Essential Oil Crash Course Notes
The Most important things the novice should know about essential oils!
Never take essential oils internally. There are those that will tell you, if an oil is pure enough, you can take it internally. While that may be the case on some oils, I’d advise against taking the advice of a MLM sales person as opposed to an aromatherapy practitioner or integrative medicine specialist. While there are some oils that have been used in culinary field for ages like lemon or oregano, if you feel you must take them internally, don’t use an essential oil, source an oil from a gourmet shop as ones approved for human consumption, are FDA approved safe.
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Essential Oils should be avoided during the first three months of pregnancy. Although fragrances can be off putting during the first few months of pregnancy and that’s nature’s version of self regulation, it is best that essential oils be avoided during the most formative time of the pregnancy. There are a number essential oils that should be avoided during the entirety of pregnancy, but things like lavender, rose, geranium and chamomile can be used in moderation after the first trimester.
Essential Oils should be diluted. There are a few oils that are safe to use straight and they are generally considered to be Lavender, Tea tree and Helichrysum because of their healing and antiseptic properties, however to avoid skin sensitization all other oils should be mixed with a carrier oil.
Never use essential oils in the ears. If you are experiencing problems with inflammation or congestion in the ears, use a few drops of diluted oil massaged on the side of the neck behind the ear, but never place essential oils directly in your ear, or drip them in the ear canal where inflammation or damage might occur.
Never burn essential oils. When oils are heated their chemical composition change. For the safest use of essential oils, either use them in a cold mist diffuser or a plug in ball where the oil is placed on a cotton pad which is gently warmed by the ball, diffusing the oils safely though the home or office.
Essential oils that work on people may be detrimental to animals. Although essential oils can improve your surroundings, they may not work for your pets, and should be avoided unless you have a great deal of education on the interaction and contraindications as size, weight and breed all influence how and if oils should be used. For example, cats lack the liver enzyme glucuronyl tranferase, so substances that are otherwise harmless can build up and cause toxicity in the liver. With birds, even essential oils diffused in the air should be avoided as it can interfere with their bronchial and metabolic systems. Essential oils should never be introduced into the aquatic systems of fish as the oils will not mix with water but may cling to the skin of a fish and cause major problems. Oils should also not be used in tanks with reptiles as in an enclosed space can prove toxic. I don’t suggest the novice employ the use of essential oils without instruction from a vet experienced in homeopathic or naturopathic treatments. The only exception I make is recommending the use of a 1% diffusion of lavender to calm dogs or cats, (1 drop lavender in 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil like grapeseed). While that can generally be diffused safely, please make sure you provide either outside access for your pet or the ability to escape to a room that is not scented should they find the fragrance disagreeable.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. Essential oils are renowned for many beneficial qualities including those that may assist in the strengthening the immune system and restoring emotional balance. When used in accordance with professional education, and with a boatload of respect, aromatherapy can be incorporated in your regime for good health.
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor, and Spike Lavender, Lavandula latifolia, should not be used with anyone who is pregnant, or who is vulnerable to epileptic seizures.
All essential oils should be used very respectfully and some should be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Special consideration should be given to the first trimester and for women who are prone to vulnerable or high-risk pregnancies. Again, any use of Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor, and Spike Lavender, Lavandula latifolia should be avoided during pregnancy. Use essential oils with pregnant women only under guidance of an Aromatherapist and/or medical professional knowledgeable about essential oils and pregnancy.
A good rule of thumb for the public is to always dilute essential oils in carrier oils before applying them to the skin or a bath. Use a total of 1-18 drops of essential oil in 1oz of carrier. If undiluted essential oils are used on your skin, you may experience tingling, a rash, mild to severe irritation, or burning sensations. Immediately apply carrier oil to the affected area and wipe off. Do not use water as it will spread the essential oil.
You may want to alternate the essential oils you use. Daily use of the same blend of oils all over your body for more than a few weeks is not recommended.
A safe guideline for young children, unhealthy elders, and those with serious health conditions is that essential oils should only be diluted to a maximum of 1%, (a total of 5-6 drops of essential oil to 1oz of carrier oil).
The following oils are photosensitizing: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Lemon (Citrus limon) Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) and Opoponax (Commiphora guidotti). Sunlight or sunbed rays must be avoided for at least 12-24 hours after application. This will vary depending on the individual person’s skin. These oils applied to the skin at any dilution will likely increase the chance of severe burns from ultraviolet light and may cause permanent uneven pigmentation of the skin.
Do not put pure essential oils in or around the eyes or near other orifices. If essential oil does contact these areas, immediately flush with carrier oil and wipe off excess. If irritation persists, seek medical advice immediately.
All essential oils should be tightly sealed when not in use, stored in a dark place, away from direct sunlight and temperature fluctuations.
Essential oils should never be ingested without medical guidance.
Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children; they can be poisonous if swallowed.
Persons who have allergies to perfumes and chemicals should proceed cautiously with oils.
Even if a specific essential oil is not reputed to cause irritation, certain individual may have a reaction. It is best to do a patch test before using any essential oil blend on a large area of the body.
Essential oils are flammable. Please keep them out of the way of fire hazards.