Essential Oil Safety Information

Essential Oil Safety Information

 
 
Essential oils are highly concentrated oils of the plant from which they were extracted and can be harmful if used incorrectly. This page will provide some advice on essential oils and what they can do; they have many benefits, but should be enjoyed safely and with caution. If in doubt consult a medical practitioner or a qualified aroma therapist.
 
This information is provided as guidance only.
 
Do not use Essential oils undiluted on the skin unless you are a trained aroma therapist. There are essential oils that are known to be beneficial when used directly on the skin, but be aware these oils are extremely powerful and can cause hypersensitivity and allergic reactions. Trained aroma therapists will know how and when to use undiluted oils, but as a general rule, never use an essential oil undiluted on the skin.
Essential oils are extremely strong and can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Patch tests are recommended; you can apply diluted (in carrier oil) oil to the inside of your elbow and cover with a plaster then wait for 24 hours to check for irritation. Remember your sensitivity can change due to stress or hormonal changes so although you may not have reacted before reactions can still occur. Over use can create hypersensitivity.
 
Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by those with asthma, epilepsy, or with other health conditions.
 
Less IS More. Use essential oils with caution, they are powerful and you only need the smallest amount. Less is more.
 
Not all essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Wormood, onion, camphor, pennyroyal, horseradish, wintergreen, rue, bitter almond and sassafras are some of the essential oils that should only be used by qualified aromatherapy practitioners, and even then with caution.
 
Keep essential oils out of the reach of children. Essential oils can smell edible or drinkable; many of them have wonderful smells. Keep them out of reach of children at all times, treat them like they are medicines or poisons...They can be poisonous in unknowing hands.
 
Do NOT take Essential oils internally. Essential oils should only be taken internally after receiving a detailed consultation and prescription from a trained and qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
 
Essential oils are flammable.
 
Basil Oil - Fresh, sweet, 'green' scent. Uplifting, clarifying and energizing for stress, anxiety, fatigue. Nervine, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, digestive stimulant. Blends well with lavender, bergamot, lime, geranium, oakmoss, hyssop, peppermint.
 
Benzoin - Sweet, vanilla-like scent aroma with warming and comforting properties. Excellent emollient; soothing as an inhalation for coughs and laryngitis. Fixative and preservative for perfume blends.
 
Bergamot - Fruity, floral odor with uplifting and regulating properties. Good general antiseptic, antifungal, relaxant; recommended for oily skin, acne, depression. Blends well with lavender, cypress, geranium, jasmine, neroli, camomile, lemon and juniper.
 
Black Pepper - Warm, spicy scent. Comforting, motivating. Blends well with basil, bergamot, cypress, lavender, lemon and geranium.
 
Cajeput - Resembles eucalyptus and niaoli. It is one of the most powerful plant antiseptics. It is used for chronic laryngitis, bronchitis, cystitis, rheumatism and to expel roundworm.
 
Carrot Seed Oil - Warm, earthy-woody aroma. Specific as a tonic for revitalizing and regenerating mature or damaged skin; may be helpful for hypertension and hyperpigmentation. Considered a general stimulant and liver tonic. It blends well with cedarwood, geranium, citrus and spice oils.
 
Cedarwood - A very woody, dry scent that has deeply soothing and grounding effects. Lymph and circulatory tonic, vulnerary; used in cellulite formulas due to its ability to help release excess water and aid cellular fat metabolism. Blends well with wood oils, bergamot, cypress, jasmine, juniper, neroli, ylang ylang.
 
Chamomile - Fresh, herbacious with a sweet rich-balsamic undertone. Used for sensitive skin, colic, colitis, headache, insomnia, irritability, migraine, menopause, liver and spleen congestion. Blends well with cypress, lavender, lavendin, vetiver, cedarwood, oakmoss, amd labdanum oils.
 
Clary Sage - It has a sweet, nutty scent and an almost floral quality with calming, uplifting, euphoric effects. Often used as a fixative in perfumes. Used for PMS, cramps, menopausal symptoms and stress. Blends well with juniper, sandalwood, geranium, pine, frankincense, bergamot, lavender and citrus oils.
 
Clove - Spicy and warming. Traditionally used in tiny does as a local anesthetic for toothache. Broadly antiseptic it can be used in germicides, mouthwashes, etc. Blends well with juniper, lavender, coriander, cardomon, geranium, sandalwood, cedarwood, pine, labdanum, jasmine, and citrus oils.
 
