How to Use Essential Oils Safely
Essential oils are powerful and should be used with care. While they are usually safe, some people can have a bad reaction to certain oils.
If you’re pregnant, using them for a child, have pets, or have a medical condition, we recommend consulting a medical professional before using essential oils. We also recommend doing a patch test to check if you react to the oils in any way.
How to do a patch test for essential oils
Here are five simple steps you can follow to do a patch test on yourself.
1. Dilute the essential oil of choice with your carrier oil of choice.
2. Apply a small amount of diluted essential oil to your inner elbow.
3. Put a band-aid over the oil.
4. Leave it undisturbed for 48 hours.
5. If there is no reaction, then you are probably not sensitive or allergic
to this particular oil.
If you experience itchiness, redness or other signs of allergy from that small portion of oil on your inner elbow, imagine how it would feel if you applied it to larger areas of your body. Therefore, we recommend always doing this test when using a new oil for the first time.
If you’ve already used a particular essential oil for a while, you probably know if you’re allergic to it or not. However, from here onwards we recommend not using new types of essential oils without patch testing them first. This goes particularly for using them on your skin, but it is also a good idea if you’re diffusing the oils.
Ingesting essential oils
If you want to ingest essential oils (use them in food or drink), we recommend consulting a medical professional before attempting that. If you do ingest any, do it with great care. Make sure the oil is 100% pure, be sure that you’re not allergic to it, and check in with your doctor.
If you have any questions about using essential oils safely, contact a medical professional or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.