Shopping Cart

Specials

Products

Resources

Guidelines for Essential Oils

General Guidelines for Working with Essential Oils

Essential Oils are volatile and are highly flammable. When using essential oils, please follow these general safety guidelines:

  • keep away from fire or open flame
  • store in a cool place
  • keep out of sunlight
  • plastic bottles are a no-no as they allow the essential oil to evaporate and take on the plastic smell; additionally, plastic bottles generally collapse as they start to absorbed the essential oil
  • expensive essential oils should be kept in the fridge
  • wash your hands after using essential oils
  • if you mix your essential oil with a fixed oil to make it skin safe, keep in mind that your fixed oil has a shorter shelf life than your essential oil and may go rancid. Always mix in small batches.
  • essential oils can stain and also remove nail polish and furniture finish
  • have an eye rinse station nearby. If you get essential oils in your eyes, use milk or a carrier oil first to help neutralize the oil and then move on to water
  • essential oils are generally not soluble in water
  • essential oils do not mix well with computers, pets, children, furniture, carpet and even indoor plants
  • make sure your bottles are labeled correctly
  • use caution when working around essential oils if you have any open cuts or wounds
  • essential oils can negate the effect of sensitive homeopathy remedies
  • some essential oils are photo sensitizers, like bergamot, orange eo and most citrus essential oils
  • only buy your essential oils from a reputable place. If you can find rose essential oil for $5, it's not real.
  • if you are pregnant, be extra careful with essential oils during your first trimester
  • when working with undiluted essential oils, keep a good air flow in the room
  • always have a fire extinguisher near by. Essential oils are volatile, flammable liquids.