Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Precautions

Aromatherapy is a very safe and easy therapy to use, but keep in mind that there are certain precautions:

– Remember to wash your hands after applying aromatherapy massage;

– Do not apply the essential oils in their pure form as they may cause an allergic reaction.  Instead, use blends that contain 2-5% essential oils diluted in good-quality cold-pressed oil;

-After using citrus oils, like for example lemon, verbena, bergamot, orange etc. avoid direct sun exposure, even up t0 8 hours after the treatment

– Do not apply oils after surgery (unless you have consulted with a doctor) or on open wounds or rashes of unknown origin;

– Do not use the oils after chemotherapy (unless suggested by a doctor);

– Keep the oils away from the eyes and mucus membranes;

– Use the oils only topically (unless you have consulted with an aromatherapist who specializes in phytoaromatherapy);

– Avoid rosemary, thyme, Spanish and common sage, fennel and hyssop if you suffer from high blood pressure;

– Do not apply the treatments described in this book on babies or infants. It doesn’t mean that aromatherapy can never be used on babies and infants, but extremely low concentrations should be used.  Always consult with a medical or naturopathy doctor first;

– After an aromatherapy massage always remember to wash your hands;

– Make sure that you research the brand, read safety instructions for each individual oil you buy/use and check the expiration date;

– Store your blends in dark glass bottles, preferably in a cool, dry and dark place and remember to use within a maximum of one month after mixing.