Essential oils are diluted in a natural base oil. It is important to avoid highly refined oils because they have been extracted by high pressure, intense heat and petroleum solvents. Also you shouldn’t make use of oils that have been bleached, deodorized or artificially colored. While these refined oils do not harm the skin, they are completely void of any vitamins and nutrients. Unrefined base oils are health treatments in themselves, containing naturally occurring nutrients such as vitamins D and E, essential fatty acids and trace minerals such as calcium and magnesium, all of which are highly beneficial to the skin.

Mineral oil, popularly known as ‘baby oil’ should never be used as a base for essential oils, to say nothing of using it on babies! Mineral oil is derived from petroleum, not only does it lack the health giving properties of unrefined vegetable oils but makes fat-soluble nutrients leach from the body. It also tends to clog the pores of the skin, contributing to the development of blackheads and pimples. Also, if used as a base for essential oils, it hinders their absorption through the skin. Above all, the use of synthetic oil of any nature runs counter to the philosophy of aromatherapy.

Essential oils and essential oil products must always be used as directed by your professional aromatherapist. Never use any essential oils in the first trimester of pregnancy without advice form a professional aromatherapist. If you suffer from epilepsy avoid essential oils of Basil, Camphor, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Hyssop, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.

If you suffer from kidney problems, low and high blood pressure,  avoid essential oil of Juniper Berry, Lavender, May Chang, Sweet Marjoram, Rosemary, and Thyme. If you have had ovarian, uterine or breast cancer AND are receiving HRT avoid using Fennel, Geranium, Rose.

Never ingest any essential oils. and don’t use them on children under six without the advice of a professional aromatherapist. Also avoid wheat or nut carrier oils with children under six.

As a common sense precaution, if you have sensitive skin, complete a patch test before using any essential oils. Rub some of the product on the inside of the wrist or the inner elbow. Leave the product on the skin overnight, if you have a reaction then avoid using that oil.

It is wise to avoid using the same essential oils everyday, give them a break occasionally. The body can build up an immunity to essential oils rendering them ineffective. It is a good idea to have a few different blends to interchange.

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