Basic Guidelines for Using Essential Oils
1. Always store essential oils in a cool location with lids fastened tightly. Because the molecules are volatile, they can evaporate quickly. They should also be stored in amber or blue bottles to protect them from sunlight.
2. Treat essential oils like medicine. Take some time to learn about the oils and their effects. ‘Less is more’ when it comes to essential oils. A great way to learn about the various uses of essential oils is to visit the Essential Oils Testimonial website. You can simply search by condition and/or symptom. The Quick Reference Guide for Essential Oils is also a wonderful resource.
Get to know your oils! You want to be aware of any contraindications, such as not using citrus essential oils before going out in the sun because they are phototoxic, and can cause reactions on the skin for up to four days. There may be specific precautions for certain health conditions. Please do your due diligence.
3. Always have pure vegetable oil on hand in the event of discomfort or skin irritation. Never flush essential oils with water because this will exacerbate irritation. Instead, use a fatty vegetable oil like coconut, almond, or olive oil on the affected area. The fats will bond with the essential oil to quickly sooth any irritation or discomfort.
4. Anyone with a specific health concern, such as high blood pressure, should research any cautions related to their condition.
5. Oils containing menthol, such as peppermint, should not be used on the neck of a child under 30 months of age.
6. Avoid getting oils in your eyes. Should this ever happen, use a few drops of a almond, olive, or coconut oil on a tissue and dab it directly into the affected eye.
7. It is imperative to be familiar with which oils may be problematic during pregnancy. There are also several oils that are especially beneficial during pregnancy, before and after childbirth, and for newborn babies and infants.
8. Keep essential oils away from open flames, as some of them are flammable.