Potentially Convulsant Essential Oils

From time to time members of the Using Essential Oils Safely group ask what essential oils should be avoided around their children who have a seizure disorder. Here is a list of essential oils which should be avoided due to … Continue reading

Using Essential Oils Safely During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

A frequently asked question we get in our safety group is about using essential oils during pregnancy and breastfeeding. This post will give you the information you need to know so that you can safely use essential oils during these special times. … Continue reading

Essential Oils to Avoid Using Internally and Externally

Most essential oils can be used, even if there are strong safety concerns, as long are they are diluted properly (see: Essential Oils and Cancer – potentially carcinogenic, and anti-carcinogenic essential oils). But there are some essential oils that are … Continue reading

Essential Oils and Cancer – potentially carcinogenic, and anti-carcinogenic essential oils

Preface: before you say “fear monger” please read the post in its entirety. There have been no reports of cancer being linked to essential oil usage – yet. There are also safe ways to use potentially carcinogenic essential oils, and … Continue reading

Essential oils which inhibit blood clotting

Some essential oils may inhibit blood clotting. This means, the blood can become thin and you can be at risk for bleeding out during surgery. Not everyone will need to be overly concerned about knowing this information, but for some, the … Continue reading

Phototoxic Essential Oils – which ones to avoid when out in the sun

If you use essential oils topically, you’ll want to pay close attention to this post. Using certain essential oils topically with sun exposure (or in tanning beds) can damage the skin. This kind of phototoxic damage to the skin can … Continue reading

Inhaling essential oils – why you should, when, and how

Inhalation is one of the three ways to use essential oils. (The other two are topical and ingesting, which will be discussed in other posts.) If you don’t have time to read this short thorough post, then you want to just … Continue reading

Shelf Life of Essential Oils – and how to make them last longer

People are often surprised to find that essential oils have a shelf life. They may have been told essential oils never expire to justify a high price tag. The truth is, essential oils do have a shelf life – regardless … Continue reading

Choosing Carriers to Enhance Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils

If you’ve been learning about the advantages of properly diluting essential oils, and now you want to know what to dilute them in, this post is for you! Choosing a carrier to use with essential oils is more than a matter … Continue reading

Diluting Essential Oils Safely – safe dilution guidelines for all ages

Concentrated substances are rarely intended for use “as is” – and essential oils are no different. There is almost never a time when you would not want to dilute the potency of an essential oil before applying to the skin. … Continue reading