Essential Oils, Safety Precautions, Internal Use and Measures
Essential Oils are wonderful natural creations that, if used well, can be beneficial to your body, mind and soul. Essential Oils can be powerful and highly concentrated.
The following are some General Safety Precautions that all people should follow when using essential oils.
1. Internal Use of Essential Oils. All essential oil products ARE NOT FOR INTERNAL USE. The Leading Aromatherapy Associations (Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association, Aromatherapy Trade Council, and others) all state that therapeutic grade essential oils should not be taken internally (regardless of purity or organic origin) unless under the guidance of a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate level .
2. Essential Oils and Children. Keep all essential oils out of reach of children and pets as misuse of essential oils can cause harm.
3. Photosensitizing and Essential Oils. Do not use or recommend the use of photosensitizing essential oils prior to going into a sun tanning booth or the sun. It is Recommend that you stay out of the sun or sun tanning booth for at least twenty-four hours after using photosensitizing essential oils and were applied to the skin.
4. Constant Use of Same Essential Oils. Avoid prolonged use of the same essential oils.
5. Understanding your Essential Oils. Research and get to know all essential oils prior to using it.
6. Essential Oils and your Skin. Avoid the use of undiluted essential oils on the skin, unless otherwise indicated.
7. If you suspect you may be sensitive to specific essential oils or if you have known allergies or sensitivities, it may be wise to perform a skin patch test.
8. Know the safety data on each essential oil and place into context of use and knowledge.
9. Essential Oils and Pregnancy. Use caution when treating a female client who suspects she is pregnant or has been trying to become pregnant.
10. Your Eyes and Essential Oils. Keep essential oils away from the eyes.
11. Hazmat risk. Essential oils are highly flammable substances and should be kept away from direct contact with flames, such as candles, fire, matches, cigarettes, and gas cookers.17
Safety Measures that can be followed:
1. If essential oil droplets accidentally get into the eye (or eyes) a cotton cloth or similar should be imbued with a fatty oil, such as olive or sesame, and carefully swiped over the closed lid.18 And / Or, Immediately flush the eyes with cool water.
2. If an essential oil causes dermal irritation, apply a small amount of vegetable oil or cream to the area affected and discontinue use of essential oil or product that has caused dermal irritation.
3. If a child appears to have drunk several spoonfuls of essential oil, contact the nearest poison control unit (often listed in the front of a telephone directory). Keep the bottle for identification and encourage the child to drink whole or 2% milk. Do not try to induce vomiting