Coriander - Sweet, woody, uplifting fragrance that refreshes and uplifts the mind. It can help for mental fatigue, migraine, tension and nervous weakness. It has a warming effect on the stomach and relieve wind and cramps, while revitalizing the glandular system. It is helpful for alleviating rheumatism and arthritis pain, as well as muscle spasms and is useful with colds and flu. It also acts as a general cleanser of the body, to rid it of toxins and fluid wastes.
 
Cypress - It has a woody, nutty quality with a hint of spice and resembles juniper amd pine. It makes a relaxing and refreshing bath oil. It is highly astrigent and recommended for fomentations and cataplasms. It is also an antiseptic, astrigent, and circulatoryl stimulant. Use for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, cellulite and sore throat.
 
Eucalyptus - It has a camphoreaous smell. One of the best antiseptic oils. Stimulating, balancing and cooling, it is used in inhalations for deep bronchial infection or in massage oil for muscular aches, sluggish circulation and arthritic complaints. Blends with thyme, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, pine, cedarwood and lemon.
 
Fennel - Sweet scent somewhat similar to anise. Execellent for making aromatic teas, face steams, soap and perfumes. Stimulating and cleansing, it invigorates the body, promotes confidence and assertiveness. Blends well with geranium, lavender, rose, and sandalwood.
 
Frankincense - Its odor is similar to camphor or turpentine, but has in addition a spicy, woody note. It is an astrigent and appears to preserve a youthful complexion. Calming, meditative. Good for facial steams and inhalations. Blends well with sandalwood, pine, vetiver, geranium, lavender, neroli, orange, bergamot and cinnamon.
 
Geranium - Earthy, flowery, rose-like scent with uplifting and balancing properties. Excellent for all skin types. Stress, anxiety and fatigue, PMS, water retention, poor circulation. Blends well with rose, lavender, neroli, patchouli.
 
Ginger - Sharp, spicy scent. A very stimulating essence used in massage and bath oils for its warming effect. Good for muscular aches and pains. Blends well with frankincense, cedarwood, rose, neroli, patchouli.
 
Grapefruit - Light, sweet, refreshing citrus with stimulating and uplifting properties. Specific as a tonic for oily or congested skin, acne, cellulite, depression, and fatigue. Blends well with palmarosa, bergamot, cypress, geranium, lavender, and other citruses.
 
Juniper - Refreshing, woody-sweet fragrance. Cleansing tonic for oily skin and acne, uplifting and stimulating in stress and fatigue. Avoid if you have a history of kidney problems. Blends well with oakmoss, balsams, lavender, citrus, needle oils.
 
Lavender - A gentle oil with a soft, floral-herbal scent and calming, relaxing, and soothing effects. Considered one of the most universally useful oils. Excellent for all skin types and as a first aid for burns, sunburns, stings and muscular aches. Antiseptic, antispasmodic, nervine, sedative. Promotes deep, restful sleep. One of the few oils that may be applied undiluted to the skin. Blends well with most oils.
 
Lemon - Lemon oil is an aromatic astringent which is used extensively in perfumery and cosmetics. It has a very pleasant, fresh scent, excellent in bath, facial steam, and massage oils as well as face washes. Useful for oily hair and added to vinegar rinses for hair and face. Strengthens capillaries and may help correct varicose veins. Blends well with lavender, neroli, ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood, geranium, eucalyptus, juniper, lavandin, labdanum, and citrus oils.
 
Lemongrass - An herbal, lemony scent. Very uplifting and used as a perfume, bath oil, and burning or vaporizing oil for keeping the air clean and fragrant. Keeps bugs away.
Mandarin - A light, orange-like oil with a sweet, almost floral fragrance. Calming and soothing for children. Use as a sedative, relaxing massage and for digestive spasms. Also used to treat asthma
 
Marjoram - Tranquilizing, cool-woody, herbal aroma addresses digestive, cardiovascular and nervous system stresses; respiratory disinfectant. Use in massge for headache and musclell pain, and menstrual cramps. Makes a good boldy liniment mixed with rosemary, nutmeg, and orange oils.
 
Melissa - Complex, tart lemon aroma with soothing, uplifting properties. Calming in times of emotional shock and grief; also sedative, antidepressant, strong antiviral, heart tonic. Blends well with floral and citrus oils, lavender, geranium, rose.
 
