Common scents safety tips are essential when you live an oily lifestyle. Essential oils have endless benefits, but you must practice safety when using them. Just because they are gifts from nature does not mean they are not potent. Enjoying them to the fullest means using your noggin to prevent accidental misuse. Here are some of the top common scents safety tips for essential oils the team at On Call Essentials recommends for oilers of all experience levels.
Never be afraid to try new essential oils. Just make sure you are using them the right way to avoid injuring yourself or anyone else. Putting on a detective’s hat and doing some research is the best way to discover how to use a new essential oil. Remember that not all online resources are created equally. We recommend sticking with safety and usage guidelines from Young Living to ensure accuracy. After all, who knows the products better than the company that created them? On Call Essentials also offers free education classes to get all new oilers started on their journey. More experienced oilers may wish to become members to receive not only exclusive information about oiling but also some of the best discounts on all Young Living products.
Essential oils are all-natural and very potent. When it comes to finding the right amount, more is not always better. We recommend starting off slowly and increasing the amount of essential oil you use until you find the perfect balance for your body. Everyone is different, so never assume that what works best for your oily friend is the right combination for you. Please be especially careful when using essential oils with babies, small children, and pets. The smallest of oilers often are more sensitive to the effects of these amazing products, so less is more. A good rule of thumb if you are in doubt about whether you or another oiler in your household can tolerate an essential oil is to dilute it first with a carrier oil to be safe.
Remember when we said earlier that not all online resources are created equally? The same is true for essential oils. That is why you must use only therapeutic-grade essential oils. If you are a Young Living essential oil user, then you have nothing to worry about. All Young Living essential oil products are therapeutic grade. One of the biggest reasons we advise oiling with therapeutic grade oils is because they are safe for consumption. Therapeutic grade essential oils also are guaranteed for potency and purity. Yes, they cost more than their cheaper counterparts. You will still save money in the long run because you will use less of the good stuff.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and should never be used in or around your eyes. Even when diluted, they can cause extreme discomfort and cause problems with your eyesight. If you accidentally get essential oil in your eyes, do not try to flush it out with water. That may be the recommendation when you get certain chemicals in your eyes, but it will not work well with essential oils. It is best to use a few drops of V6 vegetable oil complex or another fatty oil like coconut or olive oil, to gently dilute and remove the essential oil from your eye area. Always follow up with your healthcare provider if you have accidental exposure to essential oils in your eyes, especially if you experience vision issues afterward.
Some essential oils are considered “hot” because they cause a warming sensation when applied to your skin. Hot oils can include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, oregano, and thyme. To avoid skin irritation or an unpleasant feeling of “burning,” always dilute these hot essential oils with a V6 vegetable oil complex or other carrier oil.
One last tip under the feeling hot category. Some essential oils are best avoided if you plan to spend the day outdoors in the sun. Most citrus oils fall into this category. They contain natural molecules that react to ultraviolet (UV) light, causing a sensitivity reaction. This means you can burn more easily. All Young Living essential oils associated with this risk include a UV warning message that advises you to stay out of direct sunlight for 12 to 48 hours after use.
Living an oily lifestyle is an ongoing learning process. Get insider common scents safety tips and other essential oil guidance when you sign up for On Call Essentials Oily Education. Start with our six-day course to get your feet wet and then go from there. Happy oiling!
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