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Essential Oil Safety Guide
Jun 08, 2016

Those factors influence the safety of essential oils:

1.Chemical composition of the oil: Essential oils rich in aldehydes (e.g., citronellal, citral) and phenols (e.g., cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol) may cause skin reactions

2.Quality of essential oil being utilized: Adulterated essential oils increase the likelihood of an adverse response and hence the need for pure, authentic, and genuine essential oils is of the utmost importance.

3.Method of application: Essential oils may be applied on the skin (dermal application), inhaled, diffused or taken internally. Each of these methods have safety issues which need to be considered.

4. Dosage/dilution to be applied:  Most aromatherapy oil based blends will be between 1 and 5 percent dilutions, which typically does not represent a safety concern.

 5. Integrity of skin: Damaged, diseased, or inflamed skin is often more permeable to essential oils and may be more sensitive to dermal reactions. It is potentially dangerous to put undiluted essential oils on to damaged, diseased or inflamed skin. Under these circumstances the skin condition may be worsened, and larger amounts of oil than normal will be absorbed. 

6. Age of client:  Infants, toddlers, and young children are more sensitive to the potency of essential oils and safe dilutions include, some essential oils should simply be avoided for this population. Many essential oils are appropriate for use on children but should be diluted with a carrier oil prior to use. Some essential oil products come prediluted with carrier oil, as indicated on product labels, and are intended for direct application on children. You can dilute 1–2 drops of essential oil with a carrier oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet.

Some advices for using essential oil safely.

  • Do not use essential oils internally.

  • Do not apply directly to skin; always dilute with carrier oil.

  • Keep out of reach of children.

  • Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.

  • Do not use citrus oils before exposure to UV light.

  • Use only pure essential oils; avoid synthetic fragrances.

  • Do not use essential oils on infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly, or those with serious health problems, without advanced medical study.

  • Avoid prolonged exposure without ventilation.

  • Store essential oils and carrier oils properly to avoid degradation and rancidity.