As essential oils are highly concentrated it is there before important to follow the correct dosages that are recommended. In the case of oils, more is not better, in fact the opposite is true as it can have an adverse effect and the difference between one drop and two can actually be quite substantial.

General Cautions

Never take internally

Keep out of reach of children

Avoid using any essential oils near eyes and other sensitive areas

Always read the precautions on the bottle before using

Only use 100% pure essential oils

Keep oils away from any naked flame, therefore be careful if burning candles

Store oils in a sealed cool dark place

Never use neat (unless indicated)

Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy

Pregnancy oils – Avoid the following oils during pregnancy

Basil

Cedar aurantiumwood

Clary sage

Clove bud

Cypress

Jasmine

Juniper

Lemongrass

Marjoram

Peppermint

Rosemary

Thyme

Do not use essential oils on newborn babies.

Contraindications

Sunburn – Some oils can cause photosensitization of the skin which can in turn increase the risk of sunburn. Oils to avoid in this case are Bergamot, Ginger, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Mandarin and Orange.

Sensitive skins – Avoid Basil, Fennel, Lemon-grass, Melissa, Orange, Peppermint and Thyme. (as skin test is always recommended on anyone with sensitive skin.

High Blood Pressure / Kidney disease / Epilepsy – Avoid Thyme, Sage, Cypress, Rosemary Oil and Cypress. Fennerl, rosemary or sage should especially be avoided if suffering from epilepsy.

Although the above is just a guide line you should always take care when using essential oils. If you would like to learn more about oils then take a basic aromatherapy course massage course.

We all know that essential oils are beneficial for a number of ailments, but to actually have a trusted and tested recipe for a certain ailment is a great way to make your own aromatherapy prescription. Below are a few ideas that you may find helpful for some typical summer ailments. It may a good idea to have one or two of these oils always in stock and you may even want to have a couple in your handbag.

Mixing & Blending Oils

Ylang Ylang oils

All essential oils need to be diluted at a rate of 0.5-3 per cent depending on the intensity of the essential oil. The lowest concentration (0.5-1 per per cent) are best used for facial oils and for those with sensitive skin or children under 12 years of age. On average 2 per cent for adults should be sufficient but in certain cases of muscular tension then 3 per cent will be beneficial. As for all the recipes use a good carrier oil to blend – olive oil, avocado oil, evening primrose oil are just a few that can be used.

Insect Repellent

Use one of the following: Eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary or tea tree

Apply 3 percent dilution of your chosen oil to the exposed parts (eg: arms and legs) – use a 1 or 2 per cent dilution for facial area.

Insect Bites & Stings

Use one of the following: Chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon or tea tree (tea tree and lavender can be used neat) unless you have an allergy to the oils. A small patch test may useful before applying to the bite or sting if using neat oil. If swollen apply a cold chamomile and / or lavender compress.

Jellyfish Stings

Use one of the following: Eucalyptus, geranium, lavender

If you need to remove the tentacles off, protect your hand with an article of clothing then was with sea water and apply essential essential oil. Do not rub or rinse the affected area with fresh water as this can discharge unactivated stinging cells.

Wasp Stings

Since a wasp sting venom is alkaline, the most effective treatment is vinegar (preferably cider vinegar), this helps to neutralize the poison. Apply as often as required and to prevent infection add 1 drop of lavender oil.

Sunburn

Chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, rosemary, tea tree

Take two or 3 cool aromatic baths throughout the day by adding up to 8 tablespoonfuls of cider vinegar and 8 drops of your chosen essential oil.

If you have an interest in aromatherapy and would like to learn more about essential oils and treatments then our basic / advanced aromatherapy courses are available for you to study from home.