Essential oil safety is really just good old-fashioned common sense. Here’s the low-down:
💧Read the label and use only as directed by the manufacturer.
💧Avoid the use of oils around sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, nose and genitals.
💧Children can be taught to use essential oils safely when they’re supervised to apply correctly diluted oils in an appropriate manner, but where this is not the case, we need to keep them out of reach of children.
💧For topical application, do a spot test prior to more extensive use. If you experience a reaction, dilute with a carrier oil. Remember, water won’t help.
💧Don’t use oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) on the upper body of a child under the age of 3.
💧Avoid the use of citrus oils before going out in the sun, as they can increase sensitivity to UV.
💧Many oils are safe and beneficial for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding but in these instances or in the case of any medical conditions, it is recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice of a professional who is experienced in essential oil usage (for example a naturopath or qualified aromatherapist).
💧A good rule of thumb for oils is that “less is more”. Because essential oils are so potent, a little goes a long way and you really don’t need much to have an impact. Start with just a drop or two.
Just a couple of extra points that I want to mention.
Start small. When starting out, especially with diffusing, just use 1-2 drops in the diffuser. You can add more as your body becomes accustomed to the scents and the affect they can have on your mood, emotions and focus.
Remember, not all oils are created equal and the quality of your essential oils will have a big impact on the level of benefit you receive from them. Learn more about why we use Young Living oils HERE.