• Safety •
Essential oils are very potent. It’s important you do your research, know about the components of the oil you are using and the recommended usage for each oil. The only oils I feel safe using are pure therapeutic grade oils. You can make your own choice, but please research the quality and testing before you buy.
Maximum Therapeutic Quality
- The effectiveness of the oils has a direct correlation to the level of purity of the essential oil. Click here to find out which company I recommend because this company has the highest level of testing of any of the companies I’ve researched. (The FDA won’t allow me to tell you in the same space where I educate you) To get info about this company’s testing methods, click here.
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Know how the essential oil is meant to be used
- Essential oils are very powerful. Please be aware of what oils are recommended for internal, aromatic or topical use and which oils can be sensitive to your skin.
- Review proper use and skin sensitivity
- Never take any essential oils internally unless they are pure therapeutic grade and you have discussed the protocol with your doctor or a trained essential oil educator.
- Look on the bottle. For the oils I use, if there are nutrition supplement facts on the bottle, then that particular oil is safe to take internally following recommended guidelines. If there are no supplement facts, the oil is not meant to be taken internally.
How to Avoid Adverse Reactions
- Be up front about allergies and medical conditions – discuss these with your essential oil educator so that he or she can advise you on oil use.
- Use the smallest amount possible to get desired effect. Oils are powerful. Some essential oils require only one drop to do their job.
- Remove anything causing a negative reaction immediately by using a carrier oil to dilute on the skin and wiping off, repeat. Do not use water to wash off. Water drives oils deeper into the skin and spreads them around.
Most users will will find that certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils cause fewer reactions than any other essential oil which may contain synthetics.
- Wait a minimum of 12 hours before going into the sun when using photosensitive oils.
- Your skin can have an adverse reaction when sunlight is paired with a photosensitive oil. Some people report variations of burns, like a long-lasting sunburn after sun exposure with photosensitive oils. Some have experienced bleaching of the skin. Everybody reacts differently. Play it safe and don’t use these oils topically if you know there might be a chance you’ll be in the sun for more than a few minutes at a time within the next 24 hours from when you want to apply.
- Oils that may cause phototoxicity and photosensitivity include:
- Respiratory Blend (Lemon)
- Invigorating Blend (Bergamot, Lemon)
- Cleansing Blend (Lemon, Lime)
- Metabolic Blend (Lemon, Grapefruit)
“I’m in the sun all the time! I want to use photosensitive oil in the summer. How?”
- Diffuse. Using your diffuser is a much safer alternative to experiencing pure essential oils during sunny days. Unless you were to sit with your face directly over the diffuser (not recommended), by diffusing essential oils aromatically, the particles of the oils are not concentrated enough in one spot to cause the same level of photosensitivity as when you apply those oils topically to the skin.
- Apply topically on feet. Be advised! Your feet get sun exposure too. Only apply if you are very careful to keep the oil on the very bottoms of the feet. If you are wearing socks, then you are good to go!
- Use with extreme caution or not at all during the first trimester.
- Best ways to use are aromatically with a diffuser or inhaled.