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.