Thursday, April 11, 2013

Essential Oil Safety and Basic Tips

Essential oils are wonderful and amazing products of our natural world and have been used throughout the centuries for their smell and medicinal properties. dōTERRA's essential oils can be used safely by your family for a variety of wellness applications. There are a number of essential oils that have chemical components that while completely natural, must be used with caution. It is important to remember that therapeutic-grade essential oils are highly-concentrated plant extracts and should be used with reasonable care.

Here are some safety guidelines that you should follow when using essential oils and essential oil products.
  1. Be sure to use only 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions.
  2. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area.
  3. Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in open wounds. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, dilute with vegetable oil NOT water. (A few months ago I was having difficulty opening an essential oil bottle and accidentally jerked the bottle and oil splashed in my eye! I immediately grabbed some olive oil, poured it in my hand and applied it to my eye and rubbed until the stinging stopped. About a minute later I was able to stop the stinging and flushed my eye with warm water.)
  4. Do NOT consume an essential oil internally UNLESS labeled with a Supplement Facts box with specific dietary supplement use instructions and warnings.
  5. Discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience severe skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.
  6. When using on children, apply a very small amount of oil to test skin or other sensitivity. Do not use oil on a child's hand as they may transfer to their eyes or mouth.
  7. Consult your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant or under a doctor's care or have other safety questions regarding essential oils.
  8. If you are on medication you should also consult with your practitioner because some essential oils may interact with certain medications. For example, relaxing essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and melissa (lemon balm) may heighten the effect of sleeping pills or sedatives
Basic Tips
  1. Store essential oils in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight or a direct heat source. 
  2. Make sure the lids are tight and fitting.
  3. Do not touch the tip of the bottle where dropper is, this prevents contamination.
  4. After applying an oil, wash your hands or make sure the oil has been completely absorbed by your skin before touching surfaces. Pure essential oils will eat through plastic! On furniture, oils will remove the finish because of their terpenic nature, so remove quickly with tissue. If any falls on plastic, finished wood or painted surfaces, unfortunately it won’t take long to ruin the surface. For example don't use your touchscreen phone right after applying oil otherwise it will ruin the surface. (I have forgotten to remember this basic tip and right after using an oil have grabbed my water bottle to drink and now the plastic bottle has fingerprints all over it.)

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