I’ve seen a lot of posts floating around the blogosphere about “essential oil safety” lately. There are differing opinions on the usage of essential oils, which is great! There is room for all types of thought. But what I don’t like are posts that border on fear-mongering and that freak out readers. While I appreciate bloggers trying to be educational, it does no good to create unnecessary fear. Even if they don’t create fear, some of them get pretty complicated and might induce “analysis paralysis” around the usage of essential oils.
I’m here to make essential oil safety simple and fear-free! There are just a few general rules about using these precious compounds. I do have one disclaimer: I can only make these recommendations with a certain brand of essential oils, which I use exclusively. It’s important to know the source, purity, and method of extraction before using any essential oil. While I’m not saying that this particular company is the only legitimate essential oil company around, they are the only one that I personally can wholeheartedly recommend. If you want to find out more about this particular brand, please email me at malori.mayor(at)gmail.com
1) Keep out of your eyes and ear canals. While it won’t kill you, getting peppermint in your eyes is no picnic! If this does happen, simply flush the area with coconut oil and it will stop the burning. The ear drum is another delicate area, so that’s the reason to keep them out of the ear canal. (Putting a drop on a cotton ball and sticking that gently in the ear is fine, though.)
2) Only ingest essential oils that have a Supplement Facts label on the bottle. This is a SUPER easy tip and one that doesn’t need much explaining! No Supplement Facts label? Just use topically and/or aromatically.
3) Dilute “hot” or “cold” essential oils with anyone, dilute essential oils with children and babies, and patch test essential oils with someone who has sensitive skin. I made the mistake once of rubbing cinnamon bark EO over my pancreas area when I felt my blood sugar had dipped. My mom warned me, but I said, “Naw, I’m tough.” Never again! My skin got red and irritated, so I diluted with coconut oil and was fine. That’s an example of a “hot” oil, but know that if you make a mistake like this it’s not the end of the world!
4) Store your essential oils away from direct sunlight, especially citrus oils. This is to prevent oxidation and to help them last longer. Now, if you accidentally leave them in sunlight or in a hot car once or twice, again – don’t freak out! They are still fine for usage, they just may not be quite as effective.
5) Use frequent, small amounts over the course of a day, instead of a lot just one time. We generally have this mindset that “bigger/more is better,” but with essential oils that isn’t necessarily the case. Consistency is key! If you’re trying to help ease joint pain, for example, applying 1-2 drops to the area every hour is going to be more effective than dumping 10 drops on the area once. The same goes with internal use. When you add lemon essential oil to your water, 1-2 drops per glass bottle refill is plenty.
See how easy that is? There’s no need to complicate this subject. Of course, learning more details about the mechanism of essential oils and more creative ways to use them is always a good thing! (PubMed.gov is an excellent place to find scientific studies.) But my advice is to stay away from resources that make you feel scared or that essential oils are too complicated – because they are actually safe and simple!
Are you interested in revolutionizing your health in 2015? Are you looking for a way to better take care of your family and children? Drop me a line at malori.mayor(at)gmail.com so we can put together a personalized plan just for you! :)