10 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Essential Oils
Learn the common mistakes not to make when using essential oils!
Essential oils provide numerous benefits, but sometimes even those who have used them for years can make a mistake. Here is a list of some mistakes to avoid making when using essential oils.
1. Assuming that more is better
While essential oils can do amazing things for your skin, hair, and overall health and wellness, a little goes a long way. Using a lot of an oil will NOT speed up results! Essential oils are powerful, and there are side effects that come with excessive use. This is why it’s so important to learn how to use each oil safely. Keep them stored well away from children and pets and be sure to always dilute to the proper usage level if you are going to use them on children or pets.
2. Diffusing too much oil for long periods of time
Inhalation is one of the fastest ways to get essential oils into your system, and diffusers are growing in popularity. The problem is that many people put too much oil in the diffuser and run the oil for hours or days at a time. This can put your system on overload or desensitize you to the aromatic benefits of an essential oil. Do yourself a favor by using small amounts and limiting diffuser use to a few hours at a time. Also check with your vet which oils are ok to diffuse around pets. Extended exposure to some oils may have adverse affects.
3. Dropping essential oils into bath water undiluted
Essential oils, like any other oil, do not mix well with water. They are more likely to float on the surface than mix leaving your skin vulnerable to high-concentration exposure that can result in irritation. Carrier oils are essential when using essential oils in the bath, or you can dilute the oils by adding into soaps, shampoos, and other products you plan to use.
4. Believing that essential oils are alternative treatments for serious medical conditions
It is true that essential oils have powerful health benefits, but they do not replace primary medications. Do NOT stop taking your prescription or over-the-counter medications, and be sure to tell your doctor about the oils that you’re using as some can counteract the effects of your medication.
5. Exposing your skin to sunlight or a tanning bed after applying photosensitive oils
Some essential oils are phototoxic, which means that they can burn your skin or cause cellular changes when exposed to sunlight or the heat of a tanning bed. Many citrus essential oils are photosensitive, but you should also watch out for bergamot and cumin oils when going out in the sun. Even though our Bergamot is FCF (Furocoumarin Free), it is advised not to apply any essential oil on areas that are immediately being exposed to direct UVA, UVB radiation unless highly diluted with a carrier oil.
6. Assuming that essential oils are natural products, so they’re always safe
Essential oils are powerful compounds that aren’t safe for all people in all situations or for all types of use.
Some people are more sensitive to certain essential oils than other people. You may be able to apply some essential oils directly to your skin while other people may burn or have serious irritations. It is a safer practice to properly dilute every essential oil if applying it to the skin, especially if using an essential oil on a child.
If you are pregnant or on medications, you should also consult your doctor if it is safe for you to use essential oils.
Some oils are safe for ingestion while others are not. As a precaution we DO NOT recommend that you should ingest ANY essential oils.
7. Not researching each oil used
While you may know the overall gist of HOW to use essential oils it is most helpful to learn about every individual essential oil. The more you know about the oils in your home, the easier it will be to use them effectively and maximize results safely. This is especially important if you have children or pets in the home.
8. Using essential oils anywhere near your eyes, ears, or other mucus membranes
Beauty blogs and other well-meaning resources will sometimes recommend essential oils to create thick, luscious eyelashes, and this leads many people to put those oils on their lashes. You never want to put oils anywhere near your eyes because it will cause burning and irritation. Your eyesight is too precious to risk using essential oils anywhere near them. This goes for using essential oils in your ears, nose, or any other mucus membrane as well. You can use essential oils on the outside of your ear but you must be sure not to get any into the ear canal and be sure to stay away from any mucus membranes.
9. Not washing your hands after using an essential oil
This again is about protecting your eyes, ears and other mucus membranes! The oil may get on your hands even if you didn’t see it transfer, and it only takes a drop to irritate your eyes or other sensitive areas. Also, certain oils may not be safe for contact with children or pets without being properly diluted.
10 Underestimating the importance of carrier oils
Carrier oils like fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are invaluable when using essential oils. If you are ever in doubt about the safety of an oil for direct application, always mix with a carrier oil and try on a small patch of skin first. You can spare yourself a lot of pain by just following this one rule.
We encourage you to never stop learning about the amazing benefits and uses of essential oils. We hope that this list will help you avoid making some mistakes as you continue this adventure in not only how to enrich your life and support your body naturally, but also how to protect your body and your loved ones.
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