Essential oil safety guide

Essential oils are highly concentrated, and they can be harmful if not used carefully. Implementing aromatherapy into your lifestyle shouldn't cause paranoia or undue worry, but it is important to learn about and heed essential oil safety. By treating essential oils with respect and following the steps outlined below, you will be well on your way to safely enjoying the many benefits that essential oils can offer.

General Safety Precautions

  1. Store out of children's reach.
  2. Keep out of the sun or sun tanning booths for at least 24 hours if photosensitizing essential oils were used.
  3. Avoid repeatedly using the same essential oils over a long period of time.
  4. Only use oils you are well-informed about.
  5. Do not use undiluted oils on skin, unless otherwise indicated.
  6. Perform a skin patch test if you may be sensitive or have allergic reactions.
  7. Make sure you are familiar with each oil’s safety data sheet before use.
  8. Use precaution when applying or using essential oils if pregnant.
  9. Do not apply essential oils near or in eyes.
  10. Keep away from flame. Oils can be highly flammable.
  11. Appropriate ventilation required in an area where essential oils are being used.
  12. Do not ingest under any circumstances.
  13. Previous education required before using essential oils.
  14. Do not apply to wounds without being well-informed about the oil in use.
  15. If any oils cause pain or react with your skin, seek medical advice.

​These safety guidelines are not a complete safety reference for the proper use of essential oils. When in doubt, consult your physician and/or a qualified and trained aromatherapy practitioner. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications.