Cautions and Care Using Essential Oils

    Essential Oils are highly concentrated substances, and it is important to be aware of, and follow a few cautionary guidelines to help you gain the most benefit.

  1. It is not recommended that Essential Oils are taken internally.
  2. It is best to avoid certain Essential Oils during pregnancy. Check with your physician if you are unsure about using any essential oils while pregnant including: Basil, Clary Sage, Juniper, Rosemary, Marjoram, Fennel, Clove Bud, Cypress, Camomile, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Cedarwood. (Caution need not apply to oils used in vapourisers).
  3. Some oils can cause skin photosensitisation to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Avoid exposure for at least four hours after treatment. Photosensitive Oils are Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit.
  4. It is best for people with high blood pressure, epilepsy, neural disorders or kidney disease to avoid certain oils. (e.g. Cypress, Rosemary, Juniper, Black Pepper). Consult a professional Aromatherapist prior to using any oils if suffering from these problems.
  5. Essential Oils are not a substitute for any drugs which are being taken far any serious illness, disorder or disease. It is always advisable to consult a qualified therapist before considering using any essential oils if suffering from any serious problems. When using oils to relieve temporary ailments, if pain or discomfort persists, always consult a qualified practitioner.
  6. Keep to within the recommended dosage of the oils. Using too much will often have the opposite effect to that which you are trying to achieve and may build up toxicity within the body, especially Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage and Marjoram.
  7. Essential Oils should always be used diluted, unless otherwise recommended.
  8. Keep out of reach of children.
  9. Store in well sealed, dark glass containers, in a cool place, away from sunlight to prolong the life, and to preserve the therapeutic powers of your essential oils.
  10. Avoid using essential oils near the eyes or other sensitive areas.
  11. Avoid contact with plastic, varnished or painted surfaces.
  12. When blending oils, use a stainless steel, glass or ceramic container. Not plastic.
  13. Do not use essential oils on Newborn babies until 2 weeks old and then use only 1 drop of Lavender in the bath, (or in 20ml of carrier oil for a bonding-massage) until the age of 4 months. For use on children up to 5 years, all essential oil dosages given for adults must be divided by 4 (one quarter dilution). For use on children 5 to 12 years, all essential oil dosages given for adults must be divided by 2 (one half dilution). Approach with care whenever making blends for children or the frail elderly.
  14. Avoid using certain essential oils if alcohol has been consumed or before driving: such as Clary Sage, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang (the Euphoric Oils).
  15. Some oils may irritate sensitive skin, especially the Citrus oils. Always do a "Skin Patch Test" to inner arm before applying oils to larger areas.
  16. Steam Inhalations should be approached with caution by Asthmatics. Use only as a preventative measure, never during an attack.

  17. If in doubt about a particular blend, it is always wise to obtain advice from a professional Aromatherapist or contact Roonka.
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