Because not all essential oils are the same, it is always safe to know what must and must not be done with them. Your goal is to relieve pain, ease tension, and have relaxation – not to experience health complications. So keep these things in mind and enjoy the health benefits of essential oils.
- Do know if you are allergic.
Before topically applying a certain essential oil, make sure that you are not allergic to it. There’s always that possibility of having allergic reactions to a particular essential oil, so knowing the quality and doing a patch test are also essential. *pun intended*
- Do have them diluted.
You have to be extra careful when using pure essential oils because they are too strong to be used directly. The best way to use them is to dilute them in water, with creams, or with vegetable oil. Make sure that the solution does not contain more than 5% of essential oils. Mixing them correctly is the key!
- Do keep them out of children’s reach.
Proper storage of essential oils is important. Since not all essential oils are edible and some can cause allergic reactions, it is always ideal to keep them somewhere that’s not within a child’s reach. You don’t want them to be doing more harm than good, right?
- Don’t apply them anywhere.
There are essential oils that you can safely rub on your forehead, arms, or on your stomach. But are you also aware that there are some essential oils that are not meant to be put on your eyes, mouth, or nose? Before rubbing on essential oils, it is always good to know where they can be safely applied. You don’t want a trip to the emergency room for improper use of essential oils, do you?
- Don’t use expired essential oils.
Essential oils are good to be consumed within only 3 years of being exposed to oxygen – but not longer! Using expired essential oils and applying them onto your skin could cause irritation or allergic reaction. I’m sure you don’t want that. So if the essential oil you have been using is starting to have changes in the way it smells, looks, or even feels, it’s time to toss it in the trash.
- Don’t apply edible oils topically.
There are certain types of essential oils which are safe to be ingested or eaten but are not meant to be rubbed on your skin. Are you familiar with cumin oil? Yes, you can use that as an ingredient, but applying it topically can trigger skin blisters. Yikes!
- Don’t ingest topical essential oils.
Some essential oils, such as bergamot oil, clary sage oil, eucalyptus oil, and lavender oil, are only for external use. Yes, they offer effective relief when rubbed onto your skin or when inhaled, but just because they are natural does not mean that they are safe to be swallowed because doing so can cause serious health hazards. So be mindful of how to properly use them because certain essential oils can cause poisoning when they are misused.
Interesting Facts about Essential Oils
- Got brittle nails? Tea tree oil can help you! Just mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Use this mixture to massage onto your nails. Notice stronger nails with frequent use.
- You can disinfect your household surfaces chemical-free. Yes, that’s possible! Simply add a few drops of lemon, pine, or tea tree oil to your mopping solution. These essential oils effectively disinfects because they have anti-bacterial properties. They leave your house smelling therapeutic, too!
- Do you freak out at the sight of spiders? Let peppermint essential oil calm you down, literally. What you need is a spray bottle, water, and of course, 15 drops of peppermint oil. Spray this solution where spiders stay. They hate the smell of peppermint, so you’ll be sure to drive them away.
- If you want to enhance the effects of your toothpaste, add 1 drop of peppermint oil and rosemary oil to it, and say hello to fresher breath and healthier gums.
- We are all bugged by pesky bugs. To keep them away, braid any cloth, add a few drops of citronella or lemongrass oil to it, and tie it around the wrist.