Essential Oil Safety Guidelines
Essential Oils are incredibly potent and can cause a myriad of problems if not used safely. We do not recommend ingesting oils or applying them neat to the skin. Instead, we encourage our customers to dilute and diffuse!
Why do we dilute essential oils?
“Essential oil dilution is important for two safety reasons. One, to avoid skin reactions: irritation, sensitization, and phototoxicity. Two, to avoid systemic toxicity, such as fetotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, carcinogenicity, and neurotoxicity. Adverse skin reactions are obvious when they happen, but systemic toxicities may not be. Skin reactions are totally dilution-dependent, and safety guidelines exist to minimize risk.” - Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Saftey
Safe Dilution Ratio's
.25% Dilution. This is ideal for those who intend to use an essential oil on children 6 months to 6 years of age. Note: It is recommended that you do not use essential oils on children under the age of 2 unless directed by your healthcare provider.
.25% = 1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil
1% Dilution. This percentage is recommended for those children over the age of 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, people with a sensitive skin type, and those with preexisting conditions. This is the dilution recommended when using essential oils topically, for massage or in lotions and rubs.
1% = 1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil
2% Dilution. This is ideal for most normal adults. For use in daily aromatherapy or topical application.
2% = 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil.
3% Dilution. This is ideal for treating temporary health concerns and topical application for muscle pain, injury or respiratory problems.
3% = 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil.
3% to 10% Dilution. There are many essential oils that can be used at this strength. This dilution percentage is recommended for use with healthy adults, and still we advise that you use caution as some people will notice irritation or increased sensitivity to oils at this potency.
3% to 10% dilution = 3 to 10 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil .
1. If essential oil droplets accidentally get into the eye (or eyes) a cotton cloth or similar should be imbued with a fatty oil, such as olive or sesame, and carefully swiped over the closed lid. And / Or, Immediately flush the eyes with cool water.
2. If an essential oil causes dermal irritation, apply a small amount of vegetable oil or cream to the area affected and discontinue use of essential oil or product that has caused dermal irritation.
3. If a child appears to have drunk several spoonfuls of essential oil, contact the nearest poison control unit (often listed in the front of a telephone directory). Keep the bottle for identification and encourage the child to drink whole or 2% milk. Do not try to induce vomiting.