Essential Oil Safety

Essential Oils have been shown in studies to have very few negative side effects or risk when they are used cautiously. But given how popular essential oils are now, it’s not surprising that there are some growing concerns regarding essential oil safety, especially concerning internal use of essential oils.

Have you been told it’s safe to ingest essential oils?  Where you told by someone you trust and respect?  Was that person a Certified Aromatherapist and/or a Licensed Physician?  If your answers are Yes, Yes and No, please heed our advice!  NO, you should not ingest essential oils!!!  All the research we have done at Harmony Naturals indicates that this is not a wise practice. Essential oils are extremely concentrated and solvent in nature.  They can rip the finish off your wood flooring, dissolve adhesives and eat right through a plastic cup – even just one drop.  If essential oils can do this to wood finish and plastic, how do you think your delicate stomach and intestinal linings will hold up?  If you want to medicinal benefits of nature’s plants, make an herbal tea.  We personally have stripped the finish off a brand-new table and ruined a plastic shelf with essential oils.  Additionally, if you ingest essential oils, there is a possibility that they could mix with your current medications or aggravate a current medical state or condition – this could accidentally create a toxic situation!  

Some national brands have sales people misinforming customers about the internal use of essential oil.  Their sales reps have been trained to assure you that their essential oils are so pure and superior that it makes them safe to ingest.  This is a sales tactic, not medical advice that a sales rep is qualified to give.  Essential oil quality has nothing to do with its “ingestability.”  Ignore the misinformation.  ALL essential oils (regardless of brand) can be dangerous if not used with caution and care; using essential oils safely should always be a top priority.  If you are still insistent on ingesting essential oils, please consult certified aromatherapist and/or a licensed physician knowledgeable in the internal use of essential oils. 

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Usage Safety

  • Always perform a patch test before use on skin
  • Discontinue use if irritation develops (skin, eyes, mucous membranes, breathing, etc.)
  • Never put essential oils in your eyes or other body openings
  • Don’t add essential oils in regular personal care products (this could deactivate the active ingredients) 
  • DO NOT USE CITRUS OILS (EVEN DILUTED) ON YOUR SKIN PRIOR TO UV SUNLIGHT EXPOSURE!! THIS INCLUDES OUTDOOR LIGHT AND TANNING BEDS! These essential oils cause the skin to be more sensitive to UV light and can lead to blistering, discoloration, and/or sunburns from minor exposure. 
  • If an essential oil gets in your eyes, flush with milk or other fatty liquid
  • If an essential oil is uncomfortable on your skin, APPLY CARRIER OIL, not water
  • And in case you didn’t catch it the other times, NEVER INGEST ESSENTIAL OILS!

Essential oils are extremely concentrated and should not be used on the skin undiluted; dilute in a ratio of about 1-5% (5-30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil or lotion). Extra caution should be used with babies, children and pregnant and nursing mothers. 

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Nevery store undiluted essential oils in plastic – always store your essential oils by keeping them tightly closed in dark, glass bottles, away from sunlight and heat. 

Do not store essential oils in direct sunlight. 

Do not put essential oils in a heated warmer, every oil has a different flash point. 

Do not put essential oils in plastic or Styrofoam.

Keep essential oils out of reach of children.