I love essential oils, and I use them in a variety of ways. I was initially drawn to using essential oils when I decided to remove toxic chemicals from my house. I had heard so many great things about essential oils that I figured they were safe to use anywhere for anything. After doing some reading and research, I realized that there are times you may not want to use essential oils.

Babies and Small Children

Avoid diffusing essential oils near a baby younger than six months old. Hydrosols, herbs, carrier oils, butters, and homeopathy are safer options for tiny babies. Check with a certified aromatherapist if you feel your baby or small child needs essential oils.

Pets

There are some essential oils that are safe for dogs, but many are not. You should never use essential oils with cats because their liver can build up toxins that may be harmful. I found this article helpful. Some essential oils should  not be used in the vicinity of small animals like gerbils and rabbits, or birds.

With Other Medications

Many people use essential oils to support a healthy lifestyle, myself included. However, before you add an essential oil to your daily routine, it’s important to check with your medical provider to be certain that there are no contraindications for combining it with prescription medications you are taking.

When Guests Visit

As much as you may be in love with lavender and peppermint essential oils, everyone may not share your preferences. If you have guests visiting, confine diffusing to your bedroom or areas your guests won’t be using. Your visitors may have allergies, or they be sensitive to strong scents.  If you tend to use a lot of essential oils, air out your house before visitors arrive.

Directly on Skin

I love beauty products with essential oils and regularly pamper myself by applying some after a long day. But you should never apply an essential oil directly to your skin. All essential oils should be mixed with a carrier, like sweet almond, jojoba, or coconut oil, before using. Applying an essential oil directly to your skin can cause irritation or a skin rash.

Adding essential oils to your daily routine is an excellent way to relax, clean naturally, and scent your home. However, it’s important that you use high-quality oils. Be certain that you look for information about dilution rates, extraction methods, botanical names, and safety guidelines. Avoid companies that recommend unsafe practices. Be aware that the International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally, unless you are supervised by a medical doctor who is qualified in clinical aromatherapy.