THE Domestic Goddess speaks on Essential Oil Safety

No, Francis!  Emperor said it’s my turn this week.

That’s right, Essential Oil Safety is a VERY important topic, now quit whining before I put your nose-like-orifice on the wall!

There are many myths and much misinformation floating around about essential oils these days.  So finding an independent certified aromatherapist not tied to any particular oil company is highly important!  Not to say those representing the oil companies don’t have a wealth of good knowledge, because they do, but there are points on which they may be naturally biased.  

I cannot cover every point of safety in a single blog post so I will cover some of the more important points.  If you should ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I will be glad to help! Now on to today’s topic.

One of the topmost safety points is the dilution of essential oils.  Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts of plants. This being the case, and because not all of the plant components are present in an extract, you lose some of the checks and balances naturally present in the whole plant.  Even those who say “I’m not sensitive” or “It’s never bothered me before” could be doing themselves eventual harm. Just because you do not react today does not mean you won’t develop a reaction in the future. So please do yourself a huge favor and dilute your essential oils!  A good place to start is 1 drop of essential oil to 10 drops of a carrier oil. A carrier oil can be almost any oil. Common carrier oils are olive oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil (fractionated or not), jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil. With children 1 drop to 20 is a better place to start.

Another safety point has to do with the proper storage of essential oils.  Oils need to be kept in a cool, dark place away from sunlight and extreme temperatures.  Heat will accelerate the rate of an oil going rancid over time and can alter the molecular structure.  Cold can be just as damaging to some oils, though those are few. It is still best to keep your oils at a comfortable room temperature away from direct light.  Also, never store your oils in plastic containers. Many oils will break down the plastic and leach its components. Never a good thing!

One last point for today is contact with metals.  Diffuser jewelry is becoming all the rage lately! Some of it is so beautiful and unique and I love it!  But be sure of your metals! Sterling Silver and Stainless Steel are the only two metals known for certain not to react with any essential oils even at full strength.  Even plated metals are not safe as the finish will rub off. And for those who, like me, love the look of the lava rock bracelets just be sure to use diluted oils!

OK I won’t overload you in one post….and Francis is whining again….Last warning Francis or you and the wall are going to get intimately acquainted!

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