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Responsible Safety Precautions

Responsible Safety Precautions

General Precautions

If you or a member of your family becomes ill do not diagnose or treat yourself, get proper medical treatment from a qualified health care provider. Then, you may proceed with complimentary aromatherapy to help you or your family member feels better. Remember, aroma therapy is not to be used to replace proper medical care.

The suggestions in this information are for general use, if you are undecided as to which essential oil to use, consult a qualified aroma therapist who will help guide you in the right direction.

Only purchase essential oils from a reputable company with documentation on purity.

Essential oil should have a lot number, expiration date, and tamper-proof lid.

Only use high quality essential oils identified by the botanical name and given the chemical variety (ct chemo-type) of the oil where appropriate.

For example, Thymus vulgaris is the botanical name for Thyme. There are two different chemo-types of Thyme commonly sold. Thyme ct. thymol contains phenols and is an irritant to the skin and large amounts are liver toxic which makes it inappropriate for children, the elderly or those who have liver diseases. The other is Thyme ct. linalool which is non-toxic and non-irritating and is very useful for children.

Keep your essential oils away from children, with the caps securely tightened.

Do not expose to heat, light or the air.

Replacing the caps as soon as you finish with the bottle will help to extend the life of your oils.

Exposure to the air unnecessarily will cause the oils to oxidize and spoil.

Peppermint Precautions

Do not use Peppermint essential oil on children under 30 months of age. The menthol can, in rare cases, cause a breathing spasm and cut off the air supply.

Not recommended for those who are suffering from atrial fibrillation for the same reason.

If you are taking homeopathic remedies, the essential oil treatments must be given at least an hour apart to prevent them interfering with the homeopathic treatment, especially when using Peppermint, which should be two to three hours apart.

Peppermint stays on your fingers long after you have washed your hands and you could rub it into your eyes. Always apply essential oil with the little finger as it is least likely to get into your eye.

More often than not, the "essential oils" that are in so many products on the market are not derived from a plant, but from a test tube in a lab or if derived from a plant (originally), they're so diluted, extended or adulterated, the marketable end result is anything but a therapeutic essential oil.

Responsible Precautions

Keep essential oils out of the eyes.

When using essential oils with children and the very elderly, use caution when applying oils to the hands as they may rub them in their eyes. Should any essential oil get into the eyes, wash it out with whole milk or vegetable oil to dilute before seeking medical advice.

Internal Use

Never take essential oil by mouth unless under the guidance of a suitably qualified practitioner, working in cooperation with your own doctor.

Stick to the recommended doses only. Do not attempt to go above the recommended amounts unless under the guidance of a qualified aroma therapist.

Pregnancy and Internal Use

Do not use essential oils orally when pregnant. We know that oils pass through the placenta and the high concentration of essential oil molecules will be difficult for the developing fetus to detoxify as their detox system is not mature or fully functional. About ten times more essential oil molecules will enter the bloodstream when ingested then with application to the skin.

Poisoning

Even a 5 ml bottle can contain enough essential oil for a lethal dose of poisoning if a child were to accidentally drink the bottle.

Always keep them out of reach of children with the orifice reducer in place and the lid tightly closed.

Remember, when plants are distilled the resulting oil is 100 times more concentrated then the plant material.

Nasal Application

The mucus membranes of the nasal passages are known to absorb readily whatever is placed inside, such as the nasal sprays used to administer doses of drugs for various conditions. Care must be taken when using this method of application. As reported by Penny Price, serious though non-fatal toxicity in children has been reported when applying or injecting Peppermint and/or Eucalyptus globulus inside the nose. Due to the seriousness of these cases many professional aroma therapists recommend that essential oils should not be instilled into the noses of children under age six.

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