If you are wondering "are essential oils safe?" you are not alone. This is a question that many people are asking. Essential oils, when used properly, are safe. Here are our recommendations for using essential oils safely:
Even though some essential oils may be used safely in tiny amounts in products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, essential oils can be harmful if ingested in slightly larger quantities. For example, Ruth Winter, M.S., author of a Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says that as little as 10 ml of wintergreen oil can cause death in children, and 30 ml of wintergreen oil can cause death in adults. But wintergreen oil is a common ingredient in products such as toothpaste and candy. You can use essential oils, but they have to be used with care. Be sure to keep all essential oils tightly sealed and out of the reach of children and pets.
If you suspect that you are allergic to an essential oil, perform an allergy patch test . Dilute the essential oil in a base, such as a vegetable oil. To perform a patch test, apply a small bit of the ingredient on the inside of your arm. Cover it up with a bandage. Leave it alone for 24 hours. If you see a reaction, do not use that ingredient in your products.
Many essential oil companies recommend that people who are pregnant, epileptic, who have heart conditions, or who are in a state of delicate health avoid certain essential oils. We recommend that if you fall under one of these categories that you see your doctor before using essential oils.
Cold pressed citrus essential oils such as lemon, lime, orange, bergamot, tangerine, grapefruit, mandarin, make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. Do not wear any product containing these oils when you sunbathe or go out into the sun for extended periods.
The essential oils from cinnamon and cloves can be extremely irritating to the skin. For skin care applications, be sure to limit any amount of either of these two oils if you use them at all.