Safety on Essential Oils
Essential oils, if used correctly, are safe, effective, and pleasant to use. They are, however, highly concentrated, potent, and volatile, and should therefore be used with certain precaution. Overdosing or using essential oils incorrectly can cause an opposite effect, sensitization, and/or an adverse reaction. Below are some general guidelines for safe use:
- Never ingest essential oils internally. (Diagnosis, prescription and administering of essential oils for ingestion should only always be from a practicing, licensed and qualified medical doctor cum aromatherapist).
- Do not use essential oils undiluted on skin.
- Do not use essential oils in the bath if you have very sensitive or allergy-prone skin.
- Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes.
- Seek professional/medical advice before use if your are pregnant or have a medical condition such as epilepsy, high blood pressure etc.
- If you have an adverse allergic reaction to an essential oil, stop use immediately, wash affected area thoroughly with clean water, and seek professional/medical advice.
- Some essential oils have specific contra-indications. Always read the Safety precautions under each oil and on labels if any.
- Keep essential oils away from reach, from children and pets. For example, as little as 3.5ml accidental ingestion of eucalyptus essential oil can be fatal.
- Essential oils are flammable and may corrode polished surfaces, rubber and plastic.
- Store neat essential oils in dark glass bottles, upright, away from bright sunlight, at a cool temperature.