Allergic Reactions and Sensitives

We promote safe and wise use of essential oils. They are complex molecules with active constituents that are bioactive. Though an allergic reaction is rare, it is essential to proceed with wise caution. The plant proteins responsible for allergic reactions are removed during the distillation and extraction process. Though this does lower the risk of an allergic reaction, when the oil is applied to the skin, our own proteins may cause an allergic reaction or skin irritation.  The oldest and perhaps safest route for application is to inhale the essential oils. As an extra precaution, people known to have allergies or respiratory disorders should avoid the use of essential oils and only do so under medical supervision.

 

Continued use of an essential oil can cause sensitivity, such as contact dermatitis, itchy rash, red and swollen tissues, coughing and wheezing. To prevent this from occurring it is recommended to take time off from use of the oils and to rotate their use with another oil with similar medicinal properties.

Skin Test

It is advisable to perform a simple skin patch test prior to applying an essential oil directly to the skin. If you have hay fever, food allergies eczema, asthma, wool or animal intolerance or allergic rhinitis, you may be more sensitive to the use of essential oils. Place a drop of oil in a teaspoon of olive oil. Rub a little of this oil on the inside of the wrist and let sit for at least 24 hours without washing off.  If no irritation or redness appears, the oil is safe to use.

Other Tips and Precautions

Essential oils should never be ingested. Less is more and application to the skin should be diluted and used in small amounts. Most oils should be diluted for application to the skin. Skin test before use. Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children. There are many oils that should not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are taking any medications, such as cardiac, diabetes, respiratory problems, antidepressants, steroids and anticoagulants interactions have occurred. Consult your practitioner, as the use of essential oils with medications and disease process may be contraindicated.

 Store with caps covered, in a dark cool area. Keep out of reach of children. Never use them in eyes or mucus membranes. Be very careful about using in bath, sauna and massage. Before application to the skin, perform a patch test. If you are pregnant, nursing or being treated for a medical condition, consult a qualified and expert practitioner.

 The use of oils is never intended to replace your medical care. Be a responsible consumer, and take the wise course of action as it relates to your health and well-being.

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