Myrrh - A thick, resinous oil with a rich, heavy aroma. Mature skin, dry scalp; an emmolient for chapped skin and open wounds. Anti-inflammatory, astringent, gentle, expectorant. Blends well with frankincense, juniper, mandarin, geranium, mints, spices, lavender.
 
Orange - Sweet citrus with calming, sedative effects. Oily skin, water retention, eases digestionl, stress and anxiety.
 
Patchouli - A dark, viscous oil with a distinctive earthy-sweet fragrance. Warming and calming; specific for mature skin, oily skin and hair, acne, cracked and chapped skin. Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory. Blends well with jasmine, neroli, rose and wood oils.
 
Peppermint - Strong, minty aroma with cooling, refreshing and stimulating effects. Used for poor memory, depressionm confusion, stomach upsets, fever. Antisepticl, carminative, decongestent, analgesic. Blends well with eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, rosemary, mints.
 
Petitgrain - A dark, viscous oil with a distinctive earthy-sweet fragrance. Warming and calming; specific for mature skin, oily skin and hair, acne, cracked and chapped skin. Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory. Blends well with jasmine, neroli, rose and wood oils.
 
Peppermint - Strong, minty aroma with cooling, refreshing and stimulating effects. Used for poor memory, depressionm confusion, stomach upsets, fever. Antisepticl, carminative, decongestent, analgesic. Blends well with eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, rosemary, mints.
 
Pine Needles - Penetrating, stimulating evergreen scent. Potent tonic for adrenal fatigue, muscle and joint pain, respiratory, weakness. Used in many products such as room disinfectants, air fresheners, bath oils. Blends well with cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, elemi, palmarose and geranium oils.
 
Rosemary - Fresh, herbaceous odor disinfects respiratory and sinus passages, moves sluggish circulation; best added for its clearing, energizing effects to inhalations and massage blends. Combines with eucalyptus, citrus, myrtle, mint oils.
 
Sandalwood - It has a soft, woody, sweet, and spicy oriental aroma. Its scent rejuvenates, is antiseptic as well as emollient. It is commonly used to make incense and expensive perfumes. Makes an excellent massage oil. Blends with rose, tuberose, clove, lavender, black pepper, bergamot, rosewood, geranium, labdanum, oakmoss, benzion, vetiver, patchouli, myrrh.
 
Tea Tree - Penetrating, medicinal odor. Broad spectrum antibacterial with excellent antifungal and antiviral properties. Use directly on burns, abrasions, abcesses, acne or wherever there is sign of infection. May be safely used in gargles, vaginal douches, sitz
baths or externally for ear infections. Blends well with lavender, clary sage, rosemary, pine, geranium and pine.
 
Thyme - Warm, intense herbal fragrance with stimulating, energizing properties. One of the most anti-infectuous of all oils, it is skin irritant and should be used highly diluted. Avoid in high blood pressure. Blends well with bergamot, lemon, rosemary, lavender, marjoram and pine oils.
 
Valerian- Heavy, musky, earthy fragrance with deeply soothing effects. Used for insomnia, stress, nervous indigestion. Blends well with lavender, cedarwood, patchouli.
 
Vetiver - Earthy, deep and exotic aroma with sweet undertones and comforting, sedative effects. Dilute in lbends for acne and oily skin, muscular aches. Used as a fixative in perfumery, especially for men's colognes. Blends well with lavender, rose, jasmine, oakmoss, ylang ylang, and citrus oils.
 
Ylang Ylang - Intensely sweet, tropical floral fragrance with an exotic hint of spice. Calming hypotensive and muscle relaxant; aphrodisiac, euphoric, antispasmodic, antidepressant. Used for oily skin care. One drop in a bowl of warm water makes a relaxing facial wash. A good fixative, it blends well with clary sage, jasmine, bergamot, vetiver, rose, citrus, spice and wood oils.
 
Rose Oil - Deep, sweet, floral. Uplifting in times of emotional stress, sadness, and depression. Aphrodisiac, nervine. Mixed with jasmine and sandalwood, it makes a warming, sublime aroma. Good for making floral water and face lotions. Blends well with most other oils.
 
Neroli - Rich yet delicate warm floral with deep soothing effects. Tonifying for most skin types, but especially mature skin lacing vitality and suppleness. Specific for depression, anxiety, insomnia, PMS. Aphrodisiac, sedative; especially nice during pregnancy. Blends well with camomile, jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, geranium, woods, and citrus.
 
Jasmine - Intense, heady floral with uplifting, sensory stimulating effects. Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, sedative. Blends well with most floral, wood and citrus oils.
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