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Essential oils 101 (7)

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds obtained from plant matter,  by steam distillation or cold pressing. The FDA states that an essential oil needs to only contain 10% actual essential oil to be labeled as essential oil. Obviously, the purer the oil, the better the result.

Are essential oils certified organic?

Essential oils are sourced from many different countries, and different countries have different standards for organic certification.

It is not possible to apply a general organic certification standard across the board to all essential oils.

How do I use essential oils?

You can use oils topically by applying them directly to the skin.

Aromatically, by using a diffuser, or simply sniffing the bottle.

Internally, depending on the purity of the oils. Do not, of course, ingest oils that are labeled “Not safe for internal use” or “Do not ingest”.

Do essential oils need to be diluted?

Most essential oils are fine to use neat. I would always, however, advocate for diluting oils when using them on babies or pets. There are some oils that are considered hot –  such as Cinnamon, Oregano, Cassia, Wintergreen – and they should be diluted every time you use them.

A small percentage of the population may also have a sensitivity to Peppermint essential oil. If this is the case for you, by all means dilute!

Could I be allergic to essential oils?

If you are allergic to the plant matter the oil is sourced from, there is a possibility you may be allergic to the oil. Many people, however, have found that they are not allergic to the plant component in essential oils, but the filler that is used to dilute the oil. This is why it’s important to buy oils that are 100% pure, with no fillers.

Could I get addicted to essential oils?

Though you may find your nose to the bottle a number of times a day, essential oils can help with various addictions, rather than create an addiction.

Where do I apply essential oils?

The standard answer would be “wherever they are needed!”, but ultimately, when you put an essential oil on your skin, it is in your bloodstream within 20 seconds, and it’s traveling to wherever it’s needed.

Put your oils as close as you can to where you need them. For instance, when experiencing digestive problems, apply around the navel. If you have a sore neck, apply directly to the neck. If you have a toothache, apply to the tooth that hurts.

You can also use reflexology charts to apply oil to the corresponding reflexology point on the feet, hands or ears.

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Essential oil safety (6)

Do essential oils need to be diluted?

Most essential oils are fine to use neat. I would always, however, advocate for diluting oils when using them on babies or pets. There are some oils that are considered hot –  such as Cinnamon, Oregano, Cassia, Wintergreen – and they should be diluted every time you use them.

A small percentage of the population may also have a sensitivity to Peppermint essential oil. If this is the case for you, by all means dilute!

Are essential oils safe for children?

Essential oils are safe for use on children, however, they do require dilution. Babies and children love a good foot massage when you put the oils on the bottoms of their feet!

Can I overdose on essential oils?

Anything is toxic if you take it in huge amounts, even water!

The amount of an essential oil you would need to be considered toxic, is measured in liters. There are differing amounts for different oils.

Essential oils are usually sold in bottles around the 15ml size. There is no danger of overdosing on this amount. I cannot vouch for the intensity of diarrhea or vomiting you may experience, though!

Is there anywhere I should not apply essential oils to?

Never put essential oils in your eyes or in your ear canals. The nose can also be a sensitive area – it is wise to dilute oils before using them in you nostrils.

Can I use essential oils during pregnancy?

There are some oils which should be avoided during pregnancy:

  • Basil
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen
  • White Fir

Which oils are safe to use when breastfeeding?

You can safely use the following oils when nursing:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Patchouli
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Wild Orange
  • Ylang Ylang

*The use of Peppermint while breastfeeding can decrease milk supply. It can be used sparingly.

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Essential oils and pregnancy (2)

Can I use essential oils during pregnancy?

There are some oils which should be avoided during pregnancy:

  • Basil
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen
  • White Fir

Which oils are safe to use when breastfeeding?

You can safely use the following oils when nursing:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Patchouli
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Wild Orange
  • Ylang Ylang

*The use of Peppermint while breastfeeding can decrease milk supply. It can be used sparingly.

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Single essential oils (1)

Can essential oils increase my metabolism?

Grapefruit oil has been shown to support a healthy metabolism. Try a couple of drops in a glass of water!

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Essential oils and children (1)

Which oils are safe to use when breastfeeding?

You can safely use the following oils when nursing:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Melaleuca
  • Patchouli
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Wild Orange
  • Ylang Ylang

*The use of Peppermint while breastfeeding can decrease milk supply. It can be used sparingly.

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Essential oils and diet (1)

Can essential oils increase my metabolism?

Grapefruit oil has been shown to support a healthy metabolism. Try a couple of drops in a glass of water!

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