A word on safety
It is important to remember that therapeutic-grade essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts and should be used with reasonable care. Consulting with someone who has experience with essential oils will make your first experience with essential oils more enjoyable and rewarding. As you learn how to use essential oils through personal experience, share your knowledge with others in a safe and responsible way and encourage others to do the same. If you do not currently have a consultant you are working with, contact me and I can help you get started!
Safe Use Guidelines
Use only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils
Be sure to use only Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and follow all label warnings and instructions. Be sure to verify ingredients...not all essential oil brands have the same standard of quality and some oils are cut with synthetic ingredients!
If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil) to the affected area. DO NOT APPLY WATER! Water will increase irritation.
Essential oils should NOT be used in the eyes or inside the ear canal...avoid mucus membranes. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, dilute with vegetable oil NOT WATER!!! (Remember, oil and water don't mix...using water will only repel the oil and drive it deeper into the skin)
Do not consume an essential oil internally unless labeled GRAS with a Supplement Facts box citing specific dietary supplement, use instructions, and warnings.
Discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience severe skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.
When using on children, always dilute and apply a very small amount of the diluted oil to test skin or other sensitivity. Avoid using oil on a small child's hand as they may transfer to their eyes or mouth.
Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor's care or have other safety questions regarding essential oils.