The safety aspect of essential oils is a very important issue! Some oils, such as pennyroyal, should never be used in aromatherapy due to its high toxicity levels, while certain other oils such as white camphor, should be used in moderation only. However, the potential hazards of any essential oil depends entirely on how much is used and under what circumstances. Precise instructions and information on usage, exact botanical origin and up-to-date safety data on specific essential oils should always be taken into account.
Remember, it is important to always use high quality essential oils from a reputable supplier at home if they are to be effective and safe. Before using any essential oil, we recommend you take the following simple precautions:
- Always check specific safety data before using an essential oil.
- Do not take essential oils internally – they are extremely concentrated and can be harmful!
- In general, essential oils should not be applied undiluted to the skin, although there are a few exceptions to the rule.
- Do not use essential oils on new-born babies and note that some oils are contra-indicated for infants (children under six). Always use the essential oils at half the recommended dilution for children under twelve.
- Some oils should be avoided during pregnancy, others during the first 4 months only. Always use the essential oils at half the recommended dilution during pregnancy.
- Some oils should be avoided when in combination with drinking alcohol or using homeopathic remedies, and in cases of high-blood pressure, epilepsy or allergies.
- Do not use essential oils at home to treat serious or long-standing medical or psychological problems – if in doubt consult a doctor or qualified therapist.
- Store in dark bottles, away from light and heat, and well out of reach of children.
- Avoid contact with eyes and delicate areas of the skin. Rinse immediately with plenty of cold water in cases of irritation.
All our products have clear safety instructions on the label: please always read these guidelines prior use.