Safety First with Essential Oils
As with every new health journey, exercise caution and safety first with essential oils.
Quality of essential oil: Adulterated essential oils increase the likelihood of an adverse response and hence the need for pure, authentic, and genuine essential oils is of the utmost importance.
Application method: Follow your application methods. Essential oils may be applied on the skin topically, inhaled/diffused and taken internally. Only ingest Young Living Essential Oils.
Always follow the guidelines in your reference materials and essential oil bottle closely.
Skin integrity: Damaged, irritated, or inflamed skin is often more permeable to essential oils and may be more sensitive to dermal reactions. Sensitization reactions are also more likely to occur.
Dilute as much as you need: If an oil feels uncomfortably warm on the skin, dilute it with a carrier oil.
Age: Infants, toddlers, and young children are more sensitive to the potency of essential oils and safe dilutions include .5 – 2.5% depending on condition. Elderly clients may have more skin sensitivities so a reduced concentration/dilution may be indicated.
Avoid eyes and ears: Place essential oils around your eyes and ears, but not in them. If essential oils are exposed to your eyes and/or ears, do not splash water into them. Instead apply some carrier oil around your eyes and/or ears.
Sunshine and Essential Oils
Use citrus oils safely: When adding citrus oils to your choice of drink, always use a glass, stainless steel or ceramic cup. Not plastic or foam.
Citrus oils may also make skin photosensitive. If you are planning on being exposed to the sun, apply essential oils to covered areas.
More safety guidelines here.