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  • Sun,11 2019

Safe ways to enjoy Essential Oils

Over the past few years, the market for essential oils has significantly grown. And, they are going to be the next big thing in the future. Essential oils undoubtedly have some unbeatable therapeutic properties that are enough to add them to your routine. But you need to use them responsibly at the same time. While choosing an oil, several things including its composition and dilution to dosage, age of the person, and underlying health conditions must be considered.


Common Scenarios & To-Do Things

Essential oils are openly marketed as natural products that they are. But not all natural things are suitable for every purpose. One must have proper knowledge of how to use essential oils. Here, we have mentioned some common risks associated with essential oils.


1) Ingestion 

Essential oils are not suitable for ingestion and should never be consumed. They can cause poisoning if ingested; knowingly, or unknowingly. You shouldn't get confused with the word 'natural' as even the natural things can be harmful if used inappropriately. In case you consume it, you should rinse your mouth and seek help from a doctor.


2) Topical application 

It is never a good idea to use neat oils for topical application. Certain oils, if used in high concentrations, may cause irritations. Therefore, you must always dilute essential oils with suitable carrier oils appropriately before using it. A patch test will also help you be sure that the oil is safe for your skin.


3) Phototoxicity

Some oils such as angelica root oil, cassia oil, and ginger oil become toxic when exposed to direct sunlight. This toxicity is known as phototoxicity which is a type of skin irritation. Therefore, these oils can be used in applications when direct sunlight is not involved such as candles and soaps. But they should not be used in lip balms or skin lotions.


4) Using during pregnancy

This is among the riskiest practices that put the fetus's health at stake. Pregnant women should avoid using essential oils, especially for the first three months. There are chances of the oil to cross the placental barrier and cause harm to the unborn if applied on your skin. And, swallowing might land you in bigger troubles including miscarriage.


5) Exposure to kids

This is another risky practice. One must keep in mind that not all oils are safe for kids. It is important to dilute the oil before using it if necessary. A kid has a softer skin as compared to an adult, and a lesser developed immune system too.


6) Using neat oils in baths

Soaking in a hot tub always relieves pains and lifts mood. And, adding an essential oil can take the experience to another level. However, it is not recommended to use neat oils in baths. You must properly dilute it with any carrier oil. By doing so, you can enjoy the aromatic, refreshing effect without stressing over the possible risks.


7) Mixing essential oils with foods and drinks 

Some essential oils are supposed to enhance the taste but they are still not recommended. Even if you want to use it, you must check all the cautions and contraindications before doing so. Following that, it should be diluted with olive and coconut oil and used in minimal amounts.