Using Essential Oils
Essentail Oil Safety
The information contained throughout our website is for general information purposes only.
Always check suitability of any product before using if you have a medical condition, or taking any prescription medications, pregnant or breast feeding. Please read all product usage and safety instructions thoroughly.
NEVER apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin except in an emergency; for example to cuts, burns or insect bites,and this only applies to certain essential oils.A single drop of undiluted Lavender, Tea Tree or Chamomile Roman oil can be used to soothe and protect from infection - but you should only apply them neat once or twice.
Some individuals can become sensitised to neat Tea Tree oil if it is applied repeatedly.
Undiluted essential oils should be kept away from the eye areas.Keep essential oils out of reach of unattended children, pets.And avoid contact with clothes and polished surfaces.
And never, ever, use undiluted oils on children under the age of 3..
If you are pregnant you must seek the advice of your doctor, midwife or aromatherapist before using any essential oils. Once your doctor has given their approval they should be used only after the first trimester, and then at only a 1% concentrationon, half the normal strength. It is also a good idea to seek the advice of your supplier or qualified aromatherapist to ensure that the essential oils you want to use are not contraindicated during pregnancy.
Essential oils best avoided throughout your pregnancy include
• Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
• Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
• Sage (Salvia officinalis)
• Savin oil (Juniperus sabina) -
Essential oils should be used at a fraction of the usual concentration, and the correct procedure is to calculate the amount of essential oil to be used by the body-weight of the infant:
• 1 to 2 stones - 1 drop of essential oil
• 2 to 4 stones - 2 or 3 drops of essential oil
• 4 to 6 stones - 4 or 5 drops of essential oil
Normal recommendations for dilutions of essential oils
Some essential oils are mild lphoto sensitisingng and should be either avoided or really used at a low level prior to sunbathing or using a sunbed,and it is recommended that you avoid direct sunlight or sunbeds for up to 6 hours after use.
• Angelica root oil (Angelica archangelica)
• Bergamot oil expressed (Citrus aurantium ssp. bergamia)
• Bitter Orange oil (Citrus aurantium)
• Cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum)
• Lemon oil cold pressed (Citrus limonum)
• Lime oil expressed (Citrus aurantifolia)
• Tagette oil (Tagetes minuta) Irritants
Some essential oils can irritate the skin if used in too high a concentration or for a long period of time. The essential oils below represent the most commonly known among this group.
• Bay Leaf oil (Pimenta racemosa)
• Cinnamon bark oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
• Clove oils (stem, leaf, bud) Syzygium aromaticum
• Litsea Cubeba aka May Chang oil (Litsea cubeba)
• Origanum oil (Origanum vulgar)
• Tagette oil (Tagetes minuta)
• Thyme white and red oil (Thymus vulgaris)
• Use no more than 3 or 4 drops of citrus oils in the bath since some may irritate sensitive skin.
Some essential oils should not be used in aromatherapy due to the danger of toxicity, severe irritation, sensitisation or other serious health risk. Most responsible aromatherapy suppliers do not offer such oils, but those listed below do find their way onto the market(especially at very low prices on market places) and should only ever be used by those have undergone the necessary specialist training.
• Parsley herb oil (Petroselenium crispum)
• Pennyroyal oil (Mentha pulegium) • Savin oil (Juniperus sabina) • Tansy oil (Tanacetum vulgare)
• Wintergreen oil (Gaultheria procumbens)
• Wormwood oil (Artemisia absinthium)
Anyone who has history of epilepsy should avoid the essential oils below.and caution should be taken when using other essential oils,always check with your GP or health professional if you are unsure if any oil suitability.
Other medical complaints.
Hypertension (High Blood pressure)
Although essential oil and massage can help lower blood pressure there are some oils that should NOT be used.
Many essential oils are flammable, so never use or put your bottles of essential oil near a naked flame, fire, or any source of ignition.
If you are in any doubt always ask the aromatherapist or retailer you are purchasing from a bit more about the oil, for your own safety always ensure that you are not purchasing diluted or adulterated essential oils. Never be afraid to sk them what they base their claims on, and their experience.. an experienced aromatherapist will be able to answer your questions clearly and with knowledge, and if any oil is unlikely to help or is not suitable…a good aromatherapist wont pressure you to buy it !
If you are unsure of any product or need further advice please feel free to contact us.