Essential oils are nature's unique remedy for good health and beauty. They are very powerful with uncountable uses but it's very important to understand how to use them, because they can become dangerous.
Here are 5 safety measures you should take before using these essential oils.
1 - Use diluted amounts of some essential oils:
Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. However there are exceptions within the essential oils but it's better to be safe than sorrow. Essential oils can be diluted with essential oils when you have to use it on the skin. Three to five drops of essential oil can be added to the carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil and can be used safely on the skin.
2 - Photo sensitivity of certain oils:
Essential oils are very powerful they have some constituents that make the skin more sensitive to UV rays. This causes blistering, discoloration of the skin or burning more easily from minor sun exposure. To avoid this it's better to apply the essential oils on a small area on your arm to look for any possible reactions or side effects.
Here is a story we ran across during research:
A woman is sharing her painful photos on Facebook to warn others about the dangers of mixing essential oils and sun.
Elise Nguyen posted these photos of her third degree burns to Facebook after she applied the oils to her neck and wrists because she was going to a hot yoga class. After class, she used a tanning bed and the pictures are gruesome.
Nguyen admitted in her post that she noticed a warning label on the DoTerra oil bottle. The label warns users to avoid sunlight and UV rays for at least 12 hours after applying.
“I'm not blaming the company, it was my own damn fault. But every yogi that I've talked to has no clue that this could have happened,” she added in her post.
Her post has been been shared over 141,000 times.
3 - Internal use of essential oils:
Essential oils are natural but they are equivalent to 10-15 cups of herbal tea so there reaction to the body may be uncertain in some cases or there consumption may not be safe. Sometimes during extraction impurities might remain in the oil so its internal use may cause damage to your body.
Many essential oils are considered “GRAS” or Generally Recognized as Safe for food and cosmetic use. However, most essential oils have not been studied, especially in concentrated internal amounts. Things like vinegar, salt and baking soda also are given this status, but that doesn’t mean they should be consumed regularly or in large amounts. Always do your research first!
4 - Essential oils during pregnancy and nursing:
Essential oils can affect stomach, hormones and other aspects of health and extreme care should be taken while using in pregnancy. Some researches show that essential oils can cross through the placenta and get to the baby. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may lead to some kind of allergy against an essential oil. So it's better to avoid the internal use of essential oils during pregnancy.
5 - Never store essential oils in plastics:
Essential oils have the property that they can eat through plastic hence changing its constituency. It's better to store them in clean glass containers so that they don't eat through the plastic in heat.
It's very important to note that the above are just the safety measures that should be taken before using essential oils. However, the oils may or may not harm if not diluted depends on its constituency and weather.