The Do’s and Don’ts of Essential Oils

Rules Of Essential OilsI have been overwhelmed with messages on social media sites about essential oils, which is a good thing.  That means that the word is getting out there about how great these amazing oils are and all of the benefits they provide.

When I became a certified Aromatherapist eleven years ago, many people had never even heard of essential oils, much less how they can benefit us. Now there are several multi-level marketing companies selling these oils, which has definitely increased  awareness.

While I’m thrilled that the benefits of essential oils are becoming well-know, my concern is that people may not receive enough information about the do’s and don’ts of essential oils. People could be misinformed about how to use them appropriately and essential oils safety should not be taken lightly.  Although they are 100% natural, if not used in the right capacity, essential oils can be dangerous.

Keep Your Skin Safe

I seem to be reading a lot lately on social media about people using essential oils directly on the skin.  There are very few essential oils that can be used neat (meaning used on their own without mixing it with something).

Two of these are Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils.  Both can be used directly on the skin to help with minor burns and other skin issues such as acne. This being said, you should only use these essential oils directly on the skin in small areas unless you consult with a professional. Other essential oils, like in this essential oil perfume recipe, should be diluted with carrier oils such as olive, coconut, sunflower oils etc.

Don’t Get Too Sensitive

Essential oils be can sensitizing.  Even though Tea Tree and Lavender are safe to use directly on the skin without diluting, you can become sensitized to these if used too often.

Be Sun Safe

Some essential oils are phototoxic. Citrus oils are a prime example of this. Exposure to the sun should be avoided after the application of citrus oils such as orange, lemon and grapefruit. Citrus oils should definitely be diluted before applying to the skin.

Keep Out!

Essential oils should only be used externally such as in these cold and flu essential oil blend recipes. There are far too many people that seem to be using these oils by ingesting them. This should only be done if recommended by a certified professional.

Essentials oils are an amazing gift that come from nature, but anything coming from nature should be treated with respect. Essential oils can be used in many different capacities in our lives but should be fully understood before using them.