Precautions for using essential oils
Essential oils contain powerful active ingredients. To take full advantage of all the benefits of essential oils, you must handle them with care and moderation. We advise you to read these advices before any use:
- Always keep essential oils out of the reach of children. For their safety, do not remove the codigoutte capsule from the bottles of essential oils.
- As a general precaution, prefer not to use essential oils during pregnancy, breastfeeding and in children under 3 years of age without the advice of an aromatherapist general practitioner.
- In the event of accidental ingestion of a large quantity of essential oil (0.5 ml or more), quickly ingest a mild vegetable oil (olive, sunflower) and contact the poison control center. In Belgium, call 070/245 245.
Conservation of essential oils:
- Essential oils are stored in colored and well-sealed glass bottles.
- Close the bottles tightly after use.
- Under the right conditions, a pure essential oil or a synergy of pure essential oils can be kept for 5 years. This information is made available to you for information. They represent the synthesis of our readings from various reference works concerning aromatherapy. They cannot in any case constitute medical information, nor even engage our responsibility.
- In the event of accidental eye projection, wipe the eye with a cotton pad soaked in pure vegetable oil. Do not clean with water!
- To be applied to the skin, essential oils should preferably be diluted in suitable excipients (creams, vegetable oils, gels, lotions, bath salts).
- It is recommended to carry out an allergy test before any use in the pure state or diluted on the skin of an essential oil. Apply a drop of essential oil in the crease of the elbow. If there is no reaction after 24 hours, you can use this essential oil.
- Citrus-based essential oils are photosensitizing (lemon HE, sweet orange, tangerine, bergamot, etc.). After applying these oils, do not expose yourself to the sun or UV rays for 6 hours.
- Essential oils are not water-soluble. Pure, they float on the surface of the water and can therefore be irritating to the skin. To use them in a bath, always dilute them beforehand with a dispersant (neutral soap, vegetable oil, honey, milk, salt ....).
- Never inject essential oils intravenously or intramuscularly.
- Do not apply essential oil on the eyes, around the eyes, in the nose, in the ear or on the anogenital mucosa. In case of accidental contact, rinse with water and then apply a compress impregnated with soft vegetable oil, preferably calendula.
- In case of respiratory allergies or asthma, avoid inhaling the diffusion of essential oils.
- Consult a doctor for any therapeutic indication or any oral treatment