Rules for Essential Oil Safety 

  1. Essential oils do not dissolve in water.  They must be diluted with some type of vegetable oil.
  2. Essential oils, in their concentrated  state, with few exceptions, should never come in contact with skin or mucous membranes.  Tea tree oil is one exception.  Seek advice from an expert about applying neat (undiluted) oils to skin.  Oils should always be diluted if using over a large area of the body.
  3. Never add undiluted essential oils to bath water.  Add the essential oil to a bath salt, egg, milk or bath gel first and then add it to the bath water.  This promotes dispersion of the oil.
  4. Generally, allergic people should use essential oils with caution.  The least sensitive area is the soles of the feet.
  5. Citrus oils can cause skin sensitization when the skin is exposed to the sun after application.  Avoid exposing the treated skin area to the sun for 12 to 24 hours after application.  Grapefruit oil is one exception.
  6. Some oils have very strong caustic characteristics and should be used very cautiously, generally in diluted form.
  7. Essential oils rich in menthol should not be used near the neck or throat of children under 3 years of age.
  8. Care must be taken to keep essential oil bottles tightly closed, out of the reach of children, and preferably in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
  9. Taking essential oils orally requires oils of impeccable quality and under the supervision of an appropriately trained doctor or therapist.
  10. Always have a good quality vegetable oil handy when using essential oils.  Use it to dilute essential oils before use and to absorb an  irritating essential oil off of the skin or mucous membrane.  Irritation can cause rash, redness, itchiness or burning.
  11. Drink plenty of water while using and handling essential oils.  Excess can cause headache, nausea.  If this happens, be sure to get fresh air and water.
  12. Do not drive or operate dangerous equipment after using sedative oils.
  13. Do not use oils directly on or near the eyes.  If  you accidentally get essential oil in eyes, flush with vegetable oil or full fat milk.  If irritation or stinging are not alleviated, seek medical assistance.
  14. Seek expert advice regarding using oils during pregnancy, if you have a liver condition, or if you are epileptic or hypertensive or have any medical condition.