Essential Oil Safety Tips

Essential oils are very
concentrated, so it’s important to handle them with care. Please
read these cautions carefully.


  • Always read and follow all label warnings and cautions.
  • Keep oils tightly closed and out of the reach of children.
  • Never ingest essential oils.
  • Don’t use undiluted oils on your skin. (Dilute with vegetable
  • Skin test oils before using. Dilute a small amount and apply
    to the skin on your inner arm. Do not use if redness or irritation
  • Keep oils away from eyes and mucous membranes.
  • If redness, burning, itching, or irritation occur, stop using
    oil immediately.
  • Avoid use of these oils during pregnancy: bitter almond,
    basil, clary sage, clove bud, hyssop, sweet fennel, juniper berry,
    marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sage, thyme and
  • These oils can be especially irritating to the skin: allspice,
    bitter almond, basil, cinnamon leaf, cinnamon bark, clove bud,
    sweet fennel, fir needle, lemon, lemongrass, melissa, peppermint,
    tea tree, wintergreen.
  • Angelica and all citrus oils make the skin more sensitive to
    ultraviolet light. Do not go out into the sun with these oils on
    your skin.
  • Sweet fennel, hyssop, sage, and rosemary should not be used by
    anyone with epilepsy.
  • People with high blood pressure should avoid hyssop, rosemary,
    sage, and thyme.

Aura Cacia, used with permission.

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