Essential Oils Safety
Essential oils are highly concentrated. Their safe use is treated with care and respect. The user must have knowledge of their properties and actions before any use. Most personal applications require drops rather than ounces.
- Always read and follow all warnings and precautions on the label
- Never ingest essential oils
- Keep tightly closed and out of reach of children.
- Oils skin test before use. Dilute a small amount and apply it to the skin of the inner arm. Do not use if redness occurs.
- Keep essential oils away from eyes and mucous membranes.
- If redness, burning, itching or irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately essential oils.
- Angelica and all citrus oils make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. Do not go out in the sun with these oils on the skin.
- People with high blood pressure should avoid hyssop, rosemary, sage, and
Safety retaining the following:
Essential Oil Composition
The composition of essential oils is typically complicated and requires a lot of understanding. Each essential oil is composed of many different organic molecules. What gives each essential oil of its uniqueness is not only one of its constituents but the whole delicate and complex mixture. Each individual perfume oil depends on the balance; The therapeutic value of each oil also depends on it. It is the number of components of oil that make it almost impossible to replicate with synthetic ingredients. The reaction between these components and their component molecules gives the oil its therapeutic value, so the man-made imitations never have the same power to heal as their natural counterparts. This equilibrium reaction between constituents and is also making a toxicant more or less oil than the other. The proportion of a toxic component in oil can be balanced by other components that make the toxic and less significant potential that the oil can be useful in therapy.
Thus, aromatherapy is not unlike homeopathy is also ailments that are poisonous substances (for example belladonna and arsenic). The proportions are small, however, and when administered in correct proportions, even poison can have a beneficial effect and energize. An experienced aromatherapist will understand enough about the composition of essential oils to know how to combine them so that these additional additives balance each other, with an alkaline component in a, say, be balanced by an acid constituent in another. This is the chemical in practice. There is no way in which knowledge of this type may be acquired in a short course of aromatherapy.
Certain components of essential oils are very toxic, especially to vulnerable people such as the elderly, the very young, and pregnant women. Overall, this toxicity of essential oils is applied to oil when taken internally, which is something I am passionately against. Some of these toxins in some oils can be dangerous when externally (or inhaled) applies. In many cases, however, due to a balance of components in the oil, or due to a balance of more than one essential oil in a remedy (or even just because of the calming influence of carrier oil), the oil can still be used safely. Usually, only when potentially dangerous oils are used in too large amounts to the dangers become a reality and, therefore, must respect the proportions of the recommended essential oils. Remember that a small drop of an essential oil represents between 25 and 35 grams (1 and 1 1/4 oz) of the plant itself. The ratio is the key to everything. The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has addressed the potential problem of toxicity of essential oils. It has published a list of oils whose use is restricted in industries that use fragrances in their products, such as cosmetics and household products. IFRA gives these oils proportion strict controls and those used in aromatherapy including angelica root, Baume du Perou, bergamot, cinnamon, cumin, saffron, and verbena. IFRA has no international legal powers, but most companies worldwide fragrances comply with its guidelines. In addition to the oils restricted by IFRA, I believe that the following are worthy of close and careful attention: anise, gelatin, basil, cloves, coriander, hyssop, and sage. These concerns relate primarily constituents such as anethole, estragole (methyl-chavicol) and thujone, but I’m also careful with those containing eugenol (which can corrode the metal). Toxic reactions can be felt immediately, ranging from dizziness and nausea to exhaustion, epilepsy, and even death. Some toxins cause an allergy: the tansy flower, used in perfumery (and now in industry-restricted by the Ministry of Health), it has caused terrible eczema on the hands of collectors.
I don’t advise anyone who is pregnant to use essential oils. Not only skin become more sensitive during pregnancy, but some women find scents that once had no problem with now make them feel nauseous or irritable. More alarming, certain essential oils, particularly those containing apiol and myristicin have abortive powers and cause miscarriage or have other unwanted effects in the uterus. Parsley, for example, in very large doses was once used as an abortifacient. In France apiol contraception used before the advent of the pill and South America that it is still used today. Instead of using essential oils, try tea very weak herbs in small amounts, and bring aromatherapy into your life in other ways – for example, bringing flowers in your home, using the relevant herbs in the kitchen, or the use of weak infusions of the plants themselves. If you think you may be pregnant, stop using essential oils immediately, and, of course, always consult your doctor.
Note that some of the suggested oils are photosensitizers. Angelica, cold-pressed citrus oils should not be used on the skin within 12 hours of exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light. If you choose to use essential oils on your face, please use only at night.
See our methods suggested of using essential oils in skincare.
The Respiratory System
The essential oils used in aromatherapy, work in two ways:
1) Being antibacterial and antiviral can directly attack and kill germs in the root.
