Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids extracted from plants which can be harmful if not used carefully. By following some rules for treating essential oils as medicines you will be able to enjoy the benefits that aromatherapy offers. The guidelines are not fully helpful, you must take the assistance of your physician or a qualified and trained aromatherapy practitioner.
Some safety rules of using essential oils are as follows:
Essential oils cannot be applied directly on skin unless diluted with a suitable carrier oil.
If you are using or trying the oil for the first time, do a skin patch test on a small area of skin to know if it suitable to your skin and do not cause any sensitization or allergic reactions.
It is better to avoid essential oils or to use only under the guidance of aromatherapist if you are pregnant and also people who suffer from asthma, cold and other health conditions.
Essential oils must not be taken internally unless receiving a detailed consultation and prescription from a trained and qualified aroma practitioner.
People should take care to avoid exposure to sun which may cause sun sensitivity when using essential oils.
Essential oils must be kept out of reach of children and never use essential oils for children without the presence of an adult knowledgeable about their use.
Essential oils are inflammable hence they must be kept away from fire hazards.
In aromatherapy all essential oils are not used. Bitter almond, wormwood, camphor, onion are some essential oils which must be used by qualified aromatherapy practitioners.