When using essential oils in a diffuser, other device or recipe, you MUST know a few important facts to be safe. The following facts will allow you to do just that.
Using Essential Oils Safety
Dilution: Never use undiluted essential oil directly on the skin. Because the oil is so strong it can produce burning or another negative reaction, up to and including potentially deadly allergic shock. Always dilute the oil in water for diffuser use, a carrier oil or cream such as Shea butter.
Known Allergies: If you have a known allergy, you WILL have an allergic reaction to the essential oil of that substance. No exceptions; and the reaction will most likely be much worse because of the condensed nature of essential oils. A lot of the plant or food to which you are known to be allergic is required to make a single drop of oil so it only makes sense the allergic reaction would be worse.
Skin Test: Perform a safe skin test before using an essential oil you have not used before. To do this, wet a cotton ball and add one drop of oil. Massage the oil into the cotton ball and apply to skin in an inconspicuous spot that you can easily see. Wait 24 to 48 hours to ensure there is no negative reaction such a reddening, itching or appearance of a rash before using the oil.
Read Instructions on Devices: Be sure to completely read instructions included with any diffuser or other device before using. Some diffusers require purified water while others, like the Aromasent, can use plain tap water. Be aware of any precautions included in the instructions such as safe electric practices, what parts of the device should remain dry to ensure the life of your product.
Pricing: When purchasing essential oils, realize that paying more does not mean a better essential oil. Only a few companies in the world mass produce therapeutic quality essential oils because the process is expensive and requires vast quantities of plant material. Therefore, the difference in price is largely due to packaging, profit, promotion and public relations. An unusually cheap essential oil, however, may have been diluted with some type of carrier oil or other non-essential product, so avoid any deal that seems too good to be true.
Essential Oil Safety
Storage: Essential oils will last for decades if stored properly. Proper storage means the container should be glass and either amber, brown or blue in color. The top should contain a restrictor so that one drop at a time can be extracted. If a dropper is used, the rubber on the dropper will deteriorate over time and must be replaced to ensure the integrity of the essential oil. Also, keep essential oils in cool, dark locations.
With these simple precautions, you can use essential oils safely and enjoy all the benefits of incorporating essential oils and diffusers in your health and pleasure regimes.
Essential Oils Guide