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Friday, April 13, 2012

Side Effects of Aromatherapy

Pure essential oils are meant for external use only. Always consult a medically trained doctor before taking any essential oils internally.

Beware of side effects of certain oils. Many essential oils cause skin to become sensitive to sunlight. Know what you are using and how to use it properly.

Practice caution during pregnancy. Many say that no essential oils should be used during pregnancy, while others say there are some that help in late pregnancy to stimulate uterine contractions and others that may assist during labor and delivery because of their relaxing effects.

Always keep out of the reach of children. Essential oils can be toxic if ingested in large amounts and some are harmful even if ingested in small amounts.

Keep away from the eyes and mucus membranes. Always wash hands before and after using oils.

Label everything for your own safety and the safety of others. This also makes things more convenient and easier to find.

Store oils in small, dark-glass bottles. Do not keep the rubber dropper in the bottle, as it will deteriorate over time. Keep it separate and clean after using. Store the bottles in cool, dark places. Make sure to clean bottles before setting on surfaces because they can mar many surfaces, especially plastic ones. Always make sure to keep lids on tight.

Dispense oils carefully by the drop. This will save you money and allow you to accurately keep track of recipes.

Essential oils are highly concentrated. Almost always dilute oils. Oils are rarely used undiluted or straight from the bottle. Remember that only small amounts of an oil are needed for results.

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