Naturally cultivated and steam distilled, these pure oils are extracted from the leaves, bark, flowers, roots, nuts, berries, and fruit of various herbs, shrubs, and trees.

Essential oils are very strong and need to be diluted in oil, lotion, or cream when applied directly to the skin. If redness or heat occurs, dilute further or discontinue use.

When the strength of an essential oil is discussed, one is not referring to the aroma, but rather the individual characteristics of the oil. Some essential oils are thousands of times stronger than, say, their fruit counterparts. One drop will do a lot!  More is NEVER better when working with essential oils.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be treated with care. A working knowledge of how to use these oils is necessary in order that you are able to get the most benefit from them without causing any harm. Here are a few guidelines to ensure safe and effective use of essential oils:

  • Use only 100% pure natural essential oils from plants
  • Keep oils tightly closed and out of the reach of children and pets
  • Never consume undiluted oils. Use only oils approved for food use

Don't use undiluted oils on the skin, dilute with oil, lotion, or cream. There are a very few exceptions to this rule, for example non-irritating oils like Lavender or Tea Tree oils undiluted on burns, insect bites, pimples, and other minor skin eruptions as long as you do not have sensitive skin.

Skin test essential oils for sensitivity. Many people who are sensitive or allergic to synthetic fragrances will not be sensitive to natural oils. Do a patch test with a 2% dilution (with a pure vegetable oil) in the crook of the arm, 12 hours will be ample time to check for a reaction. If redness or irritation occur try a weaker dilution (1%) or try an alternative oil.

  • Keep oils away from eyes and mucous membranes
  • If redness, burning, itching, or irritation occur, apply more vegetable oil

Avoid using any of the following oils during pregnancy:
Anise, Bitter Almond, Basil, Bay, Birch, Cedar Leaf, Cedarwood, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavandin, Spike Lavender, Sweet Fennel, Juniperberry, Marjoram, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Tagetes, Thyme, and Wintergreen.

The following oils can be irritating to the skin and should be tested before use:
Allspice, Bay Laurel, Bitter Almond, Basil, Birch, Cajeput, Cassia, Cedar Leaf, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Sweet Fennel, Fir Needle, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Pine, Tagetes, Tea Tree, Thyme, and Wintergreen.

Angelica, Bergamot, and all citrus oils can make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light and should be used with care. Do not go into the sun with these oils on your skin.

People with high blood pressure should avoid:
Hyssop, Rosemary, Spanish Sage, and Thyme.

Potentially toxic oils:

  • Bitter almond (Prunus amygdalus var. amara)
  • Inula (Inula graveolens)
  • Khella (Ammi visnaga)
  • Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris)
  • Parsley (Petroselinum sativum, Carum sativum)
  • Pennyroyal (Mentha pelugium)
  • Sassafras (Albidum)
  • Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
  • Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

Very toxic essential oils:
I recommend not using the following oils at all.

  • Ajowan (Ptychotis ajowan, Carum ajowan)
  • Arnica (Arnica montana)
  • Bolda (Peumus boldus)
  • Buchu (Barosma betulina)
  • Calamus (Acorus calamus)
  • Cascarilla (Croton eluteria)
  • Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)
  • Camphor, brown and yellow (Cinnamonum camphora)
  • Deer tongue (Carphephorus odoratissimus)
  • Horseradish (Cochlearia armoracia, Armoracia rusticana)
  • Jaborandi (Pilocarpus jaborandi)
  • Mustard (Brassica nigra)
  • Narcissus (Narcissus poeticus)
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens)
  • Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
  • Spanish broom (Spartium junceum)
  • Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
  • Tonka (Dipteryx odorata)
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
  • Wormseed (Chenopodium ambrosiodes, C. anthelminticum)

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