2) stimulate our immune system to be better prepared in the fight against the disease before they have a chance established in our body. When it comes to respiratory conditions, some essential oils work better than others.
The use of essential oils is a sure way to avoid the phenomenon of resistance developed in microbes as experience with antibiotics because the aromatic scents are capable of destroying even resistant strains selectively.
Respiratory infections including throat problems, lung and nose positively respond to essential oils.
The Cardiovascular System
The circulatory system carries blood through the body. It includes the heart and blood vessels and the lymphatic system, which supplies nutrients and cellular fluid moves through the system, cleansing the body of waste. Lymph nodes located throughout the body, but especially in the throat, groin, breasts, and underarms-act as centers to filter blood. One of the best essential oils for a lymphatic massage is a bay (Laurus nobilis); lemon and grapefruit are also good. (A good carrier oil for these essential oils is calendula.) Use basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and cloves to improve overall circulation. heart problems related to stress respond well to a soothing massage melissa, neroli, lavender, and ylang-ylang. Along with marjoram and ginger, these oils also help normalize high blood pressure. (Studies show that simply neroli smell can lower high blood pressure.) Chamomile, myrtle, and cypress relieve inflammation and pain of varicose veins, phlebitis, and hemorrhoids; incense constricts dilated veins. All these oils are especially effective in an oil infusion of St. John’s wort. If the skin is ulcerated and broken, apply the essential oil of carrot seed. Soak a cloth in water to which were added a few drops of oil, wring out, then place it on the edge.
6 drops German chamomile
3 drops myrtle
3 drops cypress
1 ounce St. John’s wort oil
2 drops frankincense (optional)
Combine the ingredients. Apply externally. This can also be done in an ointment heating the oil and adding 1/2 teaspoon beeswax shaving before adding essential oils.
Among the herbs that strengthen the heart and blood pressure are hawthorn blossom and berries, and motherwort. Cleaning the lymphatic system include echinacea, cleavers, and root of Oregon grape, which can also be taken as a tea, tincture or pills.
Essential oils improve circulation, make the elastic blood vessels and inhibit blood clotting. These include garlic, onion, pepper, and ginger. Ginger raises blood pressure either by restricting blood flow outside or lower it by dilating the superficial blood vessels. Garlic and onion also lower high blood pressure. Lemongrass contains five different compounds that inhibit blood coagulation.
The urinary system, which consists of the kidneys and bladder, regulates the content of water and salt balance in the body and eliminates waste. The kidney determines what will be removed and what is to be recycled. It is also involved in regulating blood pressure. Antiseptics for the treatment of bladder infections include diuretics cedarwood, tea tree, bergamot, and fennel. Unlike some urinary herbs used to treat infections such as uva ursi, these essential oils work well in both acid and alkaline environments. This means that can be used in conjunction with blueberries, which acidifies the urine. Use these oils preventively in a regular bath or a sitz bath.
Use essential oils as part of a comprehensive nutritional program including herbs and diet. The use of soothing tea is a nice complement to any treatment. Examples are bananas, marshmallow root, and corn silk (yes, things hairy under the shell, eat fresh-it tastes just like corn or make it in tea). “Kidney stones” are mineral deposits often more crystallized calcium compounds, and uric acid (or amino acid cysteine). Diet appears to be the main cause, but excess weight, a hereditary tendency, and previous kidney infections are all potential contributing factors. Studies in Paraguay, where rosemary is important folk medicine, this herb inhibits found that 95 percent of urease (found in alkaline and infected urine), and probably the formation of some urinary calculi. Lemon and grapefruit help reduce the size of kidney stones and help prevent infection.
To treat a bladder infection, use the bearberry, yarrow, and dark yellow flowers. A good urinary tract tonic is a tincture or tea of dandelion, nettle leaves, fresh rose hips and oats. hydrangea root, stone root, wild yam, cramp bark, corn silk, and banana leaf helps remove kidney stones, but this condition may require professional help.
Bladder Infection Relief
2 drops clove
2 drops juniper
6 drops tea tree
2 drops oregano
2 drops thyme linalool
1 -2 oz carrier oil
Mix the oils. Use as a massage oil on the bladder area twice daily. However, seek professional help if there is a possibility that you have a kidney infection.
The Digestive System
A healthy digestive system is important for long life. And sometimes our digestive system needs a little help. Essential oils can be used to support healthy digestion. Did you know that 80% of your immune system originates in the gut? Therefore, for us to be vital and healthy, we must have a digestive tract full of good bacteria. Fermented foods are one of the easiest and cheapest to support healthy digestion ways. I recommend the consumption of fermented foods daily. The essential oil can also be used to support healthy digestion are as followed by Peppermint, Ginger, Lemon, and Fennel. These natural remedies can all help soothe and balance the digestive tract and promote healthy digestion. They can be useful for occasional bloating and gas and can help alleviate that feeling of fullness.
