Essential Oil Safety

Basic_Safety_Sign_LSince Essential Oils are the most concentrated and powerful of all the plant medicines, they have the greatest potential to heal but also to hurt.  When oils are distilled, they become very concentrated and not as bio-compatible with the human body.  Diluting the oils returns them to a form that our bodies can more readily use.  Some oils can be used undiluted (neet) but others should be diluted with a carrier oil.  Some oils, when used in combination,  have a synergistic effect enhancing their healing properties.  Less is more with Essential oils so start with one or two drops and go from there.  It is crucial to be sure that your essential oils are pure and un-adulterated.  Some companies cut their oils with chemicals and synthetics to make them go farther. This practice renders them toxic.  Young Living is a world leader in quality and purity and I trust their oils.

Ways to use oils safely:

1. Dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba,sesame,almond, coconut oil,or  V6.   There are many types of carrier oils.  Wintergreen and Birch should always be diluted as they are rapidly absorbed into the blood and can be toxic to children.  Don’t use peppermint on children under 18 months of age.  Bergamot and Angelica can cause photo-sensitivity.   Don’t go into the sun for 24 hours after applying these oils.

2. Put oils in a spray bottle with distilled water, alcohol, witch hazel, or Himalayan salt water to make a spritzer.

3. Add to massage oils.  Use in massage treatments to deepen relaxation and help muscles.

4. Add to water in a diffuser.   I like the ultrasonic diffusers. Never put essential oils in a candle burner or heat them.  Set the timer for 15 minutes on and 45 minutes off.

5. Boil some water in a pot and add a few drops of EO after you turn off the heat . Put a towel over your head and inhale. Be careful to not use strong oils for this.

6. Direct palm inhalation.  Add oils and carrier to your palm and rub together. Place your hands over your nose and inhale. Some oils can be use without dilution for this.

7. Apply oils to the bottom of your feet.  If you use the reflexology chart, it will show where to apply oils to help support certain organs.

8. Add oils to milk, rice milk or Epsom salts.  Add to your bath water.  Get in the tub and then add the oils to protect sensitive skin areas.

9. Make a body scrub with Epsom salts, Himalayan salt,carrier oil and essential oils.

10. Put oils on a cotton ball or gauze sponge and place them in your air vent in the car.

11. Never place essential oils in your ear canal. Never place essential oils in your eyes. If you get essential oils in your eyes, do not flush with water but use an organic vegetable oil to wash out the essential oil and then see an eye doctor if necessary.

12. Some clinicians recommend taking essential oils in a capsule or in milk or food. The food industry has been using essential oils for years as a preservative. Taking essential oils internally should only be done under the direction of someone knowledgeable. Always take them with food as some oils can cause gastric distress.

For more information on Essential Oil safety, check out Robert Tisserand’s book .

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