Strictly observe the dosages, precautions for use, length of treatment and administration route: these are active extracts which must be used with the utmost care. Always keep your essential oil in its original packaging, with the instruction leaflet, so that you can refer to it whenever you need.
Safety precautions for essential oils :
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Do not replace one essential oil with another if you are unfamiliar with it, even if their names are similar: for instance, true lavender and spike lavender have different indications, as do thyme thymol and thyme linalool, or ravensare and ravintsara...
Always wash your hands thoroughly after using an essential oil.
Do not subject essential oils to intense heat (by placing a raised dish over a candle, for instance). Use a cold mist diffuser or ceramic gentle heat diffuser, or a mist humidifier.
Follow the instructions for use. A good number of essential oils are not permitted during pregnancy (especially the first trimester) and during breastfeeding. Similarly, some are not recommended for children under 7. In the event of kidney or liver problems, convulsive disorders, cardiovascular pathologies, persons subject to epilepsy or asthma and, in general, in the event of medical treatment or long-term disease, always seek the opinion of your family physician.
If you are being treated with medication,watch out for possible interactions with essential oils! Do not hesitate to ask your physician or pharmacist for advice.
An allergic reaction can never be ruled out, especially in vulnerable or sensitised subjects. It’s best to take a skin test (place 1 or 2 drops of essential oil on the inside of your elbow, wait 48 hours, then repeat and wait 1 hour to make sure there is no reaction).
What to do in the event of a problem?
Avoid all contact with the eyes and mucous membranes. Rinse immediately and thoroughly, preferably using plant oil (cooking or other oil), or if not available, rinse with clean water. Contact a physician or the poison center. Accidental ingestion Immediately contact the poison center.
Essential oils “from distillation”
This term is used when referring to a complex aromatic compound extracted from the plant by steam distillation.
Essential oils “from expression” (or essence)
This is a product obtained from citrus peels, by mechanical cold extraction.
This is aromatic water (when derived from flowers, the term is “floral water”). It is the water remaining once the product of the distillation process (essential oil) has been separated.
Used as a base for essential oils, facilitating their skin absorption and limiting their irritant effects. It softens and protects the skin.
Use plants and Essential Oils with care. Before use, read carefully the information and precautions for use.
Extracts from Top Santé's Guide '48 Essential Oils which every home needs to be healthy.