Essential oils are naturally safe and have few, if any undesirable side effects when used as directed. They are, however, powerfully concentrated and should be used with care. Be sure to use only pure essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions. Essential oils should never be used in the eyes or inside the ear canal. If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil to the affected area – water will not dilute essential oils.
CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE USING ESSENTIAL OILS IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR UNDER A DOCTORS’S CARE.
That being said the following is a LIST OF SPECIFIC KNOWN SAFETY CONCERNS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS.
|Health Condition||Never use these Oils|
|BREAST-FEEDING||Birch, Cassia, Lemongrass, Wintergreen|
|BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATION HYPERTENSION||Grapefruit|
|BLOOD THINNER MEDICATION||Birch, Frankincense (has blood thinning effects), Holy Basil (is an anti-coagulent),Patchouli, Wintergreen|
|DIABETES – Blood Sugar Disorders||Bergamot, Myrrh (lowers blood sugar levels)|
|DRUG INTERACTIONS||Grapefruit, Patchouli, Peppermint|
|EPILEPSY – Sleep Disorders||Basil, Birch, Fennel, Hysopp, Rosemary, Wintergreen|
|INFANTS & CHILDREN||Oregano (Not recommended)|
|INTERNAL USE||Roman Chamomile (limit to 2 weeks only), Wintergreen|
|LIVER FUNCTION – Impaired||Holy Basil|
|NAUSEA & HEADACHES||Ylang Ylang – when used in excessive amounts.|
|PREGNANT||Basil, Birch (NEVER), Clary Sage (using on the abdomen may cause uterine contractions), Cypress, Fennel, Geranium, Hysopp (may cause uterine contractions) Jasmine, Lemongrass, Myrrh (FetoToxic – poisonous to the fetus), Oregano (Embryotoxic), Roman Chamomile (stimulates Blood flow to the pelvic region), Rosemary (minimal use), Rose Oil (stimulates blood flow to the pelvic region), Wintergreen|
|SEIZURE DISORDER||Basil, Birch, Fennel, Hysopp, Rosemary, Wintergreen|