Hopefully our last post left you feeling more confident about what essential oils are and their basic uses. We are just starting to venture into this world and before we start moving in too deep we wanted to cover some safety tips. It may not seem like there is much that would go along with them, but you’d be surprised! Because there are compounds that are within the oils from the plant they will react and do certain things that you may have not been expecting or may interact with your body in a not so favorable way.
If you are unsure how you will react to an oil you can test it on your skin before you go ahead and use it. You do this by putting a couple drops of the pure essential oil into about a teaspoon of carrier oil and applying it to the inside of your forearm. It is recommended to wait 24-48 hours to see if any irritation occurs to know if it is safe to continue use. This is really important to do because you never know how you may react. For me, I am sensitive to eucalyptus which will make my sinuses and head go crazy if it is diffused, or will cause bumps on my skin if I apply it topically. For some people eucalyptus works awesome, but I know for myself that I should steer clear. Gaining this insight will be beneficial and help you find what essential oils work best for you.
There are some other things to keep in mind as you are beginning to use essential oils like photo sensitivity and safety for children and pets.
Citrus essential oils (Lemon, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot, Lime, and Orange) are photosensitive, meaning when they are applied to the skin they will make your skin more sensitive to light. So if you are applying any citrus oils to your skin you want to make sure that you are not going to be going out into the sun or that your skin is properly covered. You can always diffuse the citrus oils instead because that will not cause the sensitivity to be present on your skin.
Pregnancy, Infants, & Children
This next section is super important because we always want to be sure that we are keeping the kiddos safe! Not all essential oils are going to be safe to use around children or will need to be diluted down extremely.
Always be sure to check the bottles of essential oils because many will tell you if it is or is not safe to use around children, and just to be safe give it a good ‘ole search too. Some oils are not advised to be used during pregnancy, labor, or breastfeeding either, so be sure to keep that in mind.
Oils to avoid while pregnant, in labor, or nursing:
Aniseed, Basil ct. estragole, Birch, Camphor, Hyssop, Mugwort, Parsley Seed or Leaf, Pennyroyal, Sage, Tansy, Terragon, Thuja, Wintergreen, Wormwood
For babies older than three months you can start diffusing some oils to help with relaxation. Some essential oils can be used, like lavender, for healing or nourishing the skin as well, but be sure to dilute it! There are proper ratios for dilution and you can get much more in depth information about those here.
Now, we can’t forget about our furry friends! It can be easy to just start going at it diffusing oils without thinking how they can be affecting the animals in the house. Roberta has a great story (because it ends happily) where she almost killed a cat because she was diffusing oils but didn’t realize that they were bad for it! Needless to say it is super important and not all oils are bad for cats and dogs alike.
I hope that this post makes you feel even more comfortable and aware of using essential oils in your home. Now that we have all the safety bases covered we can start moving into more fun stuff like DIYs and using them around the house. Comment below if you have any questions or if there is anything you want to see!
By, Erica Roy
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