Some notes on usage and safety. (You may want to bookmark this.)

Essential oils capture the very essence of the plant, so they’re incredibly concentrated and powerful. Don’t be intimidated! Just follow the label warnings and precautions, and take note of these basic usage guidelines and safety tips. You’ll soon be ready for the next chapter.

 

Usage GuidlinesHEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES:

  • Essential oils are flammable. Keep away from open flame and high-heat sources.
  • Keep oils tightly closed and out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never ingest essential oils.
  • Always dilute essential oils with a vegetable oil like jojoba oil or sweet almond oil if you use them on your skin.
  • The following oils should only be used in a diffuser or other non-skin application since they have more potential to irritate the skin: Cinnamon, Basil, Clove Bud, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Wintergreen and Sage.*
  • If you’d like to use an oil on your skin, do a skin test by diluting a small amount and applying it to your inner arm.
  • If redness, burning, itching or irritation occurs during the test or at any time, stop using the oil immediately. Wash with soap and water for ten minutes. You may also anoint the area with any vegetable-based oil, and wipe with a clean cloth or cotton ball to remove residual essential oil.
  • Strong citrus oils applied topically can make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. If oil is used on the skin, protect exposed areas from the sun during use and up to 12 hours afterwards.
  • Keep oils away from eyes and mucous membranes.
  • Always use the recommended amounts.
  • Avoid Sage, Wintergreen, Rosemary, Sweet Fennel and Eucalyptus if you have epilepsy.
  • If you have a medical condition or are taking prescription drugs, consult with your healthcare professional.
  • If you are pregnant or nursing, please avoid the following essential oils: Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Sage, Sweet Basil, Sweet Fennel, Wintergreen, Clary Sage, Nutmeg or Peppermint.*
  • If you have high blood pressure, check with your doctor before using the following oils in aromatherapy: Black Pepper (Morning Chai Blend), Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage or Thyme.*
  • If you have any concerns about using oils, it is always a good idea to consult with your doctor.

 

*NOTE: Oils listed include only those we carry and may not be a complete list of all essential oils.

GENERAL USAGE GUIDELINES:

  • Some essential oils can stain clothing. Be careful to wash your hands after applying oils, and wait for the product to soak in before coming in contact with any fabric.
  • Always store your products in a cool, dark place with the lid tightly sealed. You may keep them in the refrigerator, but it’s not required. If you do, take care to mark them as non-edible.
  • If using a diffuser, always place on a clean, dry, even surface.
  • Never cover the diffuser or block the opening.
  • Always use the recommended amounts.

 

Now that you can write the book on this stuff, what are you waiting for? Start experimenting with scent!

Essential oils can be used in a number of ways, including adding a few drops to:

  • A diffuser to disperse the scent evenly and regularly throughout the day
  • The roller ball for on-the-go aromatherapy
  • Massage oil to enhance the physical benefits, and balance the mind and body
  • The water in a humidifier
  • Warm, filtered water in a sprayer bottle to make a room spray
  • Silk and paper flowers (being careful to do a color test first since some oils stain)
  • A cotton ball placed under your pillow