The following notes on essential oils are published in my Esther’s Days of Purification book. Today I feel the need to publish them in my blog because there seems to be a growing number of people (MLM companies) who continue to promote unsafe practices of essential oils. I’m quite alarmed in their claims and feel that our freedom of buying and using these pure, plant products could become “controlled” by the government (FDA) in the future. If you have any questions of comments please contact me.
Notes on Essential Oils
Precious Oils believes that care and common sense must be used with essential oils. Aromatherapy is not a regulated industry and there are many “theories” being claimed within the growing number of companies selling essential oils. We are of the “old school” and do not believe that essential oils should be used undiluted or ingested. We also understand that often just a few drops are needed in applications of bath, compresses, massage and diffusers.
Pure essential oils often do not smell “good” like synthetic oils, especially Biblical oils. They are often very balsamic and earthy smelling, but the therapeutic elements of these oils are of great benefit. Adding a citrus oil often helps bring life to the aroma.
Please do not smell your essential oils from the bottles directly, or share your oils this way. It is better to place a drop on a tissue, cotton ball or Q-tip. Wait a moment and then breath in. You can cut your own scent strips from unbleached coffee filters.
Keep all essential oils in a dark, cool place. Temperature should be around 65-70° F. Precious Oils is using the clear, dropper bottles so you can reflect on the beauty of the essential oils. The clear bottles also let you know how much you have left. Remember to store in a dark, cool place!
Always remember everything and anything can cause an allergic reaction. Doing a “patch test” on your skin is always recommended.
NOTES ON ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY
Very Toxic Oils Aniseed, Mugwort, Pennyroyal, Wintergreen. Be extremely cautious when you must use these Oils, using only small amounts and storing them safely away from children.
Semi-Toxic Oils Cassia, Birch, Cedar wood, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Lemon, Thyme. All of these, plus Orange and Eucalyptus can also become increasingly toxic if used repeatedly over a period of time.
Avoid the following Oils during pregnancy Basil, Clary Sage, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Rosemary and large amounts of Peppermint. Any of them can prematurely induce labor. Also avoid the very toxic and semi-toxic Oils, to protect the fetus.
Avoid in cases of Epilepsy Fennel, Sage and large amounts of Rosemary or Hyssop. These could provoke an unwanted epileptic reaction, If a person has a predisposition to this condition.
Be Aware of the Skin Irritants All Citrus Oils (except Bergamot), Black Pepper, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemongrass, Melissa, Nutmeg and large amounts of Cinnamon Leaf or Peppermint.
Persons with Asthma should use smaller amounts of any of the Essential Oils. The amounts can then be increased gradually if there is no sign of an adverse reaction.