Safety when Using Essential Oils

Essential Oils are highly concentrated chemicals with complex structures. They are powerful, so care must be used when working with them.

Ginger OilMany drugs come from the volatile compounds found within plants; and, like drugs, if used too frequently, or at the wrong time, they can do more harm than good.

Unless you are certified in aromatherapy, essential oils should be used externally only due to many being toxic if ingested.

The following oils should only be used in moderation and for short periods at a time:

Basil, Bay, Camphor, Juniper, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, Hyssop, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Thyme, Valerian, Tuberose

A few oils are phototoxic which means they can cause senstivity to sunlight. Be cautious with them on the skin if you are exposed to sunlight frequently.

They are listed below:

Angelica, Bergamot, Citronella, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Lemon Verbena

Lavender and Nutmeg OilsIt is a good idea to not use any essential oils during pregnancy unless under the care of an experienced therapist, but these oils should particularly be avoided:

Angelica, Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Citronella, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Tarragon, Yarrow

Although most essential oils can irritate the skin when undiluted, these oils are particularly irritating. Make sure to dilute them very well before using on the skin:

Angelica, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Nutmeg, Orange, Peppermint

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