The use of essential oils undoubtedly provides comfort, leisure, and relaxation to people who use it. These scented oils are renowned for their immune-supporting and emotion-balancing qualities, and when safely used, can be a simple and delightful way to support overall health.
But, of course, there are still several safety precautions to be exercised when it comes to exploring different essential oils for health and personal use.
For example, these oils might be vulnerable to people with epileptic seizures:
- Western Red Cedar
On the other hand, people who just applied oils are encouraged to avoid sunlight and tanning bed rays for up to 18 hours after application to avoid chances of getting severe burns from ultraviolet light.
- Bergamot .4%
- Lemon 2%
- Cold Pressed Lime .7%
- Grapefruit 4%
- Bitter Orange 1.25%
- Mandarin Leaf .17%
- Cumin .4%
- Angelica Root .8%
- Laurel Leaf Absolute 2%
- Rue .15%
- Taget .01%
One of the most common precautions is to not put EO in or around the eyes, ears or other orifices. If it, by any chance, lands on a sensitive area, it must be washed immediately with soap and water for a few times and flush with saline solution. If irritation persists, seek medical advice immediately!
People with asthma, those with seasonal or skin allergies, as well as those with multiple chemical sensitivities/allergic reaction to perfume should proceed cautiously when it comes to using essential oils.
With regards to its use for pregnant, lactating or breastfeeding women as well as children 5 to 12 years old, elders on multiple education and those with serious health conditions, the concentration level of essential oils must be kept at a down low, with 1% being the recommended total amount. Despite this, there are a handful of oils pregnant women should avoid so its still highly advisable for them to use essential oils under the guidance of aromatherapists or medical professionals who are knowledgeable about the topic.
With that said, I also want to remind you that we highly recommend diluting essential oils in carrier oils before applying them to the skin with a total amount of 5-18 drops of essential oil in 1 oz (30ml) of carrier oil. But in cases of skin irritation, one must wash it off with soap and water immediately then apply carrier oil to the affected area after.
Based on research, diffusing gentle oils around babies and younger children is a good option since ambient inhalation is generally safe for them, especially at a young age. Diffusing can go on for 10-15 minutes in a well-ventilated room before stopping for an hour. Aside from this, the use of hydrosols, aloe vera, butter, and carrier oils on children is much more recommended before using essential oils on them, to give them a nudge towards rebalancing health.
BIRCH and WINTERGREEN oil solutions should NEVER be used or given to children in any amount to avoid the possible risk of developing Reye’s syndrome and salicylates! Lastly, it must NEVER be ingested by children or anyone since it can be poisonous!
Now that you know all these, you may now proceed cautiously with using essential oils!