Essential Oil Safety
Okay guys it’s time for some education.
Essential oils are amazing things but like anything in the craft they need to be handled correctly! So here’s a post for all those interested or are beginning to use essential oils.
Directions: Always follow the directions that are on the bottle/box, read everything and make sure you FULLY understand the instructions for the specific oil. Does it need to be diluted? will it burn if applied to skin? etc etc.
Diluting: Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water, but water actually drives oil into the skin and eyes. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off of the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If essential oil gets in your eye, flush with carrier oil as quickly as possible to alleviate any discomfort. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, seek medical attention.
For example “Hot oils” are oils that can cause a hot or warming sensation when applied to the skin. Hot oils and blends include Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme. If you are using any of these on your skin it will pay to dilute them in a carrier oil (I find a 1:3 oil to carrier ratio is fine).
Patch Testing: Again if the oil blend or product is going to applied to your skin, this includes baths. Do a patch test first! Especially if you have sensitive skin. To perform a patch test, apply 1–2 drops of essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1–2 hours for any noticeable reaction; however, reactions occur usually within 5–10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or develop a rash, add carrier oil or Aloe Vera to the affected area as often as needed.
Integrity of skin: Damaged, diseased, or inflamed skin is often more permeable to essential oils and may be more sensitive to dermal reactions. It is potentially dangerous to put undiluted essential oils on to damaged, diseased or inflamed skin. Under these circumstances the skin condition may be worsened, and larger amounts of oil than normal will be absorbed. Sensitization reactions are also more likely to occur.
Also pays to note that prolonged smelling exposure to high volumes of essential oils (1 hour or more) can cause headaches, vertigo, nausea and lethargy and water should be actively consumed regularly to help deter these symptoms.
What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils interact with prescription medications?
If you have a disease or medical condition or are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that prior to using an essential oil, you consult with a health care adviser who has experience with essential oils. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between any medication and essential oils.
Can I still use essential oils if I am pregnant, lactating or on my infant? Again always consult a health care professional before any use especially on infants or children.
I hope this helps my lovelies! Please please please remember to be safe ♥ If you have queries or concerns on a particular oil make sure to educate yo’ self first before use!