ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY
Safety is important when it comes to using essential oils. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information available, but starting gradually will help ease any sort of intimidation you might feel as you begin using essential oils in your everyday life; on yourself and your family.
Here’s a few safety suggestions…⠀
1. When storing essential oils (EOs), it’s important to keep them in a cool, dark place with lids tightly closed (and always out of reach of children). You’ll also want to keep carrier oils (like coconut, olive, vitamin e, sweet almond oil, etc.) on hand for dilution. Always use and store EOs in glass containers, especially when drinking them in water, since most plastic products contain chemicals that can be broken down by the oil.
2. Citrus oils are photosensitive and when applied to skin, they may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to UV rays or direct sunlight within 1-2 days after application.
3. Keep EOs away from eyes and never put them directly into the ears. Should irritation or accidental contact with eyes ever occur, never use water to clear the EO (they are not water-soluble). You should use a V6 vegetable oil complex or other carrier oil (such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil) to cleanse the area and reduce discomfort.
4. Epileptics and people with high blood pressure should use extra caution when using EOs with high ketones like basil, rosemary, sage, or tansy.
5. For people with allergies or sensitive skin, it’s best to test a small area (like the inside of the upper arm) then wait 30 minutes before applying to other areas. In general, the bottoms of the feet are safe for topical application.⠀
6. Young Living states right on the bottles if an oil is able to be consumed as a food additive. DO NOT use any Essential Oil internally that is not specifically indicated for that purpose.