Essential Oil Safety

One of the many amazing things about essential oils is that they can be safely used by the general public without much background knowledge. In comparison to the chemicals used in modern perfumery and household fragrances, true plant oils are far less toxic!

A detailed education about more specific cautions is a subject for an aromatherapy book or class. Most oils we have chosen to present here require no background safety data. But we would like to present the following information to help enrich your knowledge of what the areas of safety concerns consist of regarding essential oils.

Most essential oils may be used in small appropriate amounts without ANY undue concern or need for special knowledge. Common sense and awareness of the commonly accepted uses for each oil are invaluable guidelines for the regular user.

There are 3 main issues regarding safety of using the over 300 essential oils in use today:

  • Sensitization
  • Toxicity
  • Allergenicity

SENSITIZATION is an issue for a relatively small number of essential oils. Some of these include lemongrass, red thyme and cinnamon leaf or bark. These are very strong oils that require using less of that oil in treatment and using those oils in conjunction with more gentle, ‘quenching’ oils e.g., rosemary or lavender. Doing this makes the benefits of those oils possible to the user while avoiding the sensations of heat, ‘prickling’ and redness of skin these sensitizing oils can produce when used in high concentrations on the skin.

ALL CITRUS OILS ARE PHOTOSENSITIZING. This means they make our body’s systems more sensitive to sunlight and UV rays. Applying citrus oils to the skin should be avoided before exposure to sunlight. This photosensitizing effect of citruses most probably helps the citrus oils be of invaluable worth to those who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter months.

Those who suffer from neurological disorders such as epilepsy should probably avoid garden sage, hyssop, and sometimes rosemary and eucalyptus depending on the variety and their level of sensitivity.

TOXICITY almost always applies to the oral use of essential oils. In fact most essential oils have very low toxicity factors. Though the French medical school of aromatherapy uses oral use of essential oils. we can’t recommend oral use without prior consultation with your health care provider or a qualified aromatherapist.

ALLERGENICITY is very related to a person’s unique sensitivity. The essential oils that have been valued throughout the ages were chosen partially because of their low allergencity. Often those who have the most sensitive skin are aware of that fact. Many have found that using a patch-test of the oil on the inside of their arm helps to allay any concern they have.

Occasionally someone has been made more sensitive to all fragrances by past extreme exposures to chemical solvents or other toxins. They are usually found to be most aggravated by synthetic chemicals and solvents and less so by natural chemicals. But some people are so sensitized they cannot tolerate any strong aroma.

The oils offered by E-Scentially yours are chosen to the most safe, helpful and the least allergenic, toxic and sensitizing selections. Though we wanted to mention these specific possibilities and areas of concern, a true essential oil that has been commonly used by the general public throughout the years is mostly a source of comfort, support, healing and relief. Most of them can be truly enjoyed by a beginner with common sense.

We certainly do encourage you to educate yourself regarding the most effective uses of the oils you select and we would be happy to answer any concerns that you might have.

Though we do not offer medical advice or prescribe treatments, we would be happy to assist you in your process and learning about true essential oils.

We feel they’re the best-smelling tonics in the world!!!

Article Courtesy of William Chambers – Beautiful Hart