Few important tips for use of essential oils

We are aware about aromatherapy, and the use of various essential oils in our day-to-day wellness routine and beauty regimen. However, before using essential oils, it is vital to also know about how to include these oils into our beauty regimen, their storage, and the necessary precautions to be taken before using them, so that they can be used more effectively.

  • Before using any kind of essential oil on your skin, first do a patch test to ensure you do not have any negative reactions.
  • Essential oils are usually highly concentrated. Hence, it is better not to use them directly on your skin. You may have to dilute them into a base or carrier oil to prevent reaction of any kind. For blending, you can use any carrier oil like aloe vera, almond, avocado, calendula, grapeseed, walnut, jojoba, sunflower, sunflower, safflower, apricot kernel, pumpkin seed, evening primrose, wheatgerm, coconut and vitamin E.
  • However, unlike other essential oils that need to be diluted with carrier oil before use, lavender essential oil can be applied directly to the skin, as it is excellent for relaxation.
  • Ensure that you are aware about the possible side-effects of an essential oil, before using it. For instance, Eucalyptus oil, if used excessively, may cause headaches. Similarly, tea tree oil, if swallowed accidently when applying it on lips, is toxic. Bergamot essential oil is phototoxic. It can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, and hence it is better to avoid using bergamot when spending time in the sun.
  • If by chance, the essential oil gets into your eye, use vegetable oil, not water, to rinse it.
  • The use of essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy, as pregnant women often feel abnormal sensitivity to smells and taste, which can lead to nausea and irritation.
  • Epileptics and people with high blood pressure should consult healthcare professional before use of essential oils.
  • Infants, babies and children can use essential oils, but, very cautiously, after consulting the doctor.
  • It is better not to add essential oil directly to bath water. Add them to a gel base or Epsom salts or other dispersing agent first, particularly, when using them for children.
  • When blending oils, it is best to use non-metallic utensils, particularly glass. Plastic containers should never be used.
  • Leave air space in the bottle before closing, so the oil can breathe.
  • When mixing it with carrier oils, ensure that the carrier oil is also of good quality, as the therapeutic grade essential oil used.
  • If you dislike the smell of a particular essential oil, do not use it for emotional benefits.
  • All citrus essential oils can make skin photosensitive.

Storage

  • Right storage is the key to getting the most of your essential oils. To retain the aromatic and therapeutic properties of essential oils, store them in cobalt blue or amber bottles. Dark glass also helps to keep out deteriorating sunlight. Also, it is better to avoid purchase of essential oils stored in clear glass bottles.
  • Never leave your essential oils in a place of direct sun exposure. This can result in oxidation, and loss of effectiveness of the oil.
  • You can also consider using aromatherapy boxes for storage of oils. The boxes can help keep them together in a place, away from temperature extremities, as the essential oils are more prone to evaporation.
  • Never leave essential oils near sources of ignition, as they are flammable.
  • Never store essential oils in plastic bottles, as they can end up melting the plastic, at times.