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Essential Oil Use and Safety Information

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Essential Oil Safety and Usage

Essential Oils are volatile and are flammable. There is some misconception about Essential Oils - yes, they are natural, but please use with caution and follow safety guidelines:

 

  • Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin - use a carrier (such as a fixed oil, in soap, in lotion etc).  There is an exception to this, and that is Lavender Essential Oil

  • Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy (particularly during the first trimester) or by those with asthma, epilepsy, or with other medical conditions - research the contraindications for each specific oil before use

  • Use with adequate ventilation - especially when adding to hot products like soap as you will get a rush of volatile oils as the oil is combined with hot soap

  • Some essential oils can be sensitising, so check on this before use

  • Some essential oils can be photo-sensitising (such as bergamot, citrus etc) which means you shouldn't go in the sun after application on exposed skin

  • Some essential oils negate the action of Rescue Remedy and homeopathic remedies

  • Have an eye rinse station nearby when using essential oils, or at least the sink and/or fridge.  Try and neutralise a spill with milk (which contains fat) or a fixed oil and then move to flush with water.  You may need to go to a hospital if essential oil is in your eye.  You use the fixed oil first as essential oils are not soluble in water

  • Wash hands and work surfaces after using essential oils

  • Store Essential Oils and Fragrances in the amber bottles we ship them in

  • Do not store or mix (blend) Essential Oils in plastic - once diluted in your lotion bottle they are fine, but not neat or for storage undiluted

  • If blending in a fixed oil, use a long shelf life oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, or Jojoba, or mix in small batches to avoid rancidity in the carrier

  • Store in dark glass bottles you receive them from us in - amber is good, blue is fine too

  • Store in a cool place, out of the sunlight

  • Keep away from naked flames

  • If you live in a hot climate, consider storage in the fridge, and bring to room temperature before use

  • Use aromatherapy grade, or 100% pure Essential Oils, and on the high end oils often the price will be your guide as to quality - Frangipani, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli  etc are very expensive in comparison to fragrance oils

  • Essential Oils are solvents, so will damage some bench tops, wooden furniture, carpets and vinyl flooring, computers and keyboards, and of course are a danger to CHILDREN AND PETS

  • It is a good idea to have a fire extinguisher in your work area, just in case

We recommend the use of an Essential Oil Encyclopaedia for specific information regarding Essential Oil use.

You can also download our Dilutions Guide on PDF, which has guidelines for Fragrance and Essential Oil usage amounts in personal care products.