Essential oils, in essence are quite safe to use and can offer great benefits to users. However, it is important to keep in mind safe use guidelines of these concentrated essential oils.
As a general rule about Essential Oils:
Do not use essential oils internally
Do not apply directly to skin – rather dilute with carrier oil
Some may use milder essential oils like Lavender directly on skin, however many may find skin sensitivity even with Lavender. Dilution with a carrier oil is recommended of these highly concentrated essential oils.
Keep out of reach of children
Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes
Use only pure essential oils
Store the oils properly
Proper storage increases longevity of the essential oils and reduces the risk rancidity and degradation. Essential oils in general have a shelf life of one to three years. Some oils such as sandalwood, and patchouli actually get better with age. Citrus oils should be used within one year as they are prone to degradation. Fatty carrier oils should be refrigerated to prevent rancidity.
We offer essential oils at our apothecary for sale. If you have any questions about essential oils or are interested to find out more about them and which ones to purchase, come visit our apothecary and ask us. We are happy to answer all your questions and help you live a more natural and health life.