Essential Oil Safety for New Essential Oil Users
New to essential oils and want to make sure you proceed with caution? We’ve got you covered with a few, easy basics to start you down the right path!
--First and very important…never use essential oils in your mouth, up your nose, in your ear canal, or on sensitive body parts. In case of accidental eye contact, DO NOT flush eyes with water. Flush with milk or cream first until the eyes stop burning and then you can flush the eyes with water to remove the milk.
--For safety reasons and for best results, you should dilute essential oils. Pure essential oils are concentrated so begin with small amounts and find what works best for you. Do a patch test first to check for skin irritation.
--To dilute essential oil, mix it with a carrier oil and then apply. Carrier oils are fatty oils that slow absorption and help carry essential oils onto the skin, allowing for even application. Examples of carrier oils are coconut, olive, jojoba or almond oil. There are dilution charts you can reference if you are uncertain where to start.
--If you have discomfort after applying an essential oil, apply more carrier oil right away and DO NOT flush with water.
--Always keep essential oils out of reach of animals and children. If you have a medical condition or are pregnant or nursing, always consult a medical professional before using essential oils.
--Essential oils are highly flammable. Never put them in direct contact with flames.
--When using citrus oils or other photosensitive essential oils, avoid direct sunlight and/or tanning beds for at least 12-24 hours, if not longer.
--Use caution and heavy dilution when using Oregano, Clove, Cinnamon, Thyme and Cassia essential oils. They can cause discomfort, blistering and/or feel hot on your skin. Do not use on sensitive or broken skin. Other oils that can cause discomfort are Peppermint, Fennel, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemongrass, Wintergreen, and Citrus Oils.
--And finally, a few other helpful tips: Always use glass when working with essential oils. Do not use plastic or styrofoam cups, as they will melt. When handling essential oils, do not touch your nail polish or your computer or cellphone keypads. The essential oils will erase the paint.
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