3 Quick Tips on Using Essential Oils Safely

Although the use of aromatherapy and essential oils is growing day by day, we (humanity) have been playing with nature for a long time, gathering a long list of extracts and essential oils from plants and flowers that have some benefits to the human body. Thanks to the Internet, there is a lot of new people beginning to see these real therapeutic benefits of using essential oils to help their overall wellbeing and for the beginner, it could be a challenging season.

The consistent problem is that there is so much misinformation out there spread by people trying to sell you stuff that you won’t truly know how to use these nature’s wonders to your advantage.  There is not a list of the safest essential oils,  just instructions on how to use them safely, but if you are unsure of which one is the safest essential oil to use, you won’t lift a finger.

We could start by using the most common essential oils available; if a lot of people are using it, we can be sure those are the safest essential oils to start with. You can read more about these common oils by reading my article.

Then, we could refer to these 3 quick tips on how to approach and use the rest of the essential oils with the safety needed.

1. You can’t go wrong when you use essential oils via inhalation. The general consensus is that even if you inhale this diffusion for long periods of time, the worst thing to happen would be having a headache, or possibly nausea. Inhaling through the use of an essential oil diffuser, or by placing a few drops on a tissue or cloth is always a safe way to do it.

2. Using essential oils topically on your skin is where we start to see a lot of bad information out there. You should never use these essential oils directly on your skin. That could have very negative effects, beginning with rashes, and ending with some extreme sensitivity issues, and even liver/kidney problems. When using essential oils on your skin you should always dilute them in a carrier oil, ALWAYS! like grape seed oil or jojoba oil. When diluted, topical use is also a very safe way to get the benefits essential oils can provide. There is still a chance of dermal reaction or rashes, that will depend on your skin sensitivity, so a good rule of thumb is to do a patch test about the size of a nickel on your inner forearm to test how your skin might react.

3. It is becoming common to see a lot of articles out there recommending the ingestion of essential oils in a caplet to help with various problems. PLEASE DON’T DO IT!!!. The safest essential oils are those you can’t eat. Ingesting essential oils can lead to liver and kidney failure. Our bodies process these compounds very slowly and can be toxic. Just as you wouldn’t use prescription drugs without a doctor’s advice, you shouldn’t ingest essential oils without expert advice. In the U.S. alone, there is almost no one with the proper knowledge to use essential oils this way. If someone claims themselves as an expert, proceed cautiously. Ingesting essential oils can potentially be very helpful when used properly but you can’t rely on our words. Find a certified clinical aromatherapist if you are looking for help with this type of usage, and consult your doctor as well.

Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils are taking its rightful place as a daily part of people’s lives. The safest essential oils are those you can use because you know how to use them, and what the benefits are.


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