I love essential oils and use them a lot around the house, in linen spray, for dusting or washing the floor or diffused as air refresher. Before you use any essential oils on you or in your home, you need to be aware of a couple of things. The key word for use of oils is DILUTED. Never use any oil undiluted on yourself or around the house. Be careful, specially if you are pregnant, nursing or have pets. Then, use of essential oils is not recommended. Babies and children should only be treated with a much smaller amount of oils than adults, as they are a lot more sensitive
Reason for this is that essential oils are very concentrated. To give an example, 1 drop of Peppermint oil is equivalent to 26 or more cups of peppermint tea.
Oils can be applied on the skin, but only diluted, as they can either cause an allergic reaction on the skin, bad headaches or enter your bloodstream after being absorbed. Some of the oils are also sensitive to sunlight and cause sun burn on the skin where it was applied. Most oils are also not edible and will cause discomfort if ingested.
Thus before using or applying an oil, do you research or consult a licensed aromatherapist for exact advise, so you will not regret trying essential oils.
For more precise details on safety and proper use, please visit the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
I don’t mean to discourage anyone from using oils, as they have many benefits, but my aim is to ensure proper research and safety first!