Safety Tips

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Why is there no recommendation for Aromatic? Aromatic application is simply the act of breathing in essential oils, there are no limits to the amount of oil drops you can smell per day.

What's the difference between Oral and Internal? "Internal” refers to swallowing and ingesting essential oils, like in a veggie capsule or drinking them with water. “Oral” refers to placing essential oils in the mouth (for cleansing and freshening), typically under the tongue.

Dermal refers to topical use on the skin.

Application

There are three basic application methods—aromatic, topical, and internal.

  • Aromatic application refers to experiencing the aroma of essential oils through the air by inhaling or breathing in the oils, or using an essential oil diffuser.
  • Topical application is the use of essential oils on the skin.
  • Internal use of essential oils refers to ingesting essential oils by swallowing a veggie capsule that contains essential oils, applying essential oils directly into the mouth, or adding oils to a beverage and then swallowing. It's only safe to consume essential oils that have the "Supplement Facts" label on the bottle.

Areas to Avoid

When applying essential oils topically, it is wise to avoid application to areas like the eyes, ears, or nose, and to avoid putting essential oils on broken or damaged skin.

Dilution

When applying essential oils topically, it will often be necessary to dilute them with a "carrier oil" such as Fractionated Coconut oil to help avoid any skin sensitivity.



Carrier oils are typically a pure vegetable oil that will literally “carry” the oil to the skin. While some worry that using a carrier oil will reduce the benefits of essential oils, it will actually help to increase absorption so that the oil stays on the skin for a longer period of time.

The recommended ratio for dilution is typically 3 drops of the carrier oil per 1 drop of essential oil.

Storage

Essential oils should not be left out where small children can reach them, and bottles should always be sealed up with their lids after use.

Keep the oils out of direct sunlight and away from heat, as light and heat can alter the chemical structure of the oils and lessen their efficacy. By storing your oils in a cool, dry place, you can preserve the delicate yet powerful properties they possess.

Children

Yes, essential oils are safe to use around your family and on children. Keep essential oils out of reach of your children. Because kids don’t understand the potency of essential oils, they cannot properly apply them, and could use them improperly.

Children have more delicate and sensitive skin than adults, so it is always necessary to dilute oils before applying them topically on your kids.

Personal Considerations

If you have any specific health conditions or concerns, it is always a good idea to consult your healthcare professional before use. The same goes for your children—if you have any concerns about using essential oils on your children, consider talking to their pediatrician or primary care physician before starting essential oil use with your kids.

Women who are pregnant should always consult with their doctor before using oils.