Essential oils bring many benefits for everyday life. They are however, highly concentrated and powerful volatile oils and should be treated with respect and care. In Aromatherapy LESS IS BEST when using essential oils.
The suggestions below are general safety guidelines. Refer to our FAQ for further information. It is recommended to get advice from your health care practitioner or aromatherapist if you are unsure of how to use essential oils.
- Less is best. Using more essential oil drops will not speed up the desired response. Excessive use may cause dermal sensitisation.
- Ingestion. It is not recommended to take essential oils internally. If excess oil is ingested, do not induce vomiting. Drink a glass of milk and seek immediate medical attention.
- Dilute the oils. It is not recommended to apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin. Always dilute the oils before use in an unscented carrier oil or base product.
- Patch test. Not all essential oils are for everyone. Perform a patch test on a small area of the skin. Discontinue use if redness, irritation, itching or burning sensations occur.
- Dermal sensitisation. Some essential oils could cause irritation to the skin. If irritation occurs, wipe the area with unscented carrier oil as this will dilute the essential oil.
- Photosensitisation. Citrus oils, e.g., Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime are photo sensitisers – it can increase the risk of sunburn or cause blotchy patches on the skin.
- Do not apply any citrus oils before going outdoors. Wait at least 4 hours before exposing your skin to direct sunlight.
- Check contraindications. Check for contraindications. Discontinue use if you experience any reactions. If you have any concerns, check with a health practitioner.
- For the elderly, children and those recuperating. Use half the suggested drops of essential oils. For babies after 6 months only use 1 drop of selected essential oils diluted in carrier oil.
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding. Check with a health practitioner and aromatherapist before using any essential oils in pregnancy.
- Medication. Essential oils are not a substitute for any medication which have been prescribed by your medical physician. Do not stop treatments recommended to you by your medical practitioner.
- Storing essential oils. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Store essential oils in dark glass bottles tightly capped with dripulators and away from sunlight and excess heat.