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Guidelines & Safety for Aromatherapy

1. Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.

2. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children. Treat them as you would any other therapeutic product.

3. Do not use essential oils rich in menthol (such as peppermint) on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age.

4. Direct sunlight and essential oils. Lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, white angelica and other citrus oils may cause a rash or darker pigmentation if applied to the skin and exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet rays with 3 to 4 days of use.

5. Keep essential oils away from eye area and do not put into the ear. Do not handle contact lenses or rub the eyes with essential oils on your fingers. Oils with high phenol content - oregano, helichrysum, cinnamon, thyme, clove. Lemongrass, bergamot, - may damage contacts and irritate the eye.

6. Those who are pregnant should consult their health care professional before using essential oils containing constituents with hormone-like activity, such as clary sage, sage, Idaho tansy, juniper and fennel.

7. People who suffer from epilepsy and those with high blood pressure should consult their health care professional before using essential oils. Avoid hyssop, fennel and Idaho tansy oils.

8. Those with allergies should test a small amount of any oil on a small area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the arm, before applying to other areas of the body. The bottoms of your feet are one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.

9. Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Use a bath gel base as a dispersing agent for oils in your bath.


By: Dolores Gozzi - Fort Myers, USA

 


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