Respecting the power of essential oils
Updated: Jan 7, 2020
Drops of essential oils may be tiny, but they are mighty! In fact, they are one of nature's most powerful gifts.
When I first discovered essential oils, I couldn't get enough of them. I love natural things and was blown away by the benefits they could provide, without the side effects of just about everything else in my medicine cabinet. And they smelled soooo good -- not like artificial fragrances.
Luckily, I started using them carefully, but I had no idea that there were safety considerations. It used to be a rare thing to hear of anyone having a serious mishap with essential oils, but so many people are now using them, and choosing to take them internally, that stories of accidents are becoming more common, especially when it comes to children.
We care about you and your family and want you to be as safe as possible when using essential oils!
So, in case you don't know much about the safe use of essential oils, or you wouldn't mind a little refresher, here are a few things to bear in mind:
Keep essential oils out of the reach of children. They are naturally attracted to oils, especially the ones that smell delicious!
Get your oils from a trusted source so you know they are pure and not adulterated or synthetic. Earthsonnets is a great choice!
Essential oils are highly concentrated and very powerful. Most medical aromatherapy protocols suggest a dosage of only 1 to 3 drops, 1 to 3 times a day. A baby or small child's dose might be diluted to an even smaller amount. Oils can be misused and overused, so use good judgment!
Inhaling is often safer and just as effective as the topical use of an oil. But don't get carried away with that, either. :)
Dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, such as olive, almond, or coconut, before applying to the skin.
Do a "test patch" on your skin before trying out a new oil to make sure you don't have a sensitivity to it.
If you get an oil in the wrong place (the eyes, the mucous membranes of the nose, or other sensitive areas) dilute liberally with a carrier oil to help relieve the discomfort. Don't use water as it tends to amplify the effect of the oil instead of diluting.
Some oils are phototoxic and, when applied to the skin, will cause it to absorb more UV radiation at a faster rate. Do not expose skin where phototoxic oils have been applied to sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours.
If you are pregnant, make sure you don't use oils that are marked as unsafe for pregnancy. Blends are often safer than single oils during pregnancy, because of the smaller percentage of the stronger oils.
Even though the FDA lists some essential oils as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), they do not recommend ingesting these oils by themselves. The GRAS designation is intended for food additives (or preservatives). The oils listed as GRAS are considered "safe" only in commonly used amounts, sufficient to achieve the necessary effect as a food additive, which would be quite small.
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A short list of oils, of any brand, that shouldn't be ingested: Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir, Pine. I'm sure there are more. If you are determined to ingest oils, please do your own research and proceed carefully.