You have probably heard something about essential oils by now But have you heard about essential oil safety?
The majority of my friends have used essential oils at least once or twice if not on a regular basis. I’ll admit that I am also a fan of essential oils. We diffuse them often and all of my family members have used them on more then one occasion.
They are great for so many things such as calming an anxious child who can’t seem to fall asleep (lavender, serenity, or vetiver are some of my favorites for this).
Peppermint oil works wonders for our sinus headaches, and even helps make Ant bites more tolerable with it’s cooling effect.
There are so many wonderful uses for essential oils, however if used incorrectly,they can also cause harm.
Certain oils can be applied to your skin directly while others must first be diluted with a carrier oils as they are so strong, some are even considered hot oils.
Essential oil Safety is just as important as knowing which oil to use for what purpose!
Just because essential oils are natural and have many beneficial qualities you must still exercise caution when handling them. Recently, my little one grabbed a bottle of oregano oil while I was mixing it with another oil in a roller bottle and she spilled some on her skin. She began to scream because of the burning sensation that occurred and I was so thankful that I knew what to do.
Oils are not water soluble and therefore can not be washed away with water.
- If you try to use water to wash them off you can end up driving the oil further into the skin or spreading it. In order to remove essential oils from the skin you have to dilute them with another oil. During this incident with my daughter, I poured a ton of olive oil all over my daughters abdomen and legs in order to dilute the oregano oil. My heart hurt knowing that she was burning but thankfully it only took a few minutes to calm her down and relive the burning sensation.
- Be sure that when mixing oils I keep them higher out of her reach.
- Know which oils you can apply directly to the skin (NEAT) and which ones need to be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil, or which ones are great to put in a diffuser for aromatherapy.
I write this post because I want you to know that essential oils are great but curious little ones can really hurt themselves if they get into oils. It’s important to understand that you must dilute an oil with an oil and to not use water in an effort to wash away an oil because it simply won’t work.
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