When used appropriately, essential oils and aromatherapy products are safe for all the entire family. As with all things in life though, some common sense precautions should be observed when using essential oils since they are highly concentrated.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin except in an emergency; especially avoid using directly on to cuts, burns or insect bites. A single drop of undiluted Lavender, Tea Tree or Chamomile Roman oil can be used to soothe and protect from infection when blended with carrier oils. Make sure you don’t apply them more than once or twice a day. Some people can become sensitized to Tea Tree oil if it is applied repeatedly.
Undiluted essential oils should be kept away from the eye area, unattended children, pets and. Do not ever, use undiluted oils on children under the age of 3.
You must seek the advice of your doctor, midwife or aromatherapist before using any essential oils if you are pregnant . Once your doctor has given their approval they should be used only after the first trimester, and then at only a 1% concentration, which is half the normal strength.
Essential oils best avoided throughout your pregnancy include:
- Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
- Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
- Sage (Salvia officinalis)
- Savin oil (Juniperus sabina) – Never use in aromatherapy
Babies and young children
Never use any essential oils undiluted on babies up to 3 years old. Keep all essential oils out of reach of children and babies. Certain essential oils could be toxic if ingested. No essential oils should be given orally to children. You must seek the advice of your doctor, or aromatherapist before using any essential oils for your babies or children.