Twelve Rules for Safety With Essential Oils

1. Keep them out of the reach of children. Consider them as you would any therapeutic product in your home.

2. Keep a bottle of vegetable oil handy. It will dilute an essential or slow down its rate of absorption if there should be any discomfort or skin irritation.

3. People with sensitive skin can use a patch test to determine if they would react to a particular oil. It is generally safe to apply essential oils to the soles of the feet even for people with sensitive skin.

4. Pregnant women should consult their healthcare professional before using essential oils. Those oils with hormonal qualities should probably be avoided during pregnancy.

5. Essential oils rich in phenols should be used with caution when applying to the skin. Sensitive areas such as the throat and eye should be avoided, as well as the tender skin of young children.

6. Keep essential oils away from the eye area where even the vapors can cause irritation. Do not handle contact lenses or rub the eyes with essential oils on your fingers. Oils with high phenol content can damage lenses and irritate eyes. If essential oils accidentally get in the eyes, poor vegetable oil in the eyes to stop the burning. Do not use water. Water will drive the oils and faster, increasing the burning sensation.

7. Essential oils maybe applied on or around the ears, but don't pour essential oils directly into the ears.

8. People with epilepsy, high blood pressure, or who are prone to convulsions should consult a healthcare professional before using essential oils. Hyssop, fennel, and wild tansy oils should probably be avoided in these cases.

9. Most commonly used essential oils have been designated by the FDA as being "generally regarded as safe" for oral usage. This designation is abbreviated as "GRAS." Before ingesting them, GRAS oils, maybe diluted with honey, milk, rice milk, olive oil, or other lipid dissolving liquid.

10. In using essential oils and bathwater, first add a dispersant, like a gel or liquid soap, to avoid concentrated droplets that can sometimes gravitate to sensitive areas of the body. There are ways to safely disperse oils and a bath given in most books on applied aromatherapy.

11. Some oils are phototoxic. When applied to the skin, avoid direct sunlight or the rays of tanning lamps for at least 12 hours afterwards.

12. Keep essential oils and tightly closed glass bottles away from light and cool places. Normal room temperatures were cool enough. In this way, they will maintain their balanced chemical composition and potency indefinitely.

All things considered, essential oils are among the safest of all therapeutic modalities and one that is safe enough or even amateurs and untrained users to apply was only a remote possibility of harm. Death or serious injury from proper use of essential oils is unheard of and nonexistent. Nevertheless, the more you know and understand about essential oils, the better and safer your results will be.

Remember that if you don't have exactly the right tool, use what you've got. Let God take care of the rest. He is used to working with imperfect instruments and can still achieve the desired results in spite of a handicap.