Yes, this is kind of a long list. But well, they are all important! Guess this is the scientist in me. Waving my peace signs around does help to spread love, light, and all those good vibes, but unfortunately will not magically save me (or you) from unsafe and careless use of these delicate beauties from nature. So please read, review, and if you have any questions – just ask! Peace and love, peace and love…
General Safety Precautions
- Keep all essential oils out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. A trained professional in essential oils can recommend safe and effective use. Please see my other blog posts for more explanation on each group.
- Please note that certain animals should NEVER be given essential oils.
- Do not ingest oils. Please consult medical attention immediately if this occurs.
- Do not use photosensitizing essential oils before to going into a sun tanning booth (Do you really want to do this anyhow?) or the sun. Please wait at least 24 hours. This refers to essential oils that are applied topically to one’s skin. Please see my blog post on photosensitizing essential oils for more clarification on this.
- Certain essential oils or combinations of essential oils are not recommended for use with some medical conditions. These include having a personal history or family history of certain cancers, hypertension, epilepsy, or asthma. If you have allergies, hay fever, are taking certain medications, or are pregnant, please consult with a trained professional before using essential oils too.
- Avoid the use of undiluted (neat) essential oils on the skin, unless otherwise directed to do so. Some pure essential oils can be used undiluted; there are a select amount of them. Always speak with a trained professional to be sure of the right frequency, intensity, and duration of use.
- It is recommended to use a patch test before applying any products to the skin. You can do so by placing a few drops of the essential oil onto a bandaid and put on your forearm. Check this area after 12 and 24 hours. If this location does not show any signs of dermal reaction, the essential oils would appear to be safe for your topical use.
- If you have allergies or sensitivities to particular flowers, nature, or food-related allergies, you most likely will be sensitive or allergic to these same things in essential oils. After all, pure essential oils come in a highly concentrated amount! A couple of examples of this would be: if you are allergic to ragweed, then you may have allergies to roman or german chamomile essential oils, as they are harvested from the same plant family. However if you suffer from hay fever (not resulting from ragweed), then these delightful chamomiles (german especially) may be helpful due to their anti-allergenic properties. If you had a food allergy to sage, then topically use of it may prove the same type of reaction to it aw well. (Holistic tidbit… regular chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, acupressure, foot reflexology… all can help to strengthen your immune system and decrease/eliminate allergies.)
- Keep essential oils away from the eyes. Plain and simple. Always close your eyes when misting or spraying an essential oil blend. Always wash your hands after topical use of any blends. Err on the side of caution and use common sense.
- Accidents do happen… If you were to get any essential oils in your eyes, flush your eyes with whole milk or cream (any kind – almond, cow, soy), and then water for at least five minutes. Please consult a doctor.
- If you do happen to have an unfavorable reaction to using any essential oils topically, please use whole fat milk or cream. This is the best way to quickly remove these oils from your skin. If you do not have whole milk or cream, use a carrier oils such as grapeseed oil, jojoba, olive oil, etc. Once removed, please flush with water and allow to air dry. Discontinue use and contact whomever you purchased your product from to let them know.
Why whole fat milk or cream? Essential oils are not water-soluble. They need to bind with a fatty substance to be absorbed.
- Essential oils are highly flammable substances and should be kept away from direct contact with flames of any kind. Always store them in a cool, dry, and happy place. Yes, I did say 'happy'. Since essential oils are practically the life force energy of plants, being kind to them is just like being kind to our planet. Mother Earth will appreciate this! Keeping essential oils in the refrigerator helps to prolong their shelf life as well.
- Essential oils may stain your clothes.
- Always clean up any spills right away. The best way to clean up an essential oils spills is with grain alcohol (100 proof vodka).
- Avoid prolonged use of the same essential oils. You will know when your body, mind, and spirit have absorbed all that it needs from a particular essential oil or blend. It may not longer resonate with you, or you will feel a strong internal urging to try something new. Please honor your body’s wisdom!
Peace and Love,
Clinical aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to help bring balance to physical, emotional, and psychological wellness goals. Essential oils are natural essences extracted through steam distillation or expression of aromatic plants. Each oil has its own unique aroma and its own therapeutic properties based on its chemical makeup.
Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process. ~ National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
Kristin graduated from a 250 hour R.J. Buckle Associates course, Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals at Boston Medical Center in March of 2013. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner (CCAP). This intensive module-based program consisted of 33 clinical case studies, cumulative exam, and presentation of a research project. This course is designed for health care professionals.
Kristin uses both Eastern and Western approaches to aromatherapy by choosing essential oils for their chemistry and known clinical outcomes (Western) as well as their energetic affinity for body systems (Eastern).
After a rather long road to publication beginning in 2013, I am excited to share that my research on essential oils has been published in the IJPHA 2015 issue (International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy.) YAY! My research tested the effectiveness of a blend of essential oils during the recovery phase of long distance runners.
Click on PDF link below to read about this on page 25. Thank You!