Aromatherapy for Body, Mind, & Spirit

Safety Information

Essential Oil Safety

  1. Our position on the ingestion of essential oils is that all of our oils are undiluted, pure and natural and suitable for therapeutic purposes. We do NOT recommend the ingestion of essential oils as they are highly concentrated and can cause damage internally if administered without expertise. This is also the position of the International Federation of Aromatherapists.
  1. Keep Essential Oils in a secure place away from children and pets.
  1. The term ‘natural’ does not guarantee safety, read and follow instructions carefully.
  1. Unless otherwise stated, never use essential oils on your skin without diluting the essential oil with carrier oil. A skin test is recommended prior to use. Place a small amount of the blended oil on the inside of your elbow, cover with a bandage and check in 24 hours. If you experience any soreness, redness or irritation do not use the blend. Consulting an Aromatherapist to obtain assistance to determine what essential oil you should use is recommended.
  1. If an essential oil or essential oil blend gets into your eye, flush the eye immediately with clean water or cold milk. Seek medical attention if the stinging and/or irritation continues.
  1. If allergic to certain foods, do not use essential oils or carrier oils that come from those foods.
  1. Do not use essential oils if pregnant, nursing, diabetic if noted on the essential oil page or blend page. Consult your physician and other reference guides for complete information.
  1. The term ‘natural’ does not guarantee safety, read and follow instructions carefully.
  1. Unless otherwise stated, never use essential oils on your skin without diluting the essential oil with carrier oil. A skin test is recommended prior to use. Place a small amount of the blended oil on the inside of your elbow, cover with a bandage and check in 24 hours. If you experience soreness, redness or irritation do not use the product. If an essential oil or essential oil blend gets into your eye, flush the eye immediately with clean water or cold milk. Seek medical attention if the stinging and/or irritation continues. The following essentials oils should never be used on the skin: Camphor (brown, yellow, unrectified), Cassia, Cinnamon bark, Wintergreen (Methyl salicylate).
  1. If allergic to certain foods, do not use essential oils or carrier oils that come from those foods.
  1. Many essential oils have not been tested on humans, thus always take precautions with using Aromatherapy.
  1. Essential oils do not necessarily have the same healing properties of the plant it comes from. Herbal products sometimes contain different chemical constituents than the essential oil derived from the same plant. Therapeutic results may be experienced when using an herbal product from that of a blended essential oil.
  1. Do not use more than 2 drops of the following essential oils when used in a bath: Black pepper, Juniper, Camphor (rectified), Peppermint, Citronella, Sage, Clove, Spearmint, Eucalyptus Globus, Thyme, Ginger.
  1. The following essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy: Basil, Marjoram, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Clary Sage, Rose, Fennel, Rosemary, Jasmine, Lavender, and Thyme.
  1. The following essential oils should be avoided if you have epilepsy: Cajeput, Fennel, Camphor, Hyssop, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary.
  1. Use a variety of essential oils and make sure you take breaks from the essential oils you use often. This is to avoid sensitization and irritation. The norm would be to use a blend for 4 days, take a minimum of 4 days off and use a different blend which provides the same relief.

For further information, we recommend the following reference books.