Essential oils are an effective natural way to take care of your family’s health. I love essential oils and I can personally attest to how well they work. Essential oils have become more popular, because of this, I’m concerned about the lack of essential oil safety that I see promoted on some blogs and by some distributors.
There is a myth that because essential oils are natural, they are completely safe. This is just not true. Essential oils are strong and the same care that is used with traditional medicine should be applied to essential oil safety. Essential oils do not come with the same side effects as traditional medicine, but there are still risks. Do your own research on the oils you use so you will know the safety risks, and follow these tips.
6 Tips for Essential Oil Safety:
- Keep essential oils away from small children. Essential oils are strong so they can harm small children. Do not leave essential oils open or easily accessible around small children.
- Never take any essential oil internally unless you have thoroughly researched that specific oil. No matter what brand of essential oils you use, you have to be very careful about taking them internally. Essential oils are strong and powerful and are hard to digest. They can cause health hazards like ulcers in your stomach or esophagus. Some, like wintergreen essential oil, (which is one of my personal favorite oils) can be lethal if you take them internally. Do your own research on the essential oil safety of the individual oils you use to see if they are safe to take internally.
- Tell your doctor about the essential oils you are using. Essential oils have many of the same qualities as traditional medicine so they can cause harmful interactions particularly if they are being taken internally. If you have health problems, be sure to tell your doctors about the oils you are using. (An added benefit of this is that doctors can learn about essential oils)
- Never apply any essential oil directly to your skin until you have tested it for allergies or sensitivities. Some essential oils, like peppermint, can cause irritation to the skin if applied directly. Individual people can have allergies and reactions to some oils, therefore always try a small amount of the essential oils diluted in a quality carrier oil before you apply any oil directly to your skin.
- Use in moderation. Anything used too much can be bad. There are some essential oils I love so much that I want to bathe in. With essential oils, more is not better. A couple of drops in a bath is enough. You can reapply most essential oils more often then you could take traditional medicine, but again each oil is different and it’s important to do your research. When in doubt, use essential oils diluted in a carrier oil and use moderately.
- Remember that most of the people who distribute essential oils are untrained amateurs. This includes me. Do not believe everything you read on the internet. Do your own research. Make sure you get your essential oils safety information from a professional. There are many good books that can help you start your own research including these.
Essential oils are a quality natural way to manage your health. Be sure to follow these tips for essential oil safety and doing your own research on the oils you love to use so that you can get the benefits safely.
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