Essential Oils and Their Uses. Discover Healthy Living and Cautious Ways To Benefit From Oils.
The uses for essential oils are as vast and diverse as the oils themselves. These oils are only as good as the purity involved. Essential oils are a non-regulated industry so knowing where your oils come from is crucial to ensure safety and effectiveness. It is for this reason that we have used doTERRA oils for many years.
Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult a health care specialist before using essential oils. Use caution with hyssop, fennel, basil, wintergreen, nutmeg, rosemary, peppermint, sage and tarragon. Be especially careful when using blends as these may contain oils which can exacerbate a health condition.
People with high blood pressure should avoid using rosemary and sage all together. Essential oil fragrance can also cause undesired results.
If you have known food allergies or are healing with essential oils, check the type of oil to be sure that it will not cause a reaction. As an example, if you are allergic to nuts it is obvious that you need to pay particular attention to almond or walnut oil. However, carrier oils like sunflower oil or essential oils like tamanu (pressed from the nut of the Polynesian Tamanu tree) could cause problems as well.
Take care when making homemade essential oils.
Remember that some essential oil remedies (often wintergreen) are cut with a carrier oil and, in pure form, may cause reactions in some people. This carrier might be a nut oil so check carefully. Also, if you are using an oil blend it too might have a carrier oil, so again check for your safety. The chemistry of essential oils can vary.
Pregnant and/or nursing women should consult a health care specialist when beginning any new treatment, use of any new materials, or essential oil care. Essential oils that contain menthol, such as peppermint, should not be used on the neck/throat area of children under the age of 2.5 years.
Essential Oils With Ketones
Ketones can be toxic though some essential oils contain nontoxic varieties. Only a few of the toxic varieties are in circulation. They are Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Lavandula stoechas, Mugwort, Sage (Salvia officinalis) and Thuja. Three drops is considered an excessive dose for any of these oils and has potentially serious toxicity.
Try to avoid their use or use them ONLY if you are familiar with the proper procedures for their use. Use safety precautions when cleaning with essential oils.
It should be noted that distillation of the Sage leaves, while they are very small and young, produces an oil that is very low in thujone content and is much safer to use. This is usually marketed under the name Sauge petite ferilles, so buyer beware when making or mixing essential oils!!
Essential Oils That Are Skin Irritants
Some essential oils may eventually form peroxides, notably citrus, needle and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) oils. This is why it is important to do the "patch test"before using any oil. In the case where the skin is irritated, either avoid using the oil, dilute it and try the "patch test" again, or use it only for diffusing.
Here the body eventually builds up an immune response to the essential oil. Usually when this happens, the oil can still be used internally or by diffusing, but causes skin irritation. Only a few oils cause most of these problems, particularly Cinnamon and/or Clove.
In high enough concentrations, this will occur with almost any essential oil. It is most common with phenolic compounds like Oregano, Savory and Thyme.
Also realize that the body chemistry of each person is a bit different so some oils will bother one person and not another. Continued use of the same oil over time may also produce this effect.
Essential oils and their uses can provide multiple benefits when used correctly. If you discover any adverse reactions it is always best to talk with your physician.
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