- 5 Steps of Safe Essential Oil Use
5 Steps of Safe Essential Oil Use
1. Dilute Strong Essential Oils
Keep a bottle of Young Living’s V-6 Mixing Oil, Massage Oil Base or any pure vegetable oil such as coconut oil handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.
Never try to dilute an essential oil with water! Always use a vegetable based oil.
2. Where to Apply
Do not use essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) on the throat or neck area of children under 6 years of age. Keep essential oils away from eye area and do not put into ears.
Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on fingers. Essential oils with high phenol content – oregano, helichrysum, cinnamon, thyme, clove. Lemongrass, bergamot, Thieves and ImmuPower, may damage contacts and irritate eyes.
Never add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Use Young Living’s Bath Gel Base as a dispersing agent for oils in the bath.
The soles of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.
3. Taking Internally
Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) essential oils internally, always dilute with an oil-soluble liquid like honey, olive oil, rice or goat milk.
4. Other Health Issues
Pregnant women should consult their health care professional before using essential oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity, such as clary sage, sage, tansy, juniper and fennel.
Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult their health care professional before using essential oils – and – avoid using hyssop, fennel and Idaho Tansy oils.
People with allergies should test a small amount of oil on a small area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the arm, before applying the oil on other areas.
Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use. Keep them stored in a cool, dark place to keep them unspoiled as long as possible.