Even though I am diligent about practicing safe essential oil use, I have accidentally spilled neat essential oil on the non-gloved part of my arm during blending or product creation. Accidents happen, it is best to be prepared, just in case!
Remember, a reaction to an essential oil can occur over time; it may not happen the first time you use an oil. It may take several uses before you notice any signs/symptoms.
- Adverse Skin Reactions
Across all age groups, adverse skin reactions are the most common type of adverse reaction associated with essential oils, and is often the result of using undiluted essential oils.
To avoid over-inhalation, avoid prolonged use of essential oils (intermittent diffusing is recommended) as it could lead to respiratory distress, headache, nausea, burning eyes/throat, cough or shortness of breath.If this occurs, immediately remove the affected person to fresh air. If they are not breathing on their own, call 911 and perform mouth-to-mouth until medical personnel arrive.
- Eye contact
NEVER use essential oils in the eyes. If accidental exposure occurs, immediately flush the eye for 15-30 minutes, with copious amounts of water (remove contact lenses after the first 5 minutes of flushing).Use a bowl or softly running faucet to open and close your eyes while under water – ensure that you rinse the oil out from all parts of the eye, including the lashes. Once complete, you may apply a drop of vegetable oil to the eye. If irritation persists, seek medical attention.
Do not induce vomiting. If the person is conscious and not convulsing, rinse mouth with water and immediately call a poison control center or the nearest hospital/ER.Avoid alcohol. If the person is convulsing or unconscious, do not give anything by mouth; ensure the airway is open and lay them on their side with the head lower than the body. Contact emergency medical services/911 for evaluation and transport to a medical facility as soon as possible.