Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

Essential oils can be very potent and are highly concentrated.  It is always important to check for specific safety information provided.  If no information is provided, it is strongly recommended to do a little bit of research or consult a reputable reference guide before using the essential oil in question.

Please keep any essential oil out of reach of children, the elderly, as well as your pets. Although some oils may be safe to ingest, we recommend that essential oils be for external use only.  Avoid getting any essential oils in contact with mucus membranes or with your eyes.  If an essential oil were to get in contact with a mucus membrane or with your eyes, DO NOT USE WATER to wash it out.  Instead use a vegetable oil, like olive oil, to help wash out the essential oil.

Some oils may cause irritation to people with sensitive skin, other oils must be diluted to be used safely.  Please follow the recommended safety information for each specific oil. Perform a patch test by applying one drop of oil (diluted when necessary) to the inside of your wrist.   If irritation occurs, discontinue the use of the oil and wash out with olive oil.  If you present symptoms of an allergic reaction to the oil, please wash out with a olive oil and consult your healthcare professional.


Although this list is not exhaustive, here are some special considerations for people with particular conditions.   If you have a particular health condition, we HIGHLY recommend, and even INSIST, that you consult with your health care provider before using any essential oils.

Pregnancy: Just as some foods should be avoided during pregnancy, essential oils should also be avoided and/or minimized during pregnancy.  This proves to be especially true for the first trimester.  Later in pregnancy, it is possible to use half the stated amount of essential oils if you chose to do so.  Please consult your healthcare provider before choosing to use essential oils during your pregnancy.  Avoid using the following oils during your pregnancy: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Fennel, Hyssop, Juniper, Marjoram, Mugwort, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Thyme.  During the first half of your pregnancy, you should also avoid Peppermint, Rose and Rosemary.

High Blood Pressure: Avoid using Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.

Epilepsy or Seizure Disorder: Avoid Fennel, Hyssop, Nutmeg, Rosemary and Sage.

Cancer: Avoid Aniseed, Basil, Bay Laurel, Clove, Cinnamon, Fennel, Nutmeg, Star Anise and Ravintsara (Ho Leaf).

Estrogen Dependent Cancers: Avoid Aniseed, citronella, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Lemongrass, Star Anise, Verbena.

Skin Cancer: Avoid Bergamot and all oils that cause sun sensitization (see below).

Sun Sensitization:  Certain oils, notably those of the citrus family, may cause skin to become sensitive to the sun as well as to UV light.  If you are using the following oils, it is best to avoid sunlight and UV light exposure to the treated area: Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Tangerine, Wild Orange.

Skin Irritants: There are essential oils that are likely to cause skin irritation in some individuals.  A patch test is recommended and should always be done before using an essential oil for the first time.  Always dilute the following oils in a carrier oil (olive oil, fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc.): Basil, Black Pepper, clove, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Oregano, Peppermint, Pine.

Skin Sensitizers:  Some oils may cause a heightened sensitivity of the skin or an allergic reaction.  Take special precaution when using the following oils: Basil, cinnamon, Bay Laurel, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melissa, Peppermint, Thyme and Tea Tree (Melaleuca).

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