How to use your Essential Oils safely

It is very important to remember a few key rules when using essential oils. Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. Instead, they should be combined with carrier oils, lotions, or other diluting measures.

Because they’re so concentrated, if you don’t dilute, you may end up with an unfortunate reaction (and very unhappy skin).Of course, there has to be a few exceptions to the rule. Some of the essential oils that are widely acknowledged as safe to use undiluted on the skin are: lavender, tea tree and sandalwood.

It is also important that you never use an undiluted essential oil on a baby or child, as children have much thinner, more delicate skin than adults have, and tend to be very sensitive to the potency of essential oils.

If you are pregnant or nursing (we also advise avoiding Essential oils completely in your first trimester) Aniseed, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, ginger, jasmine, lemon, nutmeg, rosemary and sage.

To test if you’re sensitive to an essential oil, combine one drop of essential oil with 1/2 tsp carrier oil (like olive, jojoba, or sweet almond). Rub this on the inside, upper portion of your arm and wait a few hours. If no redness or itching develops, you’re most likely not sensitive to that essential oil. It is also important to keep all essential oils out of the reach of children and avoid contact with your eyes. If these rules are followed you can fully enjoy your essential oils safely.