While essential oils have a number of benefits, they are also highly concentrated substances harmful to the body. Not only that, there are even essential oils that cause damage or staining to certain surfaces. If you use the aromatherapy with essential oils, it should relax you and not cause you undue worry. Thus, it is highly recommended that you learn more about essential oil safety.
Here are some of the safety guidelines for the proper use of these essential oils. If you are not sure of using these safety guidelines, then you have to consult a physician. You can also get more safety tips to follow if you talk with a well-trained and qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
The essential oils must never be used without diluting it first, especially when applied on the skin. Of course, there might be exceptions to this precaution but it would be good to just leave such exceptions in the hands of qualified aromatherapy practitioners. They have enough knowledge about essential oils so they can attempt on applying undiluted oil to the skin. Without significant knowledge on essential oil, then never forget this precaution. Using undiluted oil can cause severe skin sensitivity.
Some oils may cause sensitization and allergic reactions to some individuals even when they are already undiluted. If you are using an oil you have never tried before, it is essential that you do a skin patch test. Choose a conspicuous small spot to see if you get adverse reactions. The skin patch test should be easy to do.
There are essential oils that are phototoxic. Phototoxicity is when adverse reactions such as inflammation, skin reddening, and blistering occurs when exposed to the sun. You have to check the phototoxicity of the essential oil that you plan to use beforehand.
If the person has medical conditions, better check with the physician first before using essential oils. People with epilepsy and asthma are usually the ones discouraged from using certain essential oils. In addition, pregnant women are also recommended to stay away from using some essential oils.
The rule of thumb: less is always more. In using essential oils, it is highly recommended that you use only small amounts. You can usually do a lot with just one or two drops of essential oils. Remember that essential oils are heavily concentrated. Even if the essential oil dealers say that you can use the blend as much as you want, that should be discouraged. These dealers only say that because it will be more profitable for them if you finish up the blend faster. There is no need to use more oils than what you need for certain applications.
Not every essential oils in the market can be used for aromatherapy. Examples of those essential oils suitable for use only by highly qualified aromatherapy practitioners include wormwood, onion, camphor, pennyroyal, wintergreen, bitter almond, sassafras, rue, and horseradish, if ever they are really needed. There are other hazardous essential oils to stay away from.
Keep children away from the essential oils. If they must really handle essential oils, never let them do it without adult supervision. The essential oils may smell wonderful and even yummy but they are not safe. Children might accidentally taste or drink them. The essential oils should be stored in a place that children cannot reach.
Even if the essential oil can be taken orally, never do it without a doctor’s supervision. Oral intake of essential oils should only be carried out with the guidance of a highly qualified practitioner or physician. Never take it on your own, especially if you do not have adequate understanding and knowledge of the different risks and dosages for internal application.
Take note that essential oils are flammable substances. Thus, it is highly recommended that you keep them away from any fire hazards. Otherwise, you will end up causing a fire.
There are still a lot of safety precautions to take when handling, using, or diluting essential oils. It is only a given for you to know what these safety precautions are, especially when you plan to use essential oils on your own. It should not be difficult to find resources where you can get safety guidelines on the usage of essential oils nowadays.