Essential oils. EOs. Lots of people are talking about them, but what exactly do you do with them once you have them? I’ve found that there is a *lot* of misinformation out there about what you should and should not do with essential oils. I suggest caution when you are taking someone else’s word about using essential oils in a way that you might think is dangerous. Instead, you should do some research yourself. Not all essential oils are safe for children.
I used to think it was no big deal to just throw some essential oils together with water because they all repelled bugs and spray them on my kids. Well guess what? BIG DEAL. Not all bug-repelling essential oils are good to use on your kids!! Quite a few essential oils have a chemical compound that interferes with breathing in young children. Because I was thinking about essential oils too broadly, I wasn’t thinking about safety. Thankfully, due to the intervention of an awesome friend, I got educated pretty quick.
No matter how you use essential oils, they should be treated like a chemical because that is what they are. Chemicals can burn the skin, burn the insides of your body (which is becoming a VERY common form of injury as more and more women buy boatloads of oils or even sell boatloads of oils and have no clue how to use them safely.) Chemicals can get into your lungs through the air and burn your lungs.
They can also cause inflammation and allergic reactions to the skin with an external application. So knowing the safe use of every oil you use is very important. I will probably get lots of pushback on this, but I personally do not suggest ingesting oils at all. You can get safe, medicinal use out of the oils from diluted skin application and diluted for diffusion into the air. Even then, knowing the correct safety information is critical.
My number one suggestion for moms using essential oils is that you keep them properly stored and out of your child’s reach. Essential oils have been responsible for severe burns on children who thought it would be wonderful to cover themselves with mom’s oils without parental oversight. It wasn’t. Keep your oils put away, in a case, and out of reach. Locking cases are great!
One way you can get correct information about essential oil safety is to read a verifiable expert. Robert Tisserand is the most renowned expert on the subject of essential oil use and safety, so I recommend purchasing one of his books.
Another way to be safe with essential oil use is to thoroughly read the information provided by the vendor about the oil. Not all oil companies are clear and upfront about safe use, which is one of the reasons I love Rocky Mountain Oils – every oil page has information about safety, and every oil has GC/MS data located on the website.
A third way to safely use essential oils is to read as much as you can and just be informed. Here are a couple of options to help you get informed right now.