ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY
essential oils, it’s very important that you use them safely. Why? Because you want the benefits of using essential oils, not to cause more harm to your body. Essential oils can be very helpful and healing but only if used correctly. Some oils may burn you or cause worse damage if used in the wrong way. Read on to learn more about essential oil safety.s you get started using
If you are brand new to essential oils, please read What are essential oils? and Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oil Use first to get a basic knowledge about these amazing substances are before reading this post. If you have already seen these posts, read on!
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According to Butterfly Miracles with Essential Oils, there are several different schools of thought on what is considered safe and the best method of application and it mostly differs between countries. “Aromatherapists trained in Germany consider inhalation as the best and most effective way to use essential oils…In Britain and other English speaking countries, the skin is the primary avenue of absorption and utilization of essential oils. The emphasis is on massage with carrier oils containing only 2-5% of essential oil…The French recommend the use of essential oils in just about any way you can imagine. They particularly emphasize the taking of essential oils orally.” (Westover, pg 2)
As you can see, there are many differing opinions on how to use essential oils safely and effectively. This is why every source is different, just depending on who you listen to. You will have to use your own judgment about how you want to use them, but I have put together a handy list below that has come from my research and knowledge. This is a great place to start.
HOW DO YOU USE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY? FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE GUIDELINES:
(and when in doubt, ask a certified aromatherapist or your healthcare practitioner)
This is just a general list of safety guidelines. Essential oils are powerful substances but should be used with some caution. I’ve made an essential oil safety chart for more information on individual oils and their contraindications, but when in doubt, ask a certified aromatherapist. For easy access later, download these safety tips in the printable below! You can put it in a binder, on your refrigerator or you can print it and give it to others that have questions about essential oil safety!
AromaTools. (2016, July). The Art of Roller Bottle Blending. Retrieved from https://blog.aromatools.com/2016/07/29/the-art-of-roller-bottle-blending/
Azzaro, Kelly Holland. Animal Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Safety. Retrieved from https://naha.org/assets/uploads/Animal_Aromatherapy_Safety_NAHA.pdf
How to Use Essential Oils Safely. Retrieved from https://tisserandinstitute.org/safety/safety-guidelines/
Westover, LaRee. (2010). Butterfly Miracles with Essential Oils: Empowering Yourself. United States: Butterfly Expressions LLC.