As you all know, essential oils provide endless benefits to your well-being. With that being said, there are some safety precautions to take when using these beneficial oils. Here is a list of some things to consider.
1. Carefully Read Oil Profiles
Essential oils are amazingly diverse oils, aiding everything from eczema to tendonitis to anxiety. Although these oils are highly beneficial, not all oils are appropriate for use by everyone. By checking out our essential oil profiles you can discover what specific precautions to take with a given oil. For example, you would find that you should avoid Cypress if you’re pregnant. These profiles also contain other helpful information such as what conditions an oil helps and other oils that it blends well with.
2. Perform a Patch Test
Like every essential oil is different, so too is everyone’s reaction to them. The best and quickest way to determine how you will react to a specific oil is to perform a “Patch Test.” This test is particularly beneficial for those with sensitive skin or other skin conditions. Directions: Add 1-2 drops of diluted oil to your wrist or inside of elbow; cover with a Band-Aid and leave for 24 hours. If any reaction occurs, immediately remove the bandage and carefully wash the area with mild soap and water.
3. Research, Research, Research
The BEST way to get and stay informed is to constantly look for information regarding not only the oils you use, but also essential oils and Aromatherapy in general. Don’t just believe what you see and hear from others, go out and discover for yourself! I recommend reading news articles and books about essential oils (like my Guide), as well as asking questions of trained professionals and essential oil providers. You can even look into becoming a trained Aromatherapist yourself!