Essential Oil Safety

tips on using essential oils safely

dōTERRA's pure essential oils are very potent. Whether you are applying oils topically, consuming them internally, or using them aromatically, remember a little goes a long way.

  • As a precaution, if you are taking prescription drugs, discuss it with your physician before using essential oils to prevent any type of drug interaction.
  • For topical use especially if it is for the first time - you may want to dilute with a carrier oil for possible skin sensitivity.
  • Follow dilution ratio for children, babies, and pets.
  • Photosensitizing - typically citrus oils can react with ultraviolet light to create substances that may cause hyperpigmentation or burning on the skin. If applied topically, protect your skin from direct light exposure for at least 12 hours.
  • The bottom of your feet are the safest part of the body for topical application.
  • Essential oils are generally safe to apply anywhere on your skin, but avoid on or near the inside of the nose, the inner ear, eyes, broken skin, and other sensitive areas of the body.
  • If your skin begins to turn red, itch, or burn, remove the oil by gently wiping the area with a soft cloth, then alternate between adding a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil and gently wiping the area.
  • Less oils more frequently is always better. Excessive use at one given time can reduce the effects of that oil.
  • When consuming internally, a drop or two is all you need at one time. You can add oil directly to water or another liquid, or place oil in an empty capsule and swallow.
  • If taking oils internally, use glass, ceramic, or stainless steel, do not use plastic.
  • Only use essential oils that are certified to be pure with no added fillers.

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