Essential Oil Safety

Please note: If you intend to replicate any treatments, please only use 100% pure essential oils, and this term must be stated on the bottle – anything with ‘aromatic oil’ written on the bottle/packaging is not essential oils, they will have no healing properties and should not be used.  Aromatic oils if applied to the skin could cause skin irritation and/or rashes.  When using Aromatherapy with children, high dilutions are required (much less Essential Oils), and it is not necessary to use oils every day – 3-4 times a week is sufficient.

Contra Indications: If any of the essential oils I use in my case studies have ‘contra indications’ I will state this at the end of each article – please respect these.  If any contra indications maybe ‘skin irritant’ I suggest you do a Patch Test first.  All the remedies are used in low doses, therefore are pretty safe – it is usually when an essential oil is used in high does that minor problems can occur.  Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) & Tea Tree  the only essential oil that can be safely applied directly to the skin [without a carrier oil].

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Although Essential Oils (well, the true pure ones) come from fruit plants, herbs, flowers, woods & resins, they are highly concentrated and must be used with respect – we are trained that ‘less is more’ & I encourage you to do the same.

Essentials Oils must not be ingested & must be stored out of the reach of children – all 100% pure Essential Oil bottles are equipped with a dripolator, this means only one drip can come out at time, perfect for making blends & adding to baths, vaporisers etc but also means if they do get into the hands of a child & they take a swig, they will only get one drop!  Hopefully the taste will be so bad it will put them off wanting to take any more!  If a child should consume Essential Oils , seek your Dr immediately or phone the Poisons Centre.

Contra Indications – These could include:

Skin Irritants
These oils may irritate the skin when used in baths.  Use in small amounts only (2 or 3 drops) and dilute in a carrier oil before adding to the water.  Do not use at all if you have sensitive skin or susceptible to allergic reactions.

Photosensitisation
These Essential Oils make the skin more sensitive to ultra-violet light and should not be used before exposure to strong sunshine, sunbeds, or other sources of ultra-violet light.  Generally ALL fruit Essential Oils come under this category.

Epilepsy
Some Essential Oils must never be used if you suffer from epilepsy as they could trigger an attack.  These oils are Fennel (sweet), Hyssop, Thyme, Sage & Rosemary

Pregnancy
Do not use the following oils during pregnancy, some are safe after the first trimester & during labour – in any treatments, I will state this.  In pregnancy avoid Basil, Clary Sage, Hyssop, Juniper, Marjoram, Cypress, Rosemary,  Cedarwood, Yarrow, Clove, Thyme, Vetivert, Peppermint, Myrrh & Sage – if in doubt, always ask!

High Blood Pressure
These oils should not be used if you are suffering from high blood pressure, Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage & Thyme

Lower Blood Pressure
Avoid Clary Sage if you have low blood pressure

Homoeopathic Remedies
It is said that some Essential Oils negate homoeopathic remedies, if this is the case, I will state this at the end of each treatment

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, if I do not know the answer, I will get it for you!

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