Aromatherapy & Safety: Essential Oils

Mindmap on the safety of essential oils.

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  • Safety with essential oils
    • Pregnancy
      • Avoid basil, cedarwood, clary sage, juniper berry, marjoram, myrrh and sage.
      • After first free months of pregnancy; fennel, peppermint, rosemary and rose can be used.
    • Epilepsy
      • Do not use fennel, sage or rosemary.
    • High Blood Pressure
      • Avoid rosemary, sage, thyme and stimulating spice oils.
    • Exposure to Sun
      • Bergamot should be avoided before exposure to sun.
      • Citrus oils should be used diluted in a carrier oil when skin is exposed to sun.
    • Homeopathy
      • If using homeopathy, avoid chamomile, camphor and mint oils.
      • Some oils may neutralize the effects of homeopathic treatments.
    • Children
      • Blends for children under 12 are usually half an adult dose (half amount of drops/diluted 50%)
    • Skin Irritants
      • Clove and cinnamon can cause irritation - must be diluted in carrier oil (12 drops to 1 ounce carrier oil)
      • basil, fennel, fir, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, thyme and tea tree - always diluted unless inhaled.
    • Allergic Reaction
      • To test for allergy, apply drop of oil on inside of the elbow. If the skin turns red, do not use.


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