5 Ways to Use Essential Oils Safely {Lifestyle}

Essential oil usage has increased dramatically in recent years.  With every day people who are not certified aromatherapists and without any training selling oils and giving recommendations on how to use the oils, there also has been a lot of misusing of essential oils.  Education on how to use oils is the best way to make sure that essential oils are used the best and safest way for you and your family.

Used properly, essential oils can moisturize your skin, lift your spirits, make you fall sleep faster, and heal you quicker.  God made these plants for us to use, so use them wisely!

Before I dived into the world of essential oils, I did a lot of research.  I found a company that went beyond the call of duty to educate their customers in how to use their essential oils.  They err on the side of safety and try their hardest not to give out any bad information.  This company don’t have laymen and sell directly from their plant in ID.  Plant Therapy have quite a few certified aromatherapists on staff to answer any questions.  I am not being paid by them for this post at all!  I just like them, their ethics, and their oils.  So, I will be talking about Plant Therapy when I talk about the oils.  You can use any oils that you like.  I know that there are other brands that practice safe oil use.

What are 5 ways to make sure you are using essential oils safely?

  1. Do not use oils internally. There are some people who have been told to add a couple of drops of oils to water to drink.  Do you remember in elementary school how you were taught that oil and water do not mix?  The same thing applies here.  By adding oils to your water, you are not diluting it one bit.  The oils sit directly on top of the water and, when you drink it, you are directly swallowing oils neat.  Yikes!  Essential oils are highly concentrated and have the capacity to cause serious damage if used internally without the necessary expertise required in administering them. If you are under the direction of someone who is qualified with the internal use of each essential oil, then you can take them internally, just not every day.  If you want to flavor your water with, say, lemon essential oils, then use add the juice of a regular lemon.  Just because you don’t see damage directly right now doesn’t mean you are not causing damage.
  2. Be careful which oils you use on and around children. Some oils are not recommended for children 2-10 and some can harm them!  Plant Therapy has a whole line of oils recommended for children, which are labels clearly.  This takes the guesswork on whether they are safe for children or not!  The following are the only oils they deem safe for children ages 2-10, due to long hours of research and study.  (On the same note, cats and dogs cannot process essential oils so be very careful using them around them.  Do not diffuse oils around cats, especially.  Their liver cannot handle it and it could eventually kill them.)
  3. Be careful which oils you use during your pregnancy and while nursing. There are only certain oils that are safe to use during pregnancy that won’t harm your unborn child and your newborn.  To be safe, don’t even use ANY oils during your first trimester.
  4. There is no such thing as therapeutic grade. Since there is no organization that oversees the quality of essential oils, ‘Therapeutic Grade’ is simply a marketing term. Any company can say their oils are therapeutic grade. Some companies use other therapeutic grade terms, or other grading or certifying terms, for internal quality standards. However, these terms are often trademarked by the company.  When looking for the highest quality oils, don’t look for terms such as ‘Therapeutic Grade’ since any company can use this term. Since there is no actual third party grading or certifying of essential oils, it is best to look for a company that ensures the quality of their oils based on test results and experts. Some tests that are important when ensuring the quality of an essential oil are GC/MS (Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer) tests and organoleptic test.
  5. Never put oils on your skin neat. Neat mean straight from the bottle, without diluting.  You don’t need a lot of essential oil to have it work properly.  Using too much can be detrimental to your health!  You can even cause a burn!  NO oils are safe to put on your skin neat, no matter what the company, salesperson, or friend says.  If you don’t get a burn, you could become allergic to that oil later.  Less is more.  The following is how to safely dilute your oils:

    Per Elise Nguyen’s Facebook: So….here is my PSA to everyone. Some of you know what happened but most don’t. On March 25th, I applied #doterra essential oils (which are appropriate to apply directly to the skin) to my wrists and my neck prior to a hot yoga class. After class (one hour later) I went tanning in a tanning bed as I was going to Jamaica for a wedding and I didn’t want to fry my skin off while there. The next day, I noticed irritation where I applied the oil. Initially I thought it was a reaction to a new laundry detergent. Well over the next couple of days, I developed nasty blisters due to a chemical burn. Turns out, there is a teeny tiny caution on the oil that states “stay out of sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application” or something like that. I developed second and third degree burns from the oils. These pictures are the worst blisters and then today and the next ones are on day 3, 6, 10, and 12. Currently, I’m on day 22 of this burn. I still have open areas and they still hurt if I hit them wrong. I’m not blaming the company, it was my own damn fault. But every yogi that I’ve talked to has no clue that this could have happened. So as summer is getting closer, and the weather is getting nicer, I just want everyone to be aware of this. Please, please read the bottles of anything you put on your skin. I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else. It’s been hell.

There is no reason why you have to stay away from oils, if used properly and safely.  Remember that these can affect your health, so start off small and increase as you see fit.  Better safe than sorry!

New to oils? Which oils do I recommend you start with?

  • Lemon
  • Tea tree
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Frankincense Serreta
  • Carrier oil of your choice (like fractioned coconut oil—it doesn’t harden when it’s cool or cold—, almond oil, or jojoba oil)

The nice thing is that all of these oils are safe to use around children ages 2-10!  Try not to use oils on children’s younger than 2.

I hope these ways can help you use oils safely.  They are a great tool to help enhance your physical and mental health if used properly.  A bit of research can help you on your way!

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