+ Can I put oils anywhere??
No, ma’am! You want to avoid putting oils directly into your eyes or your ears. The sensitive skin inside of your mouth might be more easily irritated by undiluted oils so be mindful of this before your first use.
+ What if I get them in my eye?
ONLY use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil back out of your precious eyes. Never add water, this will only drive the oil in deeper. Your vision might be a little blurry for a while because of the carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc.) but it will go back to normal soon enough!
+ Do essential oils counteract prescriptions?
This is definitely something that you should consult your physician regarding, especially if the medication to which you are referring is vital to your livelihood. There are a couple that truly stand out, such as wintergreen oil being avoided by those taking blood thinners, and being mindful that tetracyclines can make the skin more sensitive to citrus oil + sunlight reaction. Most western medicine physicians will have limited knowledge when it comes to essential oils, so seeking out the opinion of a holistic doctor, registered aromatherapist is always encouraged. It never hurts to do a little research of your own.
+ Can I bathe in oils??
It’s one of our favorite ways to use them! Never add an oil that is hot, or caustic to skin in your bath water. We don’t want your delicate skin having to tolerate that potential discomfort! Always apply your oils to some kind of carrier before adding to your running water. My favorites are: epsom salt, vegetable glycerin, any shower gel/bubble bath that I already use and love, preferably unscented. A good amount to use as you learn your sensitivity levels would be 2-4 drops!
+ Which oils can be irritating?
The National Alliance of Holistic Aromatherapy lists these oils as irritating or caustic to the skin:
These oils can still be used confidently, as long as you are diluting them with a carrier oil of your choice and testing them out on your skin on a small area for your initial use. It is a good idea to avoid applying these oils to young babies. Instead we promote using milder, gentler options and using these powerful oils in a diffuser when desiring their benefits for your baby.
+ What about using carrier oils?
A carrier oil is any form of vegetable oil that helps to “carry” our essential oil onto and into our skin. Our favorite is doTERRA’s fractionated coconut oil, but we also use avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, cold pressed coconut oil, and many more. The benefits of using a carrier oil are:
-increases surface area of application (imagine rubbing 1 drop of essential oil all over a sore back!)
-decreases your risk for sensitivities to the pure oils
-gives you a nice base in which to create your own blends
-allows you to avoid wasting so much of that precious essential oil
+ Essential Oils + Sunlight
Certain oils can react with sunlight when applied to the skin and then exposed to direct UV rays. Make sure to always dilute these oils well, apply them to an area that is not exposed to the sun, or wait 24 hours before spending any amount of time soaking up its warmth! Oils that are considered photo-toxic are: lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, lime, cumin, and any blends containing these.
+ Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
As with any product, it is important that your midwife or physician is aware of and approves your use of essential oils. Since the skin is much more sensitive and permeable during pregnancy, it is important to be mindful of always diluting your oils well before application. Some oils that are good to avoid during pregnancy, even diluted, are clary sage, myrrh, and any blends containing these oils. These oils can promote uterine contractions and are best saved for use during actual labor, when delivery is intended. The safe use of oils during this beautiful time can be a natural and effective way to balance mood and reduce anxiety.
The dōTERRA essential oils are a blessing & miracle to so many people. However, I am not a doctor. I am a lover of all things natural and a lover of empowering people everywhere to take charge of their health in a natural and safe way. doTERRA Essential Wellness products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Consult your family physician if you suffer from chronic ailments.