Contraindications in Usage of Essential Oils

By Rania Watts

I had no idea there were so many contractions in the usage of essential oils. There are safety measures that must be considered when using essential oils.  

– They are not water soluble. 

– Ensure that you dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil and do a skin patch test to ensure your body will not react to it. 

-There are some oils that are Phototoxic (which basically means that if some essential oils are applied to skin before sun exposure it can cause the skin to burn not only darker, but also at an expedited rate). 

Out of all the essential oils out there, the only ones that can be used undiluted are either Tea Tree or Lavender (as discovered by the founder of Aromatherapy who used lavender on his skin before he coined the term). 

If you find that your body is not reacting well to an essential oil with any prickly, irritating sensation then spread a carrier oil over the area for the essential oil to be completely absorbed, eliminating skin irritation. Also if you are going to purchase an essential oil, ensure that you are as close to the pure ingredients as possible. 

“Certain oils are not recommended or should be used with caution. Read each oil’s safety data before use. People with the following conditions should take caution with respect to the below listed oils: Epilepsy, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Pressure, Pregnancy, Babies and Children under 5 years if age.” (Escents Aromatherapy) 

As always be mindful of what you are using your essential oils for and if you are not sure how to proceed there are a plethora of essential oils specialists on this earth who can be contacted with any question you may have.

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