Safety Tips for Essential Oil Use

Safety Tips for Essential Oil Use

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Safety Tips for Essential Oil Use

#1 – Young children and elderly adults are sensitive to essential oils and may experience a reaction to these compounds with exposure.

Experts agree that you should not use eucalyptus or peppermint around a child’s nostrils as this can lead to respiratory issues. You must keep essential oils out of the reach of children.

#2 – Essential oils are flammable so be careful to keep them away from fire or extreme heat.

#3 – Before using an essential oil over a large surface of your skin, take a little time to perform a skin test over a small area. Ideally, you want to wait 24 hours before daring to apply it over a larger surface area. Your goal is to ensure that you do not have an allergic reaction or experience any irritation.

#4 – Do not be overly generous with the essential oil application our use. A few drops will do the trick!

#5 – Pregnant women should consult their doctor before using essential oils.

#6 – Beware that not all essential oils are aromatherapy friendly. For example, bitter almond, wintergreen and onion are not suitable oils.

#7 – Always label your essential oils.

#8 – Finally, after touching essential oils, avoid touching mucous membranes such as your mouth, eyes, or nose. Always take time to wash your hands to prevent harming yourself or others.