Essential oils have many benefits; however, it’s important to remember that they are highly concentrated. When applying oils, make sure you’re applying with care. As you continue to learn how to use essential oils, here are some safety tips you can follow:
Read Labels and Purchase High Quality
Make sure you are purchasing your essential oils from a reliable and trustworthy brand. The point of using your essential oils are for the health benefits, so make sure you know where your oils are coming from and how they were made.
Once you receive your oils, always read the labels, and pay attention to any warnings on the packaging.
Avoid These Areas
Essential oils are safe for the skin, but there are some areas you should avoid reducing the chances of irritation. Always avoid placing essential oils in the nose, inner ears, eyes, broken skin, or other sensitive areas. If you experience any discomfort or irritation, discontinue the use of that oil.
Diluting Your Oils
To help minimize skin sensitivity, dilute your oils using a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Although you may think that diluting your oils will “water them down,” it will do the opposite. By diluting your essential oils, it will allow them to go further and last longer. Plus, diluting will not reduce the benefits of your oils.
Keep Your Essential Oils in a Safe Spot
Always keep your essential oils in a safe place. Although essential oils are safe for children to use, you’ll want to make sure that they are out of their reach. Because children have more delicate skin, oils usually need to be diluted before applying to the skin.
You’ll also want to keep your oils out of excessive light or heat. Too much light or heat can alter the chemical properties of essential oil. Try storing oils on the top shelf of your bathroom cabinet.
Contact Your Healthcare Professional If You’re Unsure About Using Essential Oils
Before using essential oils, you can always contact your physician to find the best oils for you to use. If you are pregnant/lactating, epileptic, diabetic, undergoing cancer treatment, on blood thinners, or under a doctor’s care, always make sure you are consulting a professional before using oil.