Essential Oil Safety
When essential oils are handled appropriately, they can be wonderful tools for healing. Most commercially available essential oils are safe to use when basic guidelines are adhered to. Below are some factors that influence the safety of essential oils:
The manufacturing and use of adulterated essential oils is rampant in the commercial market today; when adulterated oils are used therapeutically, it can be a recipe for disaster. It is very important to find unadulterated, quality essential oils that you can trust.
Note: Using a quality, pure essential oil does not guarantee that you will never experience an adverse reaction to it. Always keep in mind the potency of a pure essential oil, and how it can affect your body.
Dosage & Dilution
As with anything, excessive use of an essential oil can cause irritation. This is especially so with topical applications. It is important to dilute your essential oils based on their potency, your intended use, and your own level of skin sensitivity.
Essential oils rich with certain natural constituents should always be diluted prior to topical application. For example, an essential oil rich in aldehydes (ex. citrus oils) or phenols (ex. cinnamon) can often cause skin irritation if applied neat to the skin. It is very important to know and understand an essential oil before you use it.
Method of Application
Essential oils can be inhaled, applied topically to the skin, or taken internally. Typically, inhalation presents a very low risk to the majority of the population, and is the most popular method of use. In any given diffuser or massage oil blend, the concentration of essential oil is unlikely to lead to adverse reactions. It becomes more important to be precise with your dilution and application when using essential oils topically and/or internally.
Tip: here at EOL we provide dilution charts for each of our essential oils to help make topical use more straight forward.
Important Note: if you wish to use an essential oil internally, we highly recommend consulting with a trained aromatherapist who is familiar with your health history before diving in.