Essential Oil Safety: A Brief Refresher

  • Karen Williams on June 07, 2010

As suppliers of essential oils we are dedicated to knowing exactly what we are buying and selling. Testing every batch of oil we purchase with GC/MS technology assures purity and the gives us the exact chemistry of each oil. We believe this process is vital for medicinal blending and for quality assurance.

In order to ensure safe use of essential oils, please take note of the following precautions for the oils sold on this website. There may be important precautions for essential oils that are not sold on this website. The potential safety issues of an essential oil depend on the chemistry of the oil you are using, the dosage and frequency the oil is used, and the method of application.

  • Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor, and Spike Lavender, Lavandula latifolia, should not be used with anyone who is pregnant, who is vulnerable to epileptic seizures, or has high blood pressure.
  • All essential oils should be used very respectfully during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Special consideration should be given to the first trimester and for women who are prone to vulnerable or high-risk pregnancies. Again, any use of Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor, and Spike Lavender, Lavandula latifolia should be avoided during pregnancy. Use essential oils with pregnant women only under guidance of an Aromatherapist and/or medical professional knowledgeable about essential oils and pregnancy.
  • A good rule of thumb for the public is to always dilute essential oils in carrier oils before applying them to the skin or a bath. Use a total of 1-18 drops of essential oil in 1 oz of carrier. If undiluted essential oils are used on your skin, you may experience tingling, a rash, mild to severe irritation, or burning sensations. Immediately apply carrier oil to the affected area and wipe off. There are appropriate uses for essential oils neat (undiluted) that educated Aromatherapists will understand.
  • You may want to alternate the essential oils you use. Daily use of the same blend of oils all over your body for more than a few weeks is not recommended. Try alternating your favorite blends every few weeks.
  • A safe guideline for young children, unhealthy elders, and those with serious health conditions is that essential oils should only be diluted to a maximum of 1%, (a total of 5-6 drops of essential oil to 1 oz of carrier oil).
  • Another important guideline is to not use essential oils directly on the fur or skin of any animals. Aromatics International does not promote the use essential oils on any animals, in any way, without the advice of a veterinarian who has studied essential oils.