When used properly, essential oils are absolutely safe, even for elderly, infants, and during pregnancy. However, there are certain safety guidelines that must be met in order to ensure safe usage. Below is a list of some of the most common and important ones, but please also check out Young Living's list of safety guidelines as well as our Common Scents Precautions document for more information.
-When using topically: dilute, dilute, dilute! Especially for children and elderly.
-Drink plenty of water when using essential oils to help your body flush out toxins that the oils will help it to break down and dispel.
-Do not put essential oils directly in eyes or ear canal; it will burn. If you do get essential oils in your eye, do not use water. Instead, put a carrier oil around the eye for relief.
-If an essential oil feels hot to the skin, put a carrier oil on the area and it will bring relief.
-Pregnant women, epileptics, and those with high blood pressure should consult their doctors as there are a few oils that should be avoided.
-Citrus oils are photosensitive, so if applied topically, avoid being in the sun for a long period of time.
-If you are allergic to anything, always read the label.
-Young Living always recommends doing a patch test prior to the first use of a new oil. To perform a patch test, simply apply 1-2 drops to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Watch for noticeable reactions for 1-2 hours, although most reactions will occur in the first 5-10 minutes. A rash or a hot/burning sensation can be counteracted by adding a carrier oil (such as olive, coconut, or Young Living’s V-6 oil).
- And always remember: