Handle with Care
Essential Oil Safety
Some essential oils are believed to pose no particular dangers, but all essential oils should be handled carefully.
Always take the following precautions, even with oils considered to be generally safe:
- If you accidentally get some essential oil into your eyes, do not flush your eyes with water. Instead, Flush them with vegetable oil or cold milk to dilute the essential oil (if you wear contact lenses, be sure to remove them first). Seek medical attention right away if stinging lasts for more than a few minutes.
- If you accidentally swallow some essential oil, do not induce vomiting. Rinse your mouth with cold milk or water to dilute the essential oil, and seek immediate medical attention.
- If your skin becomes irritated by an essential oil, remove any contaminated clothing, and wash the irritated area with plenty of soap and water. Seek medical attention if skin irritation continues.
- Avoid overexposure- Do not inhale essential oils casually. After inhaling an essential oil, move immediately to a source of fresh air if you experience trouble breathing, dizziness, or nausea.
Essential oils are a great tool but only when used correctly. I personally use them for many things and it’s important to know these things if anything were to go wrong.
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Sources: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled July 14, 2018
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