Essential Oils – What you need to know

what you need to know before you use essential oils

Essential oils popularity has increased dramatically over the past decade. Many MLM companies are now selling them which has opened up a new way to access this amazing natural wellness product. This has created a mass of information and products available that anyone new could find it difficult to know where to start.

I have been learning and using essential oils for about 20 years. It started when I was a teen. I was looking for a way to treat myself naturally for a number of issues and stumbled across aromatherapy.

I studied Beauty Therapy after leaving school and during my second year, we covered Aromatherapy and its benefits for use in treatments. Since then I have taken many different courses to refresh and increase my knowledge as with most practices, methods and safety information is constantly changing.

essential oils what you need to know

What you NEED to know about using essential oils

Before trying anything new, if you are on any medication or suffering from any health issues, consult your GP. The information provided in this post and on this blog is for reference only. Please read the full disclaimer in the sidebar.

Essential oils are powerful substances. Many people use these oils in their daily lives without any issues but if used without due care and diligence, they can cause harm.

A single bottle of oil is 50 – 100 times more concentrated than the plant itself. There are safety guidelines to follow even if the plant itself doesn’t have any.

Can I use the oil directly on my skin?

The simple answer is no. The most common reaction to using oils is a skin reaction and this is predominately from people using the oils directly on the skin without diluting first. This is caused by impurities in the oils, which can be found even in the purest product.

Can I add drops directly to my bath?

Essential oils do not mix with water, they will just sit on the top unless they have been mixed with an appropriate base. The essential oils on the surface of the water will cling to your skin and could cause a reaction.

never add essential oils to water

Is it ok to add oils to a glass of water?

No. You should never ingest oils unless a qualified practitioner advises you to. Ingesting oils can lead to mouth or stomach irritation. The mucous membrane is highly sensitive and the stomach will only send out pain signals when the erosion of the lining has gone quite far.

How long should I inhale essential oils for?

When diffusing oils in your home, ideally this should be done intermittently. Diffuse for 30 – 60 minutes then allow another 30 – 60 minutes before restarting.

With steam inhalation, you should not inhale for more than 15 minutes.

Are essential oils safe to use on children?

They are but the oils you can use and the dilution rates are different from using the oils on adults. To find out more, check out the children section in this safety guide.

Where can I find out more information about safely using essential oils?

There are many great sites that have fact-based information. I refer to the Tisserand Institutes Safety Guidelines but please do your research before using any oils, don’t just take one person’s word for it.

essential oils what you need to know

23 thoughts on “Essential Oils – What you need to know

  1. This is such a useful post. I do use essential oils but only very sparingly – like lavender on my pillow so I don’t know all the ins and outs as outlined above – thank you!

    1. I love essential oils and they are so easy to use but there is so much misinformation out there that I felt I needed to share what I know.

  2. I have been using essential oils for about 3 months and they are great! The vanilla one is so relaxing, I have a lemon one in the living room and its soothing as well.

  3. I’ve just started my essential oils journey and appreciate the good information here. It’s so important, too, for people to use them safely

  4. This is really interesting. I’ve definitely added essential oils to the bath before, I never realised they would separate. I’ll definitely remember this in future.

    1. I know it is so easy to think just adding a few drops will work but if you add it in an oil it will work better.

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