One thing that I have talked about quite a bit and plan to continue to talk about on this blog is essential oils.
I love essential oils as do many other people and have learned about different ways to use them as I have grown to understand their benefits.
There are an endless amount of ways to use these potent oils but there are also a few ways that you should not use them and sometimes that is a topic that can be overlooked by those who have yet to properly understand them.
Baths | Essential oils can make an amazing addition to your weekly bath but caution and rules should always be followed when it comes to adding essential oils to bath water.
Never add drops of essential oil straight into your bath, water and oil do not mix and those essential oils will stick directly to your skin which can cause irritation and a good amount of discomfort.
Essential oils need to either be combined with something absorbent like baking soda or a dehydrated milk powder. You can also add the essential oil to something fatty like coconut milk or a butter.
The amount of essential oils should also be closely monitored as well since too much oil no matter how greatly dispersed can cause irritation and itching.
Photo-Sensitive Oils | Citrus essential oils such as lemon, grapefruit, and bergamot oil are all commonly know as being very photo-sensitive and any other oils will usually come with a warning on the label.
Photo-sensitive oils can be very damaging to skin when exposed to sunlight so any of these oils are best used at night or several hours before you will be exposed to any kind of sunlight.
Use With Care | The areas in which you put essential oils should always be chosen with care.
Undiluted essential oils should never be applied to places with rashes or open wounds and sores and no essential oil period, should ever come in contact with your eyes.
Private areas and areas with particularly sensitive skin should in general be kept from any essential oil use since even diluted essential oils can be irritating to those kinds of places.
It is recommended that children under the age of two, not be exposed to essential oils unless you are very experienced in the use of essential oils. And essential oils used on children of all ages should be greatly diluted and closely monitored for any reactions or adverse affects.
Ingesting Essential Oils | Though I do plan on eventually moving on to taking essential oils internally, it is not something that I recommend people do.
Some essential oils are toxic if taken internally or just too irritating in any dose and should never be taken directly and undiluted or even taken with water as, again, water and oil do not mix.
You should never ingest essential oils that have not been labeled as safe to use internally and you should never buy essential oil pills from questionable brands.
If you do buy essential oil pills that are from safe and reliable brands you should always follow the directions and keep a close eye out for any reactions.
Hopefully this list of warnings hasn’t completely scared any of you away from the idea of using essential oils.
With a proper understanding of the oils you use and careful handling you should never have to experience any negative issues with essential oils and can have as much fun as you like with them.