Essential Oils can add much pleasure to your everyday life. The following is information to assist you in using your oils safely.
GUIDELINES & PRECAUTIONS CONCERNING ESSENTIAL
Essential oils are flammable.
Keep them out of the way of fire hazards and away from open flames.
ALWAYS dilute your oils before applying them for cleaning or to the skin. Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin.
There are instances when experienced aromatherapy users and practitioners make
exceptions to this precaution. only once significant essential oil knowledge is
gained should you ever attempt to apply an undiluted oil on the skin. Lavender
and tea tree are listed by a large number of aromatherapy sources as being oils
that can be used undiluted. Undiluted use of lavender and tea tree, however,
should be discouraged as severe sensitivity still could occur in some
individuals. Again, the safest rule of thumb is to never use any
essential oil undiluted.
Some oils can cause irritation,
sensitization or allergic reactions in some
individuals. When using a new oil topically for the first time,
do a skin patch test on a small area of skin (it's easy). Patch Test: Apply a small amount of diluted essential oils to a very small area of
your skin. Wait 24 hours. This will help you find any reactions before it's a
essential oils in the bath requires special care. Avoid oils that can cause sensitization. Oils that you should avoid in the bath
include but are not limited to basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove,
black pepper, and bay (Pimenta and Laurus).
Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by those with asthma, epilepsy, or with other
health conditions.Be sure to
research/review the safety precautions associated with each essential oil that
you use. Use During Pregnancy is a controversial issue however, the truth is that anything a mother
takes in the fetus also takes in. Which oils are harmful and not are still up
for debate although research shows the first 3 months to be the most important
for fetus development and the potential for essential oils to effect the fetus. Eucalyptus, if accidentally swallowed can cause
seizures. Use of this essential oil with aromatherapy or topically might have
the same effect for those who tend to have seizures.
Not all essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Wormwood,
pennyroyal, onion, camphor, horseradish, wintergreen, rue, bitter almond and
sassafras are examples of some of the essential oils that should only be used
by qualified aromatherapy practitioners, if ever at all.
Less IS More.
Caution: Always caution on the side of error. What that means is to
always start with very small amounts before using more. Use the smallest amount
of essential oil that will get the job done. Essential Oils are highly
concentrated so it's easy to overdo it so use caution. This is especially true
with children and pets.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children
and be sure to first read the recommended
dilution ratios for children.
Never let children use essential oils without the presence of an adult
knowledgeable about their use. Most
essential oils smell wonderful and many essential oils such as citrus oils can
smell like they are "yummy" and safe to drink. ALWAYS keep your
essential oils away from children. Treat the oils like medicines that are
poison in unknowing hands.
The same essential oils and blends that we use on ourselves are
not always safe to use on our dogs, cats, birds, horses or other pets. Cats,
for instance, are especially sensitive to essential oils. Many essential oils,
including tea tree, are said to be quite toxic to cats. Their systems,
particularly their kidneys, are not able to safely process essential oils.
Ingest: If you are new to essential oils it is best to
avoid ingestion until you find someone who can teach you, or you learn enough
to do it properly. Although they can be amazing additions to flavor food, and
they also have their benefits, it's still important to skip this at first.
EVER put any essential
oils into your eyes, ears, or nose. In fact, don't put them into any part of
your body other than your skin unless you know what you are doing.
Interaction with Medication & Supplements: Just because essential oils are natural doesn't mean that they won't interact
with other medicines or oils. Anise when inhaled might lower
the antidepressant effects of some medications and increase the effects of
drugs that affect the central nervous system. Be sure to consult with a physician and do your
research if you take medications of any type or over the counter supplements on
a regular basis. It isn't extremely common, but it is a potential problem.
Educate: Learn about the effects of the
oils you intend to use. Don't use any oils you have not researched well enough
to know the positive and negative effects they could have.
Some common reactions to popular Essential Oils:
Sensitivity - Citrus oils. Grapefruit, lemon, or
orange (Bergamot) essential oils when diluted and applied topically can cause sensitivity & significant skin
damage, burning on exposure to the sun.
Cinnamon if applied without diluting can cause mucous
membrane irritation, contact dermatitis, facial flushing, double vision,
nausea, and vomiting.
High doses of sage in aromatherapy, or when diluted and used topically, might
have neurological effects with vomiting, dizziness, seizures, and other
Nutmeg may cause a rash or a burn if applied
topically. It is toxic and can cause hallucinations and even coma if accidentally ingested
Lavender- Topical application has been shown to affect
hormones in prepubescent boys.
Tea Tree when applied topically can cause rash or
irritation. This essential oil may also affect hormones in prepubescent boys.
Peppermint can cause rash and other irritation
when applied to skin.
APPLY TO THE SKIN:
Essential oils are fat soluble and are immediately absorbed by the skin. A
popular way to enjoy your essential oils is to simply apply them to your skin
for absorption – though never
directly on the skin, but always
mixed and diluted with a carrier oil. Popular choices for carrier oils are
coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil or grape
seed oil. Popular areas of applying essential oils to your skin are on your
wrists, your temples, your feet, or behind your ears.
Enjoy your essential oils by quickly getting a sniff of your favorite scent
anytime during the day!
You may choose to carefully inhale your essential oils.
