The following precautions should be utilized when using essential oils.
- The following essential oils should not be used with anyone suspected of being vulnerable to epileptic seizures: Camphor, Fennel, Hyssop, Rosemary, Lavandin, Sage, Spike Lavender, and Thuja.
- Essential oils should be used very cautiously during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Essential oils should be used during these times only under guidance of an aromatherapist and/or medical professional knowledgeable about essential oils. (see the pregnancy reference tab for more information)
- People with high blood pressure should use stimulating oils with caution. Some stimulating oils are Camphor, Hyssop, Rosemary, and Spike Lavender.
- Always dilute essential oils in carrier oils before applying them to the skin. Use a total of 5-18 drops of essential oil in 1 oz of carrier oil. If undiluted essential oil contacts your skin, you may experience tingling or burning sensations. Immediately apply carrier oil to the affected area.
- For children, elders, and those with serious health conditions, essential oils need to be diluted to a maximum of 1%, (a total of 5-6 drops of essential oil to 1oz of carrier oil).
- Do not use essential oils directly on the fur or skin of animals. Small animals can have toxic reactions to essential oils being applied to their fur or skin.
- As a general rule, most citrus oils, (including Bergamot), as well as Cumin, Angelica root, Rue, Lemon verbena, Opopanax and Tagetes are photosensitizing. Sunlight or tanning bed rays must be avoided for at least 12 hours after application. These oils applied to the skin at any dilution will likely increase the chance of severe burns from ultraviolet light.
- Do not put essential oils in or around the eyes or near other orifices. If essential oil does contact these areas, immediately flush with carrier oil and wipe off excess. If irritation persists, seek medical advice.
- Persons who have allergies to perfumes should proceed cautiously with oils.
- Customized blends are only for the intended client. The sharing of your blends are not recommended due to potential contraindications.
Essential oils should never be used internally without medical guidance.
Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children; they can be poisonous if swallowed.