Essential Oils should be stored away from harsh lighting or sun, in a cool dark area away from heat.
  • Do not leave uncapped, as they are highly volatile and evaporate easily.
  • May be refrigerated to extend shelf life.
  • Pregnancy: Take note of those oils that are contra-indicated in pregnancy.
  • Babies & Children: Use with care, in accordance with age Babies (0-12 months): Use 1 drop of lavender, rose, chamomile diluted in 10ml base oil for massage or bathing
  • Infants: (1-5 years) Use 2-3 drops of safe essential oils (non-toxic and non-irritant to the skin, diluted in 10ml base oil for massage or bathing.
  • Children: (6-12) Use as for adults, but in half the stated amounts.
  • Teenagers: Use as directed for adults.
  • *Articles refer to Aromaweb.


  • Always read label cautions and warnings.
  • Never ingest essential oils.
  • Do not use oils directly on the skin. (Dilute with vegetable oils).
  • Keep essential oils away from the eyes and mucous membranes.
  • Please keep all essential oils out of reach of children and pets.
  • During pregnancy Please consult an experienced aromatherapist. Most advise using NO essential oils during the first trimester (3 months ).
  • Essential Oils should be stored away from harsh lighting or sun, in a cool dark area away from heat.
  • Do not leave uncapped, as they are highly volatile and evaporate easily.
  • May be refrigerated to extend shelf life.
  • Disclaimer
  • Essential Oils are not intended for use in treatment for specific medical conditions. For treatment of health ailments, please seek diagnosis and recommendations from a licensed practitioner. Some Essential Oils are contraindicated during pregnancy. Please seek advice from your health care provider.
  • Safety Precautions:
  • Do not take essential oils internally. Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Safety Data: Always check with specific safety data before using a new oil, especially with regard to toxicity levels, phototoxicity, dermal irritation and sensitization.
  • Contra indications: Take note of any contra-indications when using oils.
  • Pregnancy: Take note of those oils that are contra-indicated in pregnancy.
  • Babies & Children: Use with care, in accordance with age Babies (0-12 months): Use 1 drop of lavender, rose, chamomile diluted in 10ml base oil for massage or bathing
  • Infants: (1-5 years) Use 2-3 drops of safe essential oils (non-toxic and non-irritant to the skin, diluted in 10ml base oil for massage or bathing.
  • Children: (6-12) Use as for adults, but in half the stated amounts.
  • Teenagers: Use as directed for adults.

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