Body Energies

Do’s and Don’ts

DosAndDontsDo’s and Don’ts of Essential Oils

  1. Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using essential oils.
  2. Never use essential oils on infants and young children prior to five years old without first consulting a physician. Just as you would keep all drugs and medications out of reach of children, you should do the same with all essential oils.
  3. People with allergies, high blood pressure, and those prone to epileptic and other types of seizures should consult a physician prior to using any essential oil, especially peppermint, fennel, basil, birch, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, tarragon, hyssop, and Idaho tansy oils.
  4. Always keep a bottle of pure, preferably organic vegetable oil on hand as a dilution medium because therapeutic grade, organic oils can be potentially irritating to the skin and oils do not disperse in water.
  5. Always store essential oils in a cool dark place and ensure that the lids are tight fitting. When stored correctly, essential oils have a very long shelf life, some even last for years without losing their potency.
  6. Some essential oils are flammable when exposed to open flames, sparks, or electricity such as oils in the pine and citrus families, and peppermint.
  7. Never use essential oils near the eyes or put directly into ears. Some oils may be damaging to contact lenses, so never touch lenses immediately after using essential oils.
  8. Never ingest GRAS (generally regarded as safe) essential oils by themselves. Always use a carrier such as olive oil, honey, soy or rice milk.
  9. Never use essential oils directly in bath water. Always use a dispersing medium such as a plain all natural bath gel. Essential oils especially when warm can be immediately absorbed by the skin at a higher than normal rate causing a potential hormonal imbalance.
  10. If you have allergies or are susceptible to skin irritation, test a small area of skin with the essential oil first. It is best to always dilute essential oils with a carrier medium prior to using on the skin.
  11. Some essential oils are photosensitizing such as citrus oils, angelica, and bergamot and may cause a rash or dark splotches of pigment on the skin when exposed to direct sunlight within 3 or 4 days of use.
  12. One of the safest and most effective places to use essential oils is the bottom of the feet.
  13. When using essential oils start gradually and find out what is best for you.
  14. Some essential oils can react to the chemicals found in your body lotion, make-up, deodorant, household cleaning agents and preservatives in food. Therefore, always drink plenty of water when using essential oils. If you experience headaches, nausea or other symptoms of discomfort, it may be due to a natural detoxification process and you should discontinue use of the oil immediately and pursue an internal cleansing program under the supervision of a physician.
  15. If essential oils get in your eyes or irritate the skin, FLUSH immediately with VEGETABLE OIL not water. Water only spreads the irritation as essential oils are oil soluble not water soluble.
  16. If an infant or young child swallows an essential oil, immediately give a quality vegetable oil such as olive oil, or a mixture of milk, cream, yogurt or other safe, oil soluble liquid and call your local Poison Control Center if necessary. Some adults may also react to ingested oils as well. Follow the same procedures as you would with infants and children.