Caution and Use

Essential oils are very potent – always dilute with a carrier oil

  • Do not apply oils directly to the skin or eye
  • Keep away from children
  • Do not take essential oils internally
  • If you may be pregnant – see your doctor before use
  • If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems or epilepsy see your doctor before use

 

Health and Safety Guidance

First Aid

Eye Contact:

Wash your eyes with large amounts of milk for at least 15 minutes and seek medical advice if symptoms persist.

Ingestion:

Rinse mouth with milk. Swallow some milk and seek medical advice.

How to Use Essential Oils

Baths:

  • Blended bath oils : 5ml – 10ml (1 to 2 tea spoon full) into a running bath
  • Essential oils : Check the instructions on the bottle (or see product information – essential oils) – most can be used @ 4 drops in a bath.
  • Peppermint, Eucalyptus & Citrus Oils – 2 or 3 drops mixed with milk into a running bath.

Burner :

3 – 5 drops

Cotton wool ball or tissue :

2 drops

In carrier oil :

Amounts vary between 1% and 3% – usually 2 drops per 5ml (1 teaspoon) of carrier oil but please check the product information for individual oils

Advice and Warnings

If you are feeling unwell, see your doctor!

Aromatherapy does have valid and extraordinary uses. It can improve your lifestyle in amazing ways. However, as with anything in life, common sense needs to be applied. Please do not believe claims that aromatherapy can cure major illnesses. Aromatherapy can be very beneficial and helpful in assisting with major illnesses, but it cannot cure a serious illness.

Aromatherapy is a complementary health regime. It will help with stress or depression, but cannot cure them. It can help with physical conditions, or symptoms, change (uplift) your mood, or help with stress or other psychological factors and offers an alternative choice to taking prescription or over-the-counter man made chemical drugs. Aromatherapy can offer a real benefit for a variety of common ailments such as cuts, wounds, bruises, inflammation, indigestion, acne, skincare, hair care, hygiene, PMS, menstruation and for providing mental and emotional aid with such problems as stress, fatigue, anxiety and fear.

Be selective of where you purchase your essential oils.  The quality of essential oils varies. Some companies may falsely claim that their oils are undiluted or pure when they aren’t. If, for example, you see essential oils all at the same price, then there is something wrong!

Storage – Store your oils in dark glass bottles in a cool, dry, dark place away from any heat source and direct sunlight. Always use original containers. Avoid contact with polished surfaces or plastic.  Keep away from children.

Handling – Do not eat, drink or smoke when handling essential oils. Good personal hygiene is very important.

Spillage – Clean any spillage with an absorbent material (kitchen roll). Do not spill onto polished surfaces or use in plastic containers or baths.

Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. There are occasions when experienced aromatherapy users and practitioners make exceptions to this rule, most commonly with lavender (Lavendula officinalis) and Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), but only once significant experience with essential oils is gained. In most cases, you should never apply undiluted oil on the skin.

Some oils can cause sensitisation or allergic reactions in some individuals.

Never let children use essential oils without an experienced adult being present. Many essential oils have a great smell and a number of essential oils such as citrus oils can smell ‘like off the shelf’ drinks. Keep essential oils away from children. Treat oils like medicines that are toxic.

Essential oils should not be taken internally.  Essential oils should only be taken internally after consultation and advice from a trained and qualified aromatherapist.

Essential oils are flammable.  Please keep oils away from fire hazards.

Adverse reactions

When using an oil for the first time, do a skin test on a small area of skin. Place a small amount of the diluted essential oil (never use essential oils undiluted on the skin) on the inside of your arm or elbow and apply a loose bandage. Wait 24 hours to see if you have any negative reaction. Even if an oil is known to be safe (not known to cause irritation), you should still follow the above advice. An oil that does not irritate you, may still irritate another person. Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by people with asthma, epilepsy, heart conditions, high/low blood pressure or diabetes.

There are 3 principle types of adverse reaction that can occur when essential oils applied to the skin:

Sensitisation.

This is a much more serious problem than irritation (see below). Once a substance (e.g. an essential oil) has been introduced to the skin, it may cause permanent changes to the immune system – similar to a vaccination. On first application, no negative effects may be noticed. However, the body has now been sensitised, and next time the same (or a similar substance) is applied, a reaction may occur. The severity can be a mild itch through to severe anaphylactic shock. In aromatherapy the latter is almost unknown. Sensitisation is something to be on constant alert for. If after using any essential oil or absolute there is a reaction, (an irritating or burning sensation, a blotchy irritable skin or rash), then that particular oil (or an oil that is chemically similar) should not be used again.

Oils that may cause sensitisation in some individuals include Aniseed, Benzoin, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage (suspect), Dill Seed, Fennel, Jasmine Absolute, Junipers (suspect), Lemon (suspect), Orange (suspect), Pines (suspect) Rose Abs. (if used in high concentrations.), and Lemon Verbena. This list is not complete, and other oils may cause a negative reaction in particular cases.

Irritation.

This is the result of a substance coming into contact with the skin, and causing anything from a mild itch to burns. Once the substance is removed, and healing takes place, there should be no more problems.

Photosensitisation (sometimes referred to as phototoxicity).

This is the result of a substance coming into contact with the skin that can react with ultra violet light. The result can be anything from mild brown blotches through to severe burning of the skin. This condition can last a long time and exposure of the skin to ultra violet light will cause a reoccurrence. Remember that it is ultra violet light, which causes the problem, and this can occur even on relatively dull days.

Oils that may be photosensitive: Any citrus oil (especially Bergamot and Lime which should never be used on exposed skin prior to going out on a sunny or hazy day). Others oils include: Cumin, Mandarin, Lemon, Tangerine, Orange, Verbena (moderate), Grapefruit, Patchouli (mild), Cedarwood Virginian, and Petitgrain (very mild). The above oils should not be used if you plan on using a sun bed.

Oils to avoid

We recommend that you avoid the following oils if you have any of the conditions below :

  • If pregnant: Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Peppermint and Rosemary. The following oils (not stocked by us) should also be avoided: Basil, Birch, Hyssop, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Tarragon and Thyme.
  • For the first 4 months of pregnancy: Chamomile, Lavender and Rose.
  • If you are epileptic: Hyssop, Rosemary and Sweet Fennel (Camphor?)
  • If you are diabetic: Geranium (Camphor?)
  • If suffering from high blood pressure: Rosemary & Camphor and other oils that stimulate the heart.
  • If suffering from low blood pressure: most sedative oils.