While it can be exciting to jump right into using essential oils, it’s better to take a slower approach and build up your usage gradually. Your body can have a detox reaction to the use of too many oils and there are some essential oil safety tips you should follow. Here are a few important things to remember:
- Keep the oils away from eyes and ears
- If you do get oil in your eyes or ears, flush with a carrier oil (like olive oil), NOT water
- Always test a new oil before use (see below)
- For most applications, 1-3 drops is sufficient
- Dilution with a carrier oil is recommended
- Keep bottles closed and store them in a cool, dark location
- Keep oils out of reach of children
- Some oils are photosensitive and shouldn’t be used on skin that will be exposed to sunlight
- Pregnant women should consult their physician before use
- Those who suffer from epilepsy or have high blood pressure should consult their physician before use
- Those with asthmatic conditions should take care with essential oil inhalation
- If adding oils to the bath, mix with bath salts or gel before adding to bath water
It’s important to skin test new oils before use, especially for those with allergies. Dilute a drop of oil in a little bit of carrier oil and apply to a small area of your forearm. You’ll want to make sure that area is clean (no lotions or other products, which can cause a reaction). Sometimes a new oil can cause a localized reaction because of chemicals on your skin or even within your body. If you experience any redness or skin irritation, clean your skin and reapply the oil. If that still doesn’t help, try a different oil or blend. If you find it occurs quite often, you may need to cleanse your body of the build-up of toxins and chemicals.
Essential oils cause a natural detoxification, so slow use is always recommended. Reactions can take as long as 2-3 days to occur. Also make sure you are consuming extra liquids. If you’re not providing a way for your body to flush out the toxins, you could experience nausea or headaches.