Herbal Homekeeping: Aromatherapy – Part IV of VI

Rose Pnk   Important PRECAUTIONS & Considerations When Using Essential Oils 

Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they must be treated with respect. It is important to be knowledgeable about them and their properties.


Note the label warning and cautions.


Most applications require only drops, NOT ounces.


Keep oils tightly closed in dark glass bottles; store in cool, dry, dark locations, out of reach of children; and NEVER ingest.


Always skin test before using: dilute a small amount and apply to skin on arm. Do NOT use if redness or irritation occurs. If at any time redness, burning or itching occur, stop using oils immediately.


Do NOT use undiluted (“straight” or “neat”) on the skin — first dilute with vegetable oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil.


Avoid eyes and mucous membranes when using essential oils.


These oils may be irritating to the skin: allspice, bitter almond, cinnamon bark, cinnamon leaf, clove bud, sweet fennel, fir needle, lemon Melissa, peppermint, tea tree and wintergreen.


These oils make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light ~ do NOT go out in the sun with these on your skin: angelica, and ALL citrus oils.


These oils should NOT be used by anyone with epilepsy: hyssop, sage, sweet fennel, and rosemary.


These oils should NOT be used by anyone with high blood pressure: hyssop, rosemary, sage, and thyme.


REMEMBER: Aromatherapuetic applications require pure, high quality essential oils — in selecting, it is important to consider:


   *100% pure and natural             *extraction method and plant part used to produce

   *country of origin                       *company reputation providing the oils

   *growing season


Do NOT self-diagnose ailments! To treat serious or complicated disorders, seek advice and guidance from a qualified aromatherapist or health practitioner.



In the next post, additional cautionary information will be pointed out to help you use and enjoy essential oils safely.


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