Guest Blogger Debbie Fong Kho Dangers of Using Essential Oils

Guest Blogger Debbie Fong Kho Dangers of Using Essential Oils

Essential oils offer a range of health, beauty and natural home cleaning benefits.
But, beware, before you apply undiluted essential oil directly on to your skin or ingest the oils, because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe.
1.  Photosensitive oils are generally the citrusy oils. Increases your chance of sunburn within short among of sun exposure.  Additionally, for your acne skin applying these citrusy oils may cause increase irritation or inflammation with acne.
 * lemon
 * lime
 * grapefruit
 * orange
 * bergamot
2.  Pregnancy or nursing moms.  The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), suggest pregnancy women not to use these essential oils.
 * wintergreen
 * sage
 * mugwort
 * tarragon
 * birch
 * aniseed
 * camphor
 * hyssop
 * parsley
 * pennyroyal
 * tansy
 * thuja
 * wormwood
 * peppermint
3.  Medication Interactions.  Any type of medications always consult with a qualified, professional aromatherapist before the use of any essential oils.
4.  Children or babies.  This I’ve heard numerous occasions, using essential oils on crying, colic, sick babies or young children.  Wintergreen, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint should never be used as they can actually slow breathing, or even stop with those babies who may have respiratory problems.  Treat essential oils like you would any type of medicine…keep them away from children.
5.  Essential oils and pets.  Pennyroyal, tea tree oil are used on pets for fleas, but it’s toxic to animals kidney and liver.  Can cause a slow onset of organ failure.
6.  Ingesting essential oils.  In drinking water, salad dressing, cooking or using oils as a detox are all highly dangerous.  Could burn the esophagus, cause a build up of toxicity or even fatality.
7.  Essential oil and skin.  Using undiluted essential oil on skin can cause blisters, rash or burnt skin.
The rule of thumb is the radio of dilution is 3-5 drops of essential oils to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.  Carrier oils are jojoba, coconut, grape seed, avocado or almond oil.
Be safe, be smart with essential oils.
Debbie Fong Kho
Owner/Esthetician

SkinSense Spa, LLC
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