Reminder to be careful with essential oils…

 

It’s so easy to be excited about using essential oils, with all their benefits, that it’s easy to forget that they contain powerful ingredients, and we should stay mindful of how we use them. For example, essential oils are highly concentrated – it takes two tons of Bulgarian roses to make a single pound of rose essential oil, so one drop may contain the power of several plants. For this reason, you should always conduct a patch test before using a new essential oil. Do this by combining a single drop of the essential oil with 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil and rub it on the inside of your upper arm. If you have no reaction after a couple of hours, then you should be OK!!

Also, if you’re allergic to a plan, you will also be allergic to the essential oil. And I think we all know to be very careful in using essential oils around children and during pregnancy!

I found this article, on WellnessMama.com that provides a good write-up of the risks and uses of essential oils.

Essential oils are all the rage lately, and with good reason. They are, in a sense, a pharmaceutical grade natural remedy with incredible power. But with great power comes great responsibility, and there are many essential oil resources online giving worrisome blanket advice about their use.

Don’t get me wrong. I love essential oils and I use them daily. Most often, I use them diluted in natural beauty or natural cleaning recipes, but I also use them aromatically and therapeutically at times.

Because of the strength of essential oils, I am cautious of over-using them and want to make sure that my family always uses them safely. Here are some important things to know about essential oils (and of course, check with a certified herbalist, aromatherapist or doctor) before using them.

Read on for information about using Essential oils on your skin…

 

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