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Essential Oil Safety

Updated: Nov 19, 2019

This pamphlet is designed to provide information regarding the safe use of essential oils. A number of hazards do exist, and users of essential oils are more likely to do harm if uninformed of these hazards.

Receiving the benefits of Essential oils safely and effectively.


What Are Essential Oils?


This pamphlet is designed to provide information regarding the safe use of essential oils. A number of hazards do exist, and users of essential oils are more likely to do harm if uninformed of these hazards.


You will want a reputable supplier of essential oils who is knowledgeable about their product.


To avoid degradation, ensure that oils are not stored in clear bottles. Store essential oils in a dark, cool area.

The majority of oils are sold undiluted and can be hazardous. Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Do NOT ingest essential oils. Essential oils are to be diluted and used for external use only. A dilution chart is provided in this pamphlet. Do not use essential oils in or near the eyes.


Patch tests are recommended prior to using any oil. Blend one drop of essential oil with 5 drops of carrier oil, apply to forearm and cover. If no irritation develops, it is probably safe to use the oil at a lower dilution.


Even diluted oils can cause sensitization and repeated applications can increase the risk. If you develop adverse reactions to any oil, discontinue its use immediately.


THE DRAGON’S MANTLE DOES NOT RECOMMEND THE INGESTION OF ANY ESSENTIAL OIL.


An essential oil is a concentrated liquid comprised of the volatile aromatic compounds isolated from plant parts. Usage of essential oils has grown in popularity, with some believing that more is better, which is counterproductive and possibly detrimental in the safe use of essential oils. Essential oils should be utilized with care and respect.


The oral ingestion of essential oils is not backed by clinical data.


The International Federation of Aromatherapists states that “No Aromatherapist shall use essential oils for internal ingestion or internal application, nor shall any Aromatherapist advocate or promote such use of essential oils.” The National Cancer Institute states similar sentiments.

One drop of essential oil is roughly the equivalent of 75 cups of herbal tea. When you ingest essential oils over a period of time, phytochemicals accumulate in the liver and inundate your system. This sends your liver and kidneys into overdrive to process all of the built-up chemicals, not to mention that the stagnant phytochemicals turn toxic as they await processing.

NEVER ingest essential oils. Essential oils should not be used on persons who are seriously ill, elderly, babies, those with liver or kidney disease, or epilepsy. Aromatherapy is best executed through the topical application of essential oils diluted in a carrier base.


Use of Essential Oils


Ø Change the atmosphere of your home

Place 3-5 drops of oil in a diffuser of water.


Ø Room Sprays Blend with a high quality denatured or grain alcohol and spritz as a room freshener.


Ø Personal Aroma When properly diluted, oils stay on the skin longer but does not reach past your personal radius.


Ø Massage Make sure to always dilute your essential oils in a carrier. A dilution chart is provided in this pamphlet.


Recommended Dilutions


All dilution formulas are based on one ounce of carrier oil

For infants and young children:


Ø .5-1% dilution = 3-6 drops of essential oil


For adults:


Ø 2.5% dilution = 15 drops of essential oil


Ø 3% dilution = 20 drops of essential oil


Ø 5% dilution = 30 drops of essential oil


Ø 10% dilution = 60 drops of essential oil Resources: www.naha.org www.downtoearthoils.com

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