The highest quality pure therapeutic grade essential oils can be used safely by your family for a variety of wellness applications.
However, there are several safety guidelines that you should follow when using essential oils and essential oil products.
- Be sure to use only 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions.
- One drop of essential oil is all you need for topical use for an adult. For children just use a fraction of a drop. Some use what we call a pinky swish and swipe their pinky across the top of the bottle or dip a toothpick in the bottle.
- The majority of essential oils should be diluted for topical use. The bottle will be labeled with the proper dilution ration. For infants and children essential oils should be diluted except for a few exceptions. Some essential oils are quite ‘hot’. ‘Hot’ is a term we use for an oil that naturally irritates the skin. Some oils like oregano can irritate the skin enough that it can actually cause blisters and others can just feel warm or uncomfortable on the skin. Hot oils should always be diluted even if you apply them and you don’t feel like you have a reaction. Sometimes damage could be happening that isn’t visible. Remember it is very important to follow the packaging directions. Failure to dilute properly can result in nasty reactions and a hypersensitivity to essential oils.
- If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area. Continue to apply the oil until the irritation diminishes.
- Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in the nasal cavity. Use caution in open wounds. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, dilute with vegetable oil NOT water.
- Do NOT consume an essential oil internally unless labeled with a Supplement Facts box with specific dietary supplement use instructions and warnings. Up to three drops is considered safe for internal use. Typically internal use is for internal body system supports including immune support. Please keep in mind, internal use is a personal preference. If you are not comfortable with using essential oils internally don’t feel pressured to do so. Topical use is just as effective. Do NOT use essential oils internally for infants or small children.
- Discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience severe skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.
- When using on children, apply a very small amount of oil to test skin or other sensitivity. Do not use oil on a child’s hand as they may transfer to their eyes or mouth. Use care to make sure oil is covered so it isn’t transferred to more sensitive areas. A popular place to apply essential oils on infants and small children is the bottom of the feet. Do not apply essential oils on an infant or small child’s face.
It is important to remember that therapeutic-grade essential oils are highly-concentrated plant extracts and should be used with reasonable care. Consulting with someone who has experience with essential oils will make your first experience with essential oils more enjoyable and rewarding. As you learn how to use essential oils through personal experience, share your knowledge with others in a safe and responsible way and encourage others to do the same.
Warning: The information on the internet can be overwhelming. There are many many recipes on pinterest, facebook, blogs and websites. Just because a recipe is available does not mean it is safe. Recipes for roller balls should be no more than 50 drops in a large roller ball. If the oils contained are hot or especially powerful that number should be reduced. The most common safe combinations are about 30 drops and the rest Fractionated Coconut Oil.