Remember that essential oils are very concentrated. Do not use too much. (Too much is not better in case of essential oils.) Also, please be wary of any allergies people have to essential oils. (Try on a small spot to see whether there is any allergic reactions before exposing the whole body). Caution is particularly recommended for patients who are pregnant, have allergy, high blood pressure or epilepsy. Be careful with young children

Oral consumption of aromatic oils are strongly discouraged unless you are under the care and supervision of an experienced practitioner. Many of these essential oils are very toxic. You should not apply the undiluted essential oil on your body as these are very concentrated and you may experience discomfort. The exception to this is lavender oil which can be applied safely in the undiluted form for burns and insect bites.

It is a very good idea to keep your eyes closed while inhaling the aromatic oil. This helps build up your imagery which enhances the effect of the essential oil. It also prevents the "fumes" from irritating the eyes at close range. Don't apply any oils close to your eyes.

Certain oils such as mint oil causes insomnia. Do not use it at night (if you want go to sleep). 

  • Keep all oils out of reach of children and pets

  • Do not take essential oils internally

  • Do not use near the eyes

  • Keep away from light and heat sources as they are flammable

  • If taking homeopathic remedies, consult qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils

  • Do a skin patch test if you are prone to sensitivities

  • If you have a history of high blood pressure or epilepsy, use caution with Rosemary, Thyme and Basil and seek the guidance of a trained aromatherapist before proceeding.

  • If there is any possibility of pregnancy, avoid all oils until consulting a qualified aromatherapist.

Certain oils can cause photosensitivity, causing the skin to be hypersensitive to ultraviolet rays (sunlight and tanning booths). Avoid exposure to ultraviolet rays for 12-24 hours following application of these oils ranging from high- to low-level photo toxicity: Angelica Root, Bergamot, Cumin Lemon, Lime, Bitter Orange, Lovage, Lemon Verbena, Melissa, Rue, Caraway, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Sweet Orange and Grapefruit, and Mandarin. Clary Sage should not be used when consuming alcohol. Clary Sage, Marjoram and Chamomile can cause drowsiness. Check reference books for specific precautions about each essential oil. Most essential oils are safe and nontoxic when used properly. When in doubt, seek guidance from a professional.


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