The Nervous System
Our nervous system is a complex system in our amazing body including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, glands and parts of the receptor organs. The nervous system receives and interprets stimuli and sends messages to other parts of the body and is responsible for memory, muscle coordination, intelligence and sensations such as sight, hearing, and touch. The central, autonomic nervous system and peripheral nervous system are all specialized systems but are designed to work in harmony when we are in good health.
The AromaTouch technique, developed by Dr. David Hill, helps balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the body’s nervous system and supports the healthy autonomic function. The technique involves applying a sequence specifically matched along meridians of the target areas and body oils.
I would suggest the following essential oils for the nervous system, Lavender, Bergamot, Frankincense, Jasmine and Sweet Orange. There are many more essential oils that can also help. Below is a quick essential oil recipe for Stress, Headaches and Sleepless nights.
4 to 6 oz water
4 drops Lavender essential oil
4 drops Bergamot essential oil
4 drops Frankincense essential oil
4 drops Jasmine globulus
4 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
The Reproductive System
Among the most common problems for women are those involving the reproductive system. As women with personal experience in this area, we will focus first on various women’s issues. This topic has been the subject of many good books; Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar is recommended herbal for years by Susun Weed procreate and Hygeia: a woman Herbal Jeannine Parvati Baker (see bibliography).
The more researchers learn about hormonal substances called prostaglandins, the more obvious it becomes that may cause premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstrual cramps. Certain prostaglandins PG2 calls may be responsible for headaches, bowel changes, nausea, breast tenderness, joint pain, and water retention, and contribute to moodiness, irritability, and craving for alcohol-all common symptoms of the syndrome premenstrual. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, thyme, and garlic PG2 lower and can be consumed in food. Relieve menstrual cramps with essential oils of chamomile, lavender, marjoram and lemon balm.
For depression associated with premenstrual syndrome, nothing is better than clary sage, but you can also try neroli, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. If you experience water retention, the use of grapefruit, carrot seed, and juniper. Any of these essential oils (except garlic) can be used as a massage or bath oil. If a headache is one of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, try inhaling lavender, marjoram or lemon balm. (For best results with any remedy premenstrual syndrome or menstruation, start using it a couple of days before it is expected that the symptoms). For problems related to hormonal imbalance, liver treatment with carrot seeds, rosemary, paper flower, and rose. To promote menstruation, use salvia. Most of the conditions of women benefit from the use of the balance, rose geranium and lavender.
Menstrual Cramp Oil
4 drops lavender
1 drops ginger
1-ounce carrier oil (infused oil of yarrow)
2 drops chamomile or clary sage*
2 drops marjoram
3 drops geranium
Many women have experienced at least one episode of yeast infection, which is usually easy to control. Chamomile, lavender, bergamot and tea tree inhibited about 70 percent of the growth of Candida in laboratory experiments. Although opinions vary among oncologists as to whether common fungal infections can be transmitted between sexual partners, it is safer for the treatment of individuals. Douching has been criticized in recent years because some gynecologists fear that it may alter the normal balance of the vagina of a healthy woman or spread of infection in the uterus. If done carefully, however, douching is a good way to treat vaginal infection. Be sure to suspend the bag that does not exceed the shoulder level so that the water flow is not too strong. A mixture of suitable essential oil can also be applied to the abdomen or used in a bath. Another recommendation is to soak a tampon, or better, a little soft and natural seawater, sponge-in containing essential oils. Use two sponges and alternative, sterilization of the sponges between the gently boiling or soaking in vinegar with a few drops of lavender oil use. (Rinse well before using.)
Tea tree or lavender are very effective for vaginal candidiasis. We recommend Caulophyllum or yarrow oil as a carrier oil.
1 drop thyme (chemotype linalool only)
1 drops chamomile
1 drops lavender
2 cups of warm yarrow tea
2 drops bergamot
1 drops geranium
2 drops tea tree
The Immune System
Most people want to improve their immune system. Especially when they have a cold or just getting over a cold or flu. I would recommend boosting your immune system before a flight or a long drive. I would suggest the following Oregano, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemon, Frankincense, or a blend called Thieves. These essential oils have antimicrobial or anti – vita properties. Which help fights colds, flu, coughs, and bronchitis. A quick easy recipe for the immune system is below.
Immune System Booster
4 to 6 oz water
4 drops cinnamon leaf oil
4 drops rosemary essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops eucalyptus globulus