If used as recommended, and under the care of a qualified
practitioner, aromatherapy is very safe. Please remember that essential oils are very
concentrated. Do not use too much. (Too much is not better in case of essential oils.)
Also, please be wary of any allergies people have to essential oils. (Try on a small spot
to see whether there is any allergic reactions before exposing the whole body). Caution is
particularly recommended for patients who are pregnant, have allergy, high blood pressure
or epilepsy. Be careful with young children or babies. If you accidentally spill the
essential oils on your skin or eye, wash it off immediately with whole milk.
Milk with some fat in it is best for reducing irritation and removing the oil actually in the eye.
You may also use olive oil or other vegetable oil to resolve any issues if experiencing a burning sensation which would be possible with oils like peppermint.
Watch out for inflamed skin if you use essential oils. If you
consume the oil by accident, drink lot of milk, eat soft bread, and go to the nearest
poison control center for appropriate action.
Oral consumption of aromatic oils are strongly discouraged
unless you are under the care and supervision of an experienced practitioner. Many of
these essential oils are very toxic. You should not apply the undiluted essential oil on
your body as these are very concentrated and you may experience discomfort. The exception
to this is lavender oil which can be applied safely in the undiluted form for burns and
It is a very good idea to keep your eyes closed while
inhaling the aromatic oil. This helps build up your imagery which enhances the effect of
the essential oil. It also prevents the "fumes" from irritating the eyes at
close range. Don't apply any oils close to your eyes.
Certain oils such as mint oil causes insomnia. Do not use
it at night (if you want go to sleep.)
See Also: Hazardous Essential Oils:
List of Oils That Should Not Be Used In Aromatherapy
Next Topic: Essential Oils for Relaxation
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