Some of the most beneficial oils can prove harmful under certain conditions. Concentrated oils are very strong, and just because a product is natural doesn't mean that it's harmless. Inappropriate use can often lead to adverse and damaging side effects.
While there are disagreements between professionals on potential warnings and side-effects, we've gathered together the most widely recognized safety information that you should have before purchasing your oils. In all cases, please consult with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns specific to your individual medical history.
With all essential oils, it's best to never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil.
If skin sensitivity occurs, discontinue use. If you suffer from any medical condition, including pregnancy, seek professional advice before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur.
Warning for specific Essential Oils:
Please read the ingredients and suggested uses for all essential oils before purchasing.
The following essential oils can cause sun photosensitivity: Bergamot, Cumin, Mandarine, Lemon, Tangerine, Orange, Verbena (moderate), Angelica, Caraway, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle absolute, Laurel Leaf absolute, Patchouli (mild), Virginia Cedarwood, Dill weed, and Petitgrain (very mild.)
If you are pregnant avoid: Basil, Cedarwood,Clary, Coriander, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Oregano, Myrrh, Peppermint (which should also be avoided while nursing), Rockrose, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.
Clary should not be used when consuming alcohol, because it can greatly increase its effects.
Marjoram and Chamomile can cause drowsiness.
If you are on anti-coagulant therapy (blood thinners) avoid oils high in Eugenol (clove, cinnamon leaf and bay laural (pimenta racemosa).
Essential Oils with a suspected history of causing sensitization (allergies) in some individuals: Aniseed, Bay, Benzoin , Balsam of Peru , Calamus, Cardamon , Cassia, Cinnamon Bark & Leaf, Citronella, Clary Sage , Costus, Dill Seed (not Weed), Fennel, Bitter, Fig Leaf Absolute, Galbanum Resin (cross sensitizing with Peru Balsam), Hyacinth Absolute , Jasmine Absolute, Junipers Laurel (bay laurel), Lemon , Litsea Cubeba Lovage , Mimosa Abs., Oakmoss Concrete , Orange , Pines Rose Absolute. (if used in high concentrations.) Spearmint, Tolu Balsam, Turpentine, Lemon Verbena , Ylangylang (in very high concentrations.)
The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.