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Friday, July 2, 2010

Using Essential Oils Wisely

If you've had a chance to look around my blog, I'm sure you've noticed that I often use essential oils in many of my homemade health care, personal care & home care recipes. As much as I depend upon them & absolutely love using them, they are not completely harmless & it's a good thing to know HOW TO & HOW NOT TO use them.

Below is an article that I recently read at work, from leading essential oil company Aura Cacia, & I thought it was a great one to pass long.

Blessings from Ohio, Kim<><


Essential oils are very concentrated. Their safe use requires they be treated w/care & respect. The user should be knowledgeable about their properties before any use. Most personal applications require DROPS rather than ounces.

  • Always read & follow all label warnings & cautions.

  • Keep oils tightly closed & out of the reach of children.

  • Never ingest essential oils.

  • Don't use undiluted oils on your skin. (Dilute w/vegetable oils such as sweet almond oil or grageseed oil [or liquid Castile soap ~KW<><])

  • Skin test oils before using. Dilute an amount & apply to the skin on your inner arm. Do not use if redness or irritation occurs.

  • Keep oils away from eyes & mucous membranes. [NOTE: some essential oils CAN be inhaled, such as Lavender ~ for stress & sleeplessness ~ it's important to know which ones can & cannot. ~KW<><]

  • If redness, burning, itching or irritation occurs, stop using oils immediately.

  • Angelica & ALL citrus oils make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. Do not go out into the sun w/these oils on your skin.

  • Sweet fennel, hyssop, sage & rosemary should not be used by anyone w/epilepsy.

  • People w/high blood pressure should avoid hyssop, rosemary, sage & thyme.


~Bitter almond, basil, clary sage, clove bud, hyssop, sweet fennel, juniper berry, marjoram, myrrh, peppermint, rose rosemary, sage, thyme & wintergreen.


~Allspice, bitter almond, basil, cinnamon leaf, cinnamon bark, clove bud, sweet fennel, fir needle, lemon, lemongrass, melissa, peppermint, tea tree & wintergreen.

SOURCE: www.auracacia.com

PLEASE NOTE: As a born-again Christian I DO NOT agree w/the New Age elements that many in the health food industry follow. I am an adult Christian trying to be a light in the world where the Lord has put me. ~KW<><


  1. Great tips, Kim :) .
    Lavender essential oil is the only one that I know of that can be used on skin undiluted. It is great for insect bites.

    Natural health care needs more Christain voices :) . Thank you!

  2. Christian ... oh my. I need spell check even for comments these days LOL!

  3. Hello Kim!
    Just wanted to stop by and say have a Happy 4th!
    I missed you!
    Maybe I join in on your Blog Hop one of these Wed.--life is so busy right now, but every once in awhile I can stop in during the day on our office computers.
    Thanks for stopping by--with love from the Cabin!
    Claudia O.


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