It’s no secret that finding sound information on essential oils can be quite tricky these days! Between the 2 million recipes on pinterest, 8 thousand different brands, your friend that’s a representative for a large MLM, and google it can be quite intimidating for someone that is just dipping their toe into the world of essential oils.
My relationship with essential oils started in 2014 when I was trying to find a different way to cope with ADD. Given that there was not a prescription for essential oils and dosage involved I wanted to do some research. Some left my head spinning, but I found some resources that made me feel like I could safely give essential oils a try. That is when I started learning from the creator of the course, Lea Jacobson, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Lea and her facebook group, Using Essential Oils Safely made me feel comfortable with using oils and confident that I wouldn’t accidentally turn myself into a smurf! (Essential oils will not turn your living skin blue.) I also found comfort in the fact that she didn’t push one singular brand. Recently when Lea released a Using Essential Oils Safely free course (click the link and scroll down to check it out) I jumped in knowing it would be safe and sound information. In the course she covered how essential oils are extracted, briefly their chemical make-up, method of use, dilution practices, what to consider when choosing a brand, safety considerations for use in general to more sensitive groups to children and pets (and what oils safely use or avoid)!
I feel that the course went well beyond what I previously came to expect from free courses! From following this Certified Clinical Aromatherapist for years, I am not surprised to see the extent of information that she included so others can feel confident and safe in their use of essential oils! No matter how long you have been using oils, if you’re new to oils, an MLM loyal customer or representative, or consider yourself a seasoned veteran ( but not an aromatherapist), I HIGHLY recommend investing some time into this course about essential oil safety.
A few of my takeaways:
Personal inhalers are the safest way to use essential oils around others that may have essential oil sensitivities (breathing disorders, prone to convulsion, elderly, etc), and are much more effective than diffusers for emotional and mood issues.
Topical use if you are around others is safest (for you and others) by applying (diluted) under clothing 15-30 minutes before being around others.
Herbal plant therapeutic properties are not always the same as the essential oil therapeutic properties.
The effectiveness of an essential oil depends on the oil, dilution percentage, carrier oil, application location, frequency of application, and the skin health and permeability.
Some oils need to be diluted at a higher rate than others for safety considerations. ( She lists them)
Safety is determined by the oil itself, not a brand.
FDA (GCAS) generally considered as safe refers to the label, not the actual product.
Some oils are potentially carcinogenic, or can cause harm to a baby during pregnancy.
(And she lists them!)
Some essential oils can have adverse reactions with particular types of medications.
Cats cannot metabolize Essential OIls due to the lack of a necessary liver enzyme. (But a personal inhaler can be used safely around cats!)
Bottles of essential oil have a longer shelf life when stored in a cool dark place (oils are sensitive to light and oxygen and can cause them to expire more quickly).