Essential Oils to Use with Care
A few cautionary tales....
Always dilute essential oils with carrier oils on/around new born babies.
To test if you're sensitive to an essential oil, combine one (1) drop of essential oils with 1/2 tsp carrier oil (jojoba, olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, etc). Rub on the inside of arm. If no redness or itching occurs , you're most likely not sensitive to that oil.
Fragrance oils and essential oils are NOT the same thing.
Essential oils should be stored in dark glass bottles and kept out of direct sunlight.
Essential oils HIGHLY CONCENTRATED. For example, one drop of peppermint essential oils is equivalent to roughly 26 cups of peppermint tea.
Some essential oils increase photo-sensitivity, leaving you susceptible to sunburn. Those could include: Lemon, lime, grapefruit, sweet orange,and bergamot.
Not all essential oils are considered safe when nursing or pregnant (see: Pregnancy + Essential Oils). The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), recommends that pregnant women avoid the following essential oils: wintergreen, sage, mugwort, tarragon, birch, aniseed, camphor, hyssop, parsley (seed or leaf) tansy, thuja, wormwood.
Essential Oils and pets don't mix. Our four legged friends have different biology and have super sensitive senses. Many EO's can be toxic to animals so we advise keeping them to yourself.
Carrier oils: The general rule is to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil in a 3 to 5% solution – or, 3 to 5 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.