General Safety

  • Oils should not be ingested.
  • Keep oils out of the reach of children.
  • Children/elderly cut dose by half.  Infants use even less.
  • Avoid these oils when spending time in the sun, as a component in them increases the chance of sunburn: Bergamot, Lemon, Lime, Angelica, and Orange.
  • Avoid these oils for people with epilepsy: Fennel, Hyssop, and Rosemary.
  • Avoid most oils in the first trimester of pregnancy except Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium, and Rose.
  • During pregnancy, nursing or with high blood pressure some stimulating oils should be avoided.

Safety for Practitioners

  • When you use the same oil too much or for too long, it’s possible to build up a sensitivity. Essential oils are released from the body through urine, exhalation and sweat.  Follow a few simple steps to be sure your body is being purged of excessive oils.
  • Drink plenty of clear water every day.
  • Take breaks during the day and breathe lots of fresh air.
  • Vary the essential oils you use as much as possible.
  • Practice what you preach – take a bath when you get home from work. Perspiration draws the excess oils from your skin.