I started learning about essential oils about a year ago and it has been a very rewarding and fun journey. I didn’t even know the difference between thieves oil and coconut oil when I started but now I feel more and more like an expert and am completely convinced of their overall safety. There are a few areas of caution you should know about, especially, working with a trusted supplier (This is the brand I use exclusively).
Be aware that not all oils are the same, some are merely for smelling good and can be synthetically compromised during processing. Perfume quality or aromatherapy grade oils, commonly sold in health food stores, can cause more harm than good. When using them topically or aromatically these lower grade oils are distilled using solvents or are adulterated during the processing with fillers.
The best essential oils are therapeutic grade and can be used to support the normal and healthy function of the cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, lymphatic system, digestive system, and so much more. Get started on the rewarding and healing use of essential oils here.
Avoid These 6 Uses for Essential Oils
1. Avoid In the Ear Canal
You can put a few drops of oil on a cotton ball or around the outside of the ear. Some oils can have a warm sensation when applied to delicate areas and the inside of the ear is very sensitive. If you want to use essential oils for the ear place a few drops on a cotton ball and place it gently in the opening of the canal without shoving or forcing the cotton ball inside. You can use a piece of tape to keep it in place. I only recommend Young Living brand of oils for immune support. These are some good oils to keep your immune system running well:
- Tea Tree
2. Avoid in the Eyes
All essential oils are not made for use inside the eyes. If you get some essential oil in your eye use coconut oil or olive oil to dilute it and wipe with a washcloth or cotton ball. The warm feeling will go away pretty quickly but water is not very helpful so make sure to use something greasy like olive oil, which is usually handy.
3. Avoid Essential Oils Internally
There is a vitality line that is the only one brand of essential oils that can be ingested safely essential oils. These oils are labeled on the back if they are safe to use as a dietary supplement. The brands you will find at the health food store are perfume grade and have no therapeutic benefit other than smelling nice. Do not even think about using store bought oils internally becasue they are a load of garbage. Use common sense and in addition to making sure you only use Young Living Oils, always consult your doctor. Some essential oils have very potent effects so it is a good idea to work with an aromatherapist if you will be ingesting them long term.
4. Release the Negative Emotions
Part of magical powers of essential oils is that they use your energy field and belief they can be. Essential oils are basically the blood for plants so just like our own blood essential oils can have supportive effects when used topically, diffused and ingested (vitality line only). What can happen though is that they can pick up on our negative energy when we are dismissive of their capabilities. Make sure to only use the best oils here.
There have been experiments where workers in a field had disagreements near the plants and the plants later had less healing constituents when analyzed than the plants near the workers who spoke lovingly around the plants. Essential oils are a very spiritual and we can magnify their powers when we affirm their potency.
Young Living essential oils are especially potent because of all the care that goes into them with the seed to seal guarantee, in which every step is monitored for purity. Have an open attitude when working with essential oils to see the most benefit. This is a great book on the topic from Dr Carolyn Mein.
5. Use Caution with Pets
There are certain oils that are well suited for dogs and cats and some caution and study is important for making sure your pet has the best experience.
Some oils are upsetting to cats delicate systems: lemon, orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, pine, tea tree, spruce, and fir, and ones high in phenols including cassia, clove, oregano, thyme, and savory. Make sure to use in a well ventilated room, if using.
Many oils are safe for dogs including: Cedarwood, lavender, peppermint, ginger, bergamont, marjoram, chamomile and more.
Read more about the pet safety and oils topic in the must have the essential oils guidebook which is my free gift to you when you become a member and get a premium starter kit.
6. Avoid Using Undiluted Oils with Children:
Neat is another word for undiluted which means the oil is applied full strength directly to the skin which is not a good idea for kids. A good place to start using oils with children is putting it on their feet because it is a less sensitive area that is less likely to have a skin reaction. Dilution is the key when it comes to children so dilute, dilute, dilute. This can mean 1 drop of oil to 10 drops of liquid carrier oil such as (avocado, coconut, jojoba, etc.).
Dilution can also occur by using your diffuser which is an ultrasonic mist of oils that is used to put oils into the home. This is a safe way to use around babies because it is automatically diluted with water and is spread over 650 square feet so it will not be too concentrated. It can help bolster the immune system and cheer up a crying baby and mom. Get your diffuser here with the premium starter kit.
Bonus: Use Caution with Private Sensitive Areas
Many oils such as peppermint, thieves, cloves, and citrus oils can be warm on the skin and may cause slight discomfort when applied to delicate private parts so it is best to avoid these areas with the hot oils. If you ever accidentally get a spicy oil on your skin just rub coconut oil on it and the feeling will go away shortly. You can use oils vaginally and rectally by making a suppository with coconut oil and freezing it until solid. They can also be used with an organic tampon that is covered in coconut oil.
Essential oils guide books you will explain this process in more detail. There are a few oils that really set the mood in the bedroom such as Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Clary Sage. (More oils for your sex life here). Just rub a few drops on your wrists and ankles to get in the mood or put a few drops in the diffuser for a romantic setting that will be just right. The diffuser comes free in the Premium Starter Kit below.
Read my other post about 11 ways I use essential oils here.