Most of the people I work with are brand new to essential oils. I get a lot of questions about essential oil safety. I thought I’d share my top essential oil safety tips with you today! This article isn’t to scare you, but rather to inform you. And to help you use these wonderful natural solutions in an entirely safe and approachable way.
Don’t Use Hot Oils Without Dilution
“Hot” essential oils contain a high content of a compound called phenols. While safe to use, and with many wonderful benefits, hot essential oils must be dliuted before use. Otherwise, they will cause skin sensitivity, which is uncomfortable to experience. A carrier oil to dilute simply slows down the absorption rate. In this way, hot essential oils can be used safely. Click to read more, and get a list of the “hot” essential oils.
Never Put Essential Oils Inside The Ears, Eyes, or Nose
Essential oils are powerful plant therapy with many wonderful benefits. However, you never want to put essential oils inside the ears, eyes, or nose. These areas of the body are delicate. If you put essential oils inside the ear, it could cause the ear drum to rupture. Safely use your essential oils on other, less delicate, areas of your body. The essential oils will travel to where they need to be used through the bloodstream, in a manner that your body can safely and effectively make use of them.
Don’t Expose Your Oils to Extreme Heat or Direct Sunlight
The one thing that can damage essential oils is exposure to a large amount of heat or direct sunlight. To avoid some of this being an issue, doTERRA oils are packaged in dark brown glass bottles. But it’s a best practice to store your oils out of direct sunlight. I store mine on a shelf downstairs. And inside a wooden box upstairs that’s especially made for use with essential oils.
Don’t Ingest Without A Supplement Facts Label
Ingestion of an essential oil is only safe when the oil is both pure, and the plant is safe to be ingested. The easy way to know, is to check if there is a supplement facts label on your doTERRA essential oil bottle. If there is, you may safely ingest a small amount of the oil for internal benefits. Do not ingest large amounts of essential oil at one time, it simply is not needed as essential oils are a powerful plant therapy. Note that I ONLY recommend ingestion of doTERRA brand essential oils. doTERRA carries the highest safety and purity standards in the world, and I don’t trust other brands to be as pure, or as safe.
Children Under 12 should not ingest essential oils
While ingestion of small amount of essential oil is safe for adults, we do not recommend ingestion in children under 12 years of age. Kids are smaller, and need less essential oil than an adult would. Topical and aromatic use of the oils are going to give kids all the benefits they need!
Photosensitive Oils (Avoid Topical Use In The Sun)
There is a category of essential oils that are photosensitive. It means they make the skin more sensitive to the sun, and you should not use these essential oils topically in an area that will be exposed to direct sunlight. Photosensitive oils are most commonly found in the citrus family – oils like Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Tangerine, Wild Orange are examples of photosensitive essential oils. This essential oil safety tip is especially important during the sunny summer months.