Safety & Storage Tips
Essential Oils are totally safe—when you know the basic safety guidelines, & use common sense! Here are some of the most important things to remember 🙂
-EO’s rich in menthol (peppermint, wintergreen, etc) should not be used on the throat or neck area of children under 18 months old.
-Citrus oils (lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, etc) are photosensitive meaning they may cause dark pigmentation of skin exposed to direct sunlight. Keep this in mind when you’re using citrus oils & you’re out in the sun!
–common sense is your friend never put EO’s directly in your eyes OR ears. If you accidentally get an oil in your eye, use a vegetable carrier oil like coconut oil to flush the essential oil. WATER WILL NOT MAKE IT BETTER, EO’s and water do not mix! EO’s are oil-soluble, not water-soluble. Water will only spread the EO over a larger surface, possibly worsening the problem. Don’t ask me how I know this 😉
-when in doubt, dilute, dilute, dilute
-Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should use extra caution with high ketone oils such as Basil, Rosemary, Sage, & Tansy Oils.
-Direct inhalation of essential oils is not recommended for those with asthma (responsibly using is not the same thing as direct inhalation)
-Those with allergies should test a small amount of oil on an area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the upper arm, for 30 minutes before applying the oil on other areas of the body.
-When adding oils to bath water, remember that EO’s are not water soluble and will float on the top of the water undiluted if a dispersing agent (like Epsom salt) isn’t used. If you plan to use more than 1-3 drops of EO, using bath salts or a bath gel base is recommended. When EOS’s are put directly into bath water without a dispersing agent, they can cause discomfort on sensitive skin. Generally, never use more than 10 drops of EO’s in one bath.
-When adding oils to your water to drink, it’s the same concept. I use pink a tiny pinch of salt as a dispersant!
- a storage tip! You want to keep your oils upright with the lid on when you’re not using them, & in a cool place.