10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Began Using Essential Oils

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  1. Use caution when searching for essential oil safety information & recipes online. There is a lot of unsafe advice out there! Make sure to use reputable sources and use extra caution when it comes to essential oil usage around children.

  2. Don’t go crazy! To avoid feeling overwhelmed, start out small. Learn the different uses and properties of 2-3 essential oils that you are interested in. Once you are comfortable with using those, and know their properties and contraindications, then continue to add to your collection.

    [If you would like to read more about a few versatile essential oils that are great for beginners, click to read my blog post6 Versatile Essential Oils for Beginners]

  3. You can use essential oils in a few different ways! Via inhalation (breathing in through the nose) or by applying them topically (to the skin); ingesting essential oils should only be done if you are under the care of a properly trained & certified Aromatherapist. The method you want to use varies based on what you are using the essential oils for.

  4. To know which essential oil application method to use, remember that topical application is best for topical skin issues (rashes, scars, acne, wrinkles, bug bites, burns etc.) and under-the-skin issues (bruises, spasms, muscle aches etc.) inhalation is most effective for digestive issues, mood and circulatory issues. In some situations, it may be best to use both topical and inhalation.

  5. Heat, light and oxygen all shorten the life of essential oils. To extend the life of your oils; store them with the lids tightly closed in a cool, dark place (you could even have a dedicated essential oil mini-fridge).

  6. Viscosity is how thick or thin the consistency of a liquid is. This pertains to aromatherapy because essential oils can be thin like water, or even thick like honey and won’t pour unless warmed a little. Use caution if you are pouring straight out of the bottle (I personally recommend pipettes for getting essential oils out of the bottle with more precision when distributing the oil into your blend).

  7. Proper dilution when using essential oils topically is extremely important.  Essential oils are very concentrated and diluting them to the proper ratio with a carrier oil makes them safer for topical application.

  8. Signs of over-doing topical essential oil use include: irritation, redness, itching, burning or even blisters.

  9. Some essential oils are phototoxic and can cause a reaction (irritation, blisters, severe sunburn) when your skin is exposed to sunlight or UV rays [tanning bed]. Oils that require caution are:
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  10. Use caution around pets. Do your research on which essential oils are okay to use around your beloved furry friends.