Open the bottle of essential oils, hold it up against your nose or place a few
drops on a tissue, and take a deep
breath to inhale and enjoy. When using a new essential oil for the first
time, only use one drop to make sure you don’t have a reaction or sensitivity
to the oil.
More about Essential Oil Inhalers... Essential oil inhalers are small
containers usually made of plastic. Just add 15 drops of your favorite
Essential Oil or Blend to the cotton wick of your inhaler & it’s ready for
use whenever you need it. Inhalers have
several parts. See photo below:
Reasons to use an Essential Oil Inhaler:
They are portable! Toss an inhaler in your purse or pocket & you're good to go! They are small (lipstick size), lightweight & ready to use whenever you want.
Inhalation is one of the most effective ways to get all the great therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
The 15 drops of Essential Oils in your inhaler can last up to 1 month or more.
The use of an inhaler doesn't affect those around you. When you want to use an essential oil that isn't safe for or liked by those around you, a personal inhaler is a great alternative to diffusing. Essential Oil Inhalers are available in the Essential Oil Section.
Steam Inhalation can be used with both relaxing or energizing oils depending on
your mood & needs.
Boil 2-3 cups of water, pour it into a bowl and add 2-5
drops of oil to the water. Place your nose about 12” away from the bowl, cover
your head and bowl with a towel, and slowly
inhale the steam. Using either energizing or relaxing essential oils can
make this method useful any time of the day or night. If you notice any
discomfort or irritation, stop immediately. Steam inhalation can be quite
effective if it’s used with care. It is a very powerful and useful therapy for
our health. Actually, it is one of the best and safe solutions to treat
symptoms of the common cold & flu. It’s great for clearing up sinuses.
USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER:
Electronic Diffusers are designed to disperse a super fine mist of essential
oils. They will gently fill the air with the aroma and healing benefits of the
essential oil of your choice within minutes. Diffusers are not only decorative
but they can also serve as night lights. Put a few drops of essential oils in
your diffuser, turn it on, and circulate the oil into your room. Remember that essential oils are flammable, making the
electronic diffusing method safer and more versatile to use. You can plug-in an
electronic diffuser anywhere in your home or office, without the need to
carefully watch the flame. FLOBOcreations carries a large variety & different
styles of Aromatherapy Misters & Diffusers.
USE IN A BATH:
Adding essential oils to your bath is an amazing way to take a relaxing time-out during your busy day. Buy a box of
simple Epsom Salt as the base for your essential oils. Never place essential oils directly into the bath as they will
float on top of the water and transfer directly to the skin which, depending
on the essential oil, can burn the skin. Use with Epsom Salt is highly
recommended. If you just drop the
oils into the water, they will not dissolve as nicely as they do when first
mixed into the salts, which then dissolve beautifully. Don’t combine any
other chemically produced soaps or products into this mix in an effort to fully
enjoy all the benefits of the essential oil and Epsom Salt alone.
Essential oils are too concentrated and strong to use for massage without
diluting. You need to mix them in with neutral-smelling a carrier oils such as
sweet almond oil or grape seed oil. Add up to 20 drops of essential oil to 1
ounce of carrier oil. Massages are shown to be very therapeutic. Massage
usually works on all big muscle groups within the body. It is extremely
important to remember that if giving (or getting) a massage, the strokes should
always go towards the heart. If not, you are not going to receive the full
advantages of the massage.
Carry your favorite Essential Blend with you as you go about your day. Lava
Bracelets are very popular & so easy to use. They are decorative too! They
usually are made of all Lava Beads or a combination of Lava, Gem Stone or
Wooden Beads. You simply place a drop or two of your favorite oil on the Lava
Bead, let it absorb into the stone & you are set! Also popular are Diffuser
Pendants. Like the bracelets, these usually have Lava Stone Beads or a Felt Pad
to absorb the Essential Oil. Wear your favorite scent in style. FLOBOcreations
carries a full line of Aromatherapy Jewelry for your diffusing needs.
CARE OF YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS
Keep your Essential Oils out of
the heat and away from the sun and the light. This is why FLOBOcreations
packages all our essential & fragrance oils in amber bottles. It is best to
store essential oils in a cool, dark place or room. Extreme heat can diminish
the medicinal/therapeutic properties of essential oils. Make sure to keep cap
tightly closed. It is best to use your essential oils within one year, although
they will last much longer than that if taken care of properly
The information that we have provided
regarding Essential Oils is general and should not be taken as medical advice. Essential
Oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or
disorder. Consult your doctor, especially if being used during pregnancy or if
prone to seizures. Use caution when using Essential Oils around Children &
Pets. Some oils when diffused can be toxic to pets.
FLOBOcreations is not
responsible for users who use Essential Oils unsafely. Educate yourself about
Essential Oils before using them. Extensive information, and reference
information from legitimate sources is available on the web for users to
educate themselves. If buyers/users choose not to educate themselves and use
any essential oil irresponsibly, that is not the fault of this business. FLOBOcreations
is not responsible for any ill-fated reactions, i.e. sensitivity, irritation,
phototoxicity, internal damage (taking internally), illness, death, etc., etc.
due to usage of any essential oil information on this website/not on this
website, or essential oil sold on this website or sold at arts & crafts
shows. Users assume all responsibility once product passes into their hands.