Cautions & Warnings before Using any Essential Oils

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There are so many things I’ve learned over the 25+ yrs I’ve been studying essential oils and the plants they’re derived from, I still learn something new everyday…so if anyone ever tells you they know everything about them, beware; there’s no such thing as knowing all there is to know when it comes to essential oils.

First, I want to share some common cautions and warnings about using nature’s little wonders.

Be aware that they are super concentrated.

Think of them as the soul of the plant…but they can be from more than just plants… some are made of plants/bark/resins/berries/seeds, etc. and can cause allergies for some, and should always be diluted before use on the body.

Children and the elderly should always use less than the recommended amounts, and certain oils should never be used on children/elderly/or pregnant women.

Here are some helpful and informative tips:

  • Always dilute essential oils before use!
  • Do a patch test to check for allergies
  • They are highly concentrated substances,
  • Use with caution, especially around children, elderly, or pregnant women.
  • Read these Usage Warnings & Cautions before using any essential oils.

Even though essential oils, such as Lavender, or Tea Tree may be very safe and beneficial in skin healing or treatments, you should always perform an allergy test before using directly on skin. ________________________________________________________________________________________

Usage Warnings and Cautions

  • Essential Oils usually require dilution if not already diluted
  • Do not use Oils near the eyes
  • If hands have been in contact with Oils, do not touch your face, mucous membranes, nose, or genitals
  • Keep Essential Oils out of reach of children
  • If using on children reduce concentration (dilute at least by half more)
  • On children under 2 years of age refer to Using E.O.’s With Pregnant Mothers, Children & Infants ( below)
  • Be cautious using essential oils during pregnancy
  • Avoid sun exposure when using citrus oils
  • Sensitivity to oils may vary considerably. It is best to start treatment with a lower dose or dilution and work up. Sensitivity may vary according to the herbs used. Some herbs have a mild effect while others may have a stronger effect and should be used carefully.

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 Dilution Ratios for Topical Applications

The Prescription for Nutritional Healing recommends the following dilution ratios:

  • Baths: 8 drops essential oil for one tub of water
  • Body Lotion: 25 drops essential oil for 8 ounces
  • Carpet Freshener: 25 drops essential oil to 16 oz of water
  • Cleaning: 25 drops essential oil to 2 gallons of water
  • Facial Oil: 6 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of jojoba oil
  • Hair Conditioner: 1 drop of essential oil to 6 oz of unscented conditioner
  • Massage Oil: 25 drops of essential oil to 2 ounces of almond oil.
  • Perfume: 12 drops essential oil to one half oz of water
  • Room Deodorizer: 25 drops of essential oil to 16 oz of water
  • Shampoo: 12 drops of essential oil to 16 oz of unscented shampoo

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Usage Notes for Expectant Mothers & Children

ESSENTIAL OIL USES SUITABILITY
BERGAMOT Uplifting, refreshing Cystitis, skin irritations, anxiety Postnatal use, babies and children (if oil diffused in air)
CALENDULA Antiseptic, healing. Stretch marks, nappy rash, skin irritations Advanced pregnancy, babies and children
CHAMOMILE ROMAN Calming, soothing, anti-inflammatory, very gentle Nausea, postnatal breast care, nappy rash, dry skin, insomnia, morning sickness. Pregnancy, babies and children
CLARY SAGE Antispasmodic, astringent, euphoric, uplifting Menstrual pain, pre-menstrual, tension dry skin stress anxiety depression Late stages of childbirth. Postnatal use
CYPRESS Astringent, warming Perineum healing, hemorrhoids, anxiety, tension For pregnancy if secure after five months, post natal use.
EUCALYPTUS Anti bacterial, antiviral, decongestant, energizing Colds, fever, asthma, sinusitis, wounds, bronchitis Babies and children (if oil diffused in air)
FENNEL SWEET Diuretic, hormone balances Strengthens womb, stimulates lactation, cellulite, edema Last weeks of pregnancy. Postnatal use
FRANKINCENSE Relaxing calming healing comforting Labor, stress fear Advanced pregnancy
GERANIUM Antiseptic, uplifting, antidepressant, hormone balances, stabilizing Dermatitis, eczema, postnatal depression Advanced pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal use.
HYPERICUM Anti –inflammatory, soothing Stretch marks, skin irritation, nervous tension Advanced pregnancy
JASMINE Uplifting, stimulating Postnatal depression, uterine tonic, coughs, dry skin, dermatitis Late stages of child birth postnatal use.
JUNIPER Diuretic, detoxifying Perineum healing, stretch marks, constipation, cellulite, tension Postnatal use
LAVENDER Antibacterial, antidepressant, soothing, calming, balancing, versatile Headaches pain eczema, insomnia, and nappy rash, postnatal breast care. Pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal use, babies and children
LEMON Antiseptic uplifting, cleansing, refreshing Morning sickness nausea, heartburn, colds, lymphatic tonic Pregnancy postnatal use babies and children
MARJORAM Sedating, warming Insomnia, perineum healing Postnatal use
MYRRH Anti fungal, antiseptic, anti –inflammatory, cooling Nappy rash thrush, skin care Postnatal use older babies and children
NEROLI Soothing balancing, healing calming Dry skin, scars circulation, stretch marks, stress, anxiety Pregnancy ,,postnatal use
ORANGE Uplifting, calming Skin care stress, insomnia heartburn, lymphatic tonic, anxiety Pregnancy babies and children (if oil diffused in air)
PEPPERMINT Anti bacterial, analgesic, decongestant, antispasmodic Morning sickness, nausea, headaches, indigestion Late stages of pregnancy
PETITGRAIN Antidepressant, uplifting, refreshing Skin care, insomnia, stress, inexpensive substitute for neroli Pregnancy postnatal use.
ROSE Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, soothing, uplifting, hormone balances Dry skin strengthens womb tension, nausea Last weeks of pregnancy, childbirth postnatal use
ROSEWOOD Antiseptic, tonic, sedative, calming Nervous tension anxiety, stress tiredness, dry skin. Later stages of child birth
SANDALWOOD Healing sedative relaxing warming Skin rash, nausea, heartburn diarrhea colds nappy rash Pregnancy, childbirth. Postnatal use, babies and children
TANGERINE ORMANDARIN Soothing calming uplifting Stretch marks insomnia, nervous tension, scars Pregnancy childbirth
YLANG YLANG Antidepressant, relaxing, sedative, calming Skin care, insomnia, hypertension, palpitations, and tension. Advanced pregnancy

these are just a few……..

for more information for expectant or new mothers: read Essential Oils & Pregnancy

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