- Safety Guidelines
- How to Store Essential Oils
Though essential oils are a natural remedy, they are very potent. Use precaution and common sense when using essential oils.
- Read and follow label cautions and warnings
- Do a skin patch test on your inner arm before using essential oils topically. In case of skin irritation, stop using the oil. If using the oil neat, try diluting it before using it again.
- Do not ingest essential oils unless you are sure of their integrity and know their properties
- Citrus oils are phototoxic and sun exposure should be avoided for 12 hours after use
- Essential oils are flammable so keep away from heat and flame sources
- If you are pregnant or nursing, have sensitive skin, epilepsy, heart or kidney problems, or any serious medical condition, do not use essential oils unless advised by a physician or medical professional or aromatherapist
- If a given essential oil is used daily over two weeks, allow one week of rest before continuing use
- Vary oils to reduce the chance of acquiring a sensitivity reaction
- Keep essential oils away from your eyes. If oil get into eyes, flush out with a carrier oil or milk, never use water
- If you don’t feel right after using an essential oil, stop using it, or if you feel like you need to use a certain one, try it – use your intuition
- Keep out of reach of children and pets
How to Store Essential Oils
Essential oils are volatile and can be damaged by exposure to heat, oxygen and sunlight. Always store oils in amber or cobalt blue bottles. After use, the cap must be securely fastened and the bottle stored in a cool, dry place. When properly cared for, most essential oils have a shelf life of two to five years. Citrus oils oxidize easily so they have a shorter shelf life of between six months and one year. To extend the life of oils, store them in a fridge. The test of freshness in an essential oil is its fragrance.
Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.
Thanks, Mindy, for the tips!
Sure thing Angie. Have a wonderful week. 🙂 xo
Didn’t know that about citrus oils…interesting! Have a lovely week my friend. Cold and sunny day by the sea here today 😀
Blew a gale here today! Have a beautiful week dear friend. 🙂 xo
Did you know that you need to keep your oils away from homeopathic medication? I use my old oils on the inside of toilet rolls to make the bathroom sell nice. At least that way they don’t go to waste 🙂
Thanks, didn’t know that, although I would only stores EO’s together, not with anything else. Yes, I also use EO’s on the inside of my toilet rolls. Have a great day. 🙂 xo
I wondered why natural oils always come in dark bottles! Yes, storing them correctly is essential – we have so much heat here in Oz that some of my essential oils have been damaged because they weren’t stored correctly xx
I keep mine in a wooden box in our spare bathroom where it is always nice and cool. Have a wonderful day Charlie. 🙂 xo
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A wonderful round up on using Essential Oils safely! Thanks for the well put together read!!!
So pleased you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by. Have a super weekend. 🙂 xo
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Friday Follows!! A wonderful summary of some Essential Safety Tips for using Essential Oils!!!
Thanks for the re-blog and link back. 🙂 xo
Thanks for this~ good reminders. I keep meaning to move my essential oils from their current spot which is too close to a heating vent for my liking.
Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for stopping by. 🙂 xo
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Thanks for the link back. Have a super day. 🙂 xo