Safe Use of Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated, therapeutic agents with multiple benefits for mind, body and spirit. But bear in mind that they require respect and basic understanding of their applications.
Essential oils are used in increments of drops, and 'less can be more' when working with pure aromatherapy oils. If you are under the supervision of a health care professional, please consult them before using aromatherapy essential oils.
As long as you bear this in mind, essential oils can be used by almost everyone, depending on the oil and the dilution. Remember also that the effect created is an interraction between the oil, the dilution, and the individual. Some people are more sensitive than others, and should exercise greater caution.
In aromatherapy massage, essential oils are used externally in a dilution of carrier oils such as sweet almond oil, jojoba, organic sesame oil or organic sunflower oil. The normal dilution for a general body massage is 1-3% (i.e. approximately 7-20 drops in 30ml carrier oil). Use a lower percentage is recommended for children and the elderly, and higher concentrations for topical application.
Below are some guidelines for use with babies and children.
- 0-6 months: The only oils that should be used - and in very small dilutions - are lavender, and camomile. Add 1 drop of oil to 2 tsp of a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, sesame or jojoba oil for a massage, or use in one of our diffusers.
- 6-12 months: You can start adding mandarin, neroli, and rose.
- 1-6 years: You can introduce orange, coriander, palmarosa, tea tree.
- 7-12 years: Most of the commonly used essential oils are now suitable but at a quarter of the dosage used with adults.
For considerations regarding specific essential oils, you may find the contraindications section in our product descriptions helpful.
Always keep essential oils of out the reach of children, and away from your eyes.