|USING AROMATHERAPY OILS
Essential oils when properly used have a natural, balancing action on the body. The oils do produce a definite Physiological effect and should be used with respect.
| Storing essential oils
Essential oils should be stored in a cool, dark place. Many oils are sensitive to Ultra Violet light and should be stored in dark glass bottles. The oils should be stored OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Some oils are toxic if swallowed neat. Essential oils should never be stored in plastic bottles. The oils should not be stored with the droppers in place as the vapors may corrode the dropper. If stored properly essential oils will keep for about 1 year. Some citrus oils, eg lemon, orange and lime will not keep for as long.
Every persons sensitivity to oils can vary considerably. If you have a high sensitivity it is best to start treatment with a lower dose and work up. Sensitivity can vary according to the herbs used. Some herbs have a mild effect, Chamomile for example, others have a stronger effect on the system and should be treated with respect.
Some herbs, whilst having a beneficial effect in most cases are inappropriate to us in others. Any herb with a stimulating effect on the uterus is inappropriate for use during pregnancy.
The use of herbs over a long period of time (generally more than 12 weeks) is not recommended as the body can build up a resistance to the herb making its therapeutic use counter productive. Prolonged cumulative exposure to certain natural chemicals may also have an irritant effect upon the body.
In each of the detailed descriptions of essential oils we describe the circumstances in which use of the herbs should be avoided or care taken.
We strongly advise that essential oils are not taken internally or applied neat to the skin. Although several oils e.g. lavender and sandalwood are suitable for use directly on the skin, the majority can cause skin irritation if used neat and should therefore always be used diluted.
Use of Essential oils.
Using Oils in burners or vaporizers.
The usual precautions should be taken with candles in burners, i.e. Ensure the burner is standing on a non flammable surface, is not left unattended and is kept away from children and animals.
Use of essential oils in the bathroom.
When bathing children use a smaller quantity of oil (1 or 2 drops) and remember that young children may suck fingers or rub eyes in the bath so do not leave them unattended.
Essential oils may mark plastic baths so it is essential to ensure that the oil is properly dispersed and that the bath is wiped down immediately after use.
Using essential oils in Massage
Those with sensitive skin (and for children) should use a concentration of 1% i.e. 2 drops for every 10ml of carrier oil.
Using essential oils in inhalations
If the oil is spilt: absorb the oil using paper tissues and remove immediately. Essential oils will mark many surfaces.
If the oil is swallowed: Seek urgent medical attention, do not try to induce vomiting.
If here is contact with the eyes: Wash the eyes thoroughly with cold water. Seek medical advice if stinging persists.
If oil is spilt on clothing: remove clothing and wash immediately in the normal way.
If oil is spilt on skin: wash the skin with soap and water.