“With great power comes great responsibility”
I have been asked by a few friends to share how I use essential oils in my home. Anyone who knows me knows I love me some EOs and I am excited to share with you some of the ways we enjoy them in our home. But, before I do that I would be remiss if I did not write about using essential oils safely.
With the rise in popularity of MLMs and Pinterest, there has been a significant amount of misinformation shared about essential oils use and serious injuries have occurred in the process. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there are well over 10,000 cases of essential oils poisoning reported to poison control centers each year. A significant number of those reports are about children.
Essential oils are a wonderful tool for use in achieving your health and wellness goals. They are powerful and highly beneficial, but because of their extreme potency, you need to use them wisely. Here are some tips to help you use essential oils safely and optimize their benefits that I have learned from usingeossafely.com and The Essential Oils Safety Handbook.
First things first:
- There are a number of great essential oils companies out there. For now, I use Young Living. My mom has used YL since I was young and I love the quality of their products. That does not mean I am not open to other brands and I am not dogmatic about anyone else using Young Living. My posts about using essential oils will be applicable for anyone- whatever oil company you choose to use.
- Always consult your health care professional, a CCA, www.usingeossafely.com or an essential oils safety book before trying any essential oil on yourself or your children.
- Always verify that a specific oil is safe for children before using them and only use single oils, never blends.
- You can mix singles and you can mix a blend with a single, but don’t mix two blends.
- Essential oils are extremely potent. 1 drop of peppermint is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. Take it slow and start with one drop when applying or ingesting essential oils. Most often that is all you need.
- Rotate and do not overuse essential oils. Sensitivity to oils can easily develop when used too frequently.
- NEVER use citrus oils in plastic or styrofoam. The oils will eat through them.
- If you are wondering if you or your child has a sensitivity to a certain oil stop using it. You can try it again a few weeks later If you experience the same reaction do not use.
- If your PH is off your reaction to oils will be off… get your PH in balance!
- If you get essential oils in your eyes or ears or are having a reaction to them DO NOT use water to wash. Always use a carrier oil to wash away essential oils.Before using essential oils based on advice found on the internet it is wise to check with your health care provider.
USING ESSENTIAL OILS
Here is the best guide I have found to help with diluting oils for certain age groups
To Use and Dilute Essential Oils:
Essential Oils are extremely concentrated so always remember to dilute! In order to dilute essential oils, you simply add 1 or more drops of the essential oil to a carrier oil. This always the EO to more easily absorb into the skin and helps the EO to spread over a larger surface of your skin.
Suggested Carrier oils are:
Young Livings V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
Ages 6 months – 6 years:
It is advised to use Essential Oils as sparingly as possible on children under two!
Ratio: 1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil. For older kids in this range you may increase up to 2 drops if needed.
Always dilute oils when using them on children. Always verify that each essential oil is safe to use. Each age group has certain recommendations.
Ages 6+, pregnant woman, elderly, those who are sensitive or experiencing serious health issues:
Ratio: 1 drop per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil
When pregnant – Never take oils internally, unless advised by your health care practitioner. Always verify that each essential oil is safe to use. Different oils are considered safe or not depending on what trimester you are in.
When breastfeeding – Always dilute oils and limit your use. Always verify that each essential oil is safe to use. Some oils can be harmful for your baby and some can dry up your milk.
As an adult always dilute essential oils. Lavender and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) are the only two exceptions.
For everyday use or basic oils use:
Ratio: 2 drops per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil
Best used for short-term when addressing health issues or injuries:
Ratio: 3-10 drops per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, or any other form of medical professional. The content of this blog is simply my opinion and has not been evaluated by the FTC, FDA or any other government agency and this information is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.