Healing With Essential Oils Health & Precautions When Using Them. Pictures Of Oils & Guidelines to Follow.
Essential oils are extracted flower, fruit, leaves, or other parts of the tree or plant. Homemade essential oils have been used for thousands of years and can amazing health benefits. At the first sign of a cold or sniffle we take what we call our "Magic Pill" which is a mixture of Oregano, On Guard, and Peppermint oils.
There are many essential oil remedies. Here's a list of essential oil uses and safety guidelines submitted by a visitor, friend, and fellow doTERRA Essential Oil user.
The following are some guidelines for using essential oils. These are important as many people have never really used good quality essential oils in a therapeutic manner. Though the list of do's and don't's below is fairly extensive, no list can replace common sense.
Begin using essential oils gradually using only one or two oils at a time, then build up your repertoire. After all, you wouldn't make a two-story dive head-first into a river or pond without first knowing how deep the water is. The same principle applies here: safety first!
Mixing essential oils is not recommended without first understanding their properties.
Essential Oils For Allergies. People using essential oils for allergies is growing. There are a lot of allergy sufferers today, and it seems the wide variety of allergies is ever expanding.
Care & Safety
1. Always keep a bottle of carrier oil (your choice) handy when using essential oils. You can use them to immediately dilute the essential oil if it is causing discomfort and/or skin irritation. Oils do not mix with water so putting water on the essential oil to remove it will not work.
2. Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed as they evaporate easily. They should be stored in a brown glass bottle (never plastic), kept away from light and stored in a cool place. Some people store their oils in the refrigerator but this probably a bit excessive. Good quality citrus essential oils have a shelf life of about five years. Other essential oils should last much longer. Many have a shelf life that is longer than you will be around.
3. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children and/or pets. Treat them as you would any normal medication.
4. Keep essential oils away from flames, sparks or electricity. Good essential oils should not contain any alcohol. Oil like orange, white fir, pine and peppermint are potentially flammable.
5. Angelica, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine and other citrus oils are photosensitive. This means that they will react with light and can cause a rash or dark pigmentation on the skin area that is exposed to sunlight or UV rays (like a tanning bed). This sensitivity will last for 3 or 4 days after the application of the oil.
6. Keep essential oils away from the eye area. When healing with essential oils, never put them directly into the ear. Do not handle contact lenses or itch the eye area after applying essential oils with your hands. Be sure and wash with soap and water first!!! If you apply oils which have a high phenol content, like oregano, cinnamon, thyme, clove, lemongrass, bergamot, etc., and handle the contact, the phenol component may damage the contact. If you get an essential oil in the eye and the eye becomes irritated, flush with a carrier oil, not water.
7. When using or healing with essential oils for the first time, even very pure oils or ones from a different company than you have used before, test the oil on a small part of the inside of your forearm to be sure that you have no allergic reaction to it. Apply it in the concentration you will normally use and wait about 5 minutes to see if there is any adverse reaction. Be sure you have the carrier oil standing by for dilution purposes, just in case.
8. Before using any essential oil internally, be sure it is a GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) oil. Next, dilute one drop of the oil in one teaspoon of an oil carrier, honey, soy milk or rice milk and take it. Never take more than a few drops of essential oil internally per day without consulting an expert physician.
9. DO NOT add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Remember that oil and water do not mix so the essential oil will float on the top of the bath water and in this concentrated form can cause skin irritation and discomfort.
If skin irritation or discomfort persists while using, or healing with essential oils, it is always best to stop their use and contact your physician.
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