Essential Oil Safety

Essential oils:

  • Must be properly diluted prior to topical use.
  • shouldn’t be taken internally due to toxicity and irritation to mucous membranes of the mouth, throat & stomach and is NOT recommended adding essential oils to your drinking water.
  • Don’t use essential oils for eye issues or add to your mascara.
  • If you accidentally get essential oils in your eyes, Health Canada says First wash your hands, then use a carrier oil, like Olive or Grapeseed oil to flush out the eye. If your eyes continue to sting, seek medical attention!

It is not recommended to use pure essential oils internally to treat vaginal yeast infections.

Don’t use essential oils blends or massage oils on your genital area as it may cause irritation to sensitive mucous membranes

Essential oils are not recommended to use in your personal lubricants because they may make condoms ineffective.

Some essential oils can cause drowsiness. Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery after using a sedating essential oil or blend.

Know the Latin name, as well as the chem-type of the essential oil that you are using. Depending on the country of origin & the growing conditions, the therapeutic properties & the safety considerations of some oils can be affected, like Rosemary, Basil, Thyme & Hyssop. It’s always important to do your research.

Do not use essential oils or blends near a heat source or an open flame, as some essential oils are flammable.

Keep out of reach of children & away from pets


Essential oils have different properties, as well as different contraindications. There are some essential oils that you need to avoid & some that need to be used with caution if you take medication or have an underlying medical condition, are pregnant or epileptic. Care must also be taken when blending essential oils for children or the elderly.

This is a short list of some of the contraindications:

  • Epilepsy: Avoid Sweet Basil, Sweet Fennel, Hyssop, Rosemary & Sage essential oils.
  • Hypertension: (High Blood Pressure) Avoid Hyssop, Rosemary, all types of Sage, Thyme.
  • Blood thinners (Warfarin): Avoid Wintergreen, Sweet Birch also Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Bay Laurel & Ginger.
  • Photosensitivity: Some citrus essential oils like Bergamot, cold-pressed Lemon & Lime, Bitter Orange and to a lesser degree Grapefruit, can cause a photosensitive skin reaction. Avoid going out in the sun or using a tanning bed for a minimum of 12 hours after using these essential oils topically. If they aren’t properly diluted, these essential oils may react with UV light and cause redness, swelling, and/or blistering of the skin; your skin may react up to 24 – 72 hours after using these citrus essential oils topically. A good rule of thumb: don’t apply photosensitive essential oils to areas of your body that are exposed to the sun. *According to authors Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, “Citrus scented bath products that get washed off of your skin, (like your body wash, bath soap or shampoo) are generally not a risk.”
  • Drowsiness: Avoid Valerian if you are driving a vehicle.
  • Clary Sage: should be avoided when drinking alcohol as it can increase the effects. Also, avoid during pregnancy & lactation.
  • Aspirin Allergy: avoid Wintergreen & Sweet Birch.
  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: Do your research before using essential oils in pregnancy. This is a good blog to check out.(Also check with your healthcare professional before use).
  • Infants & Young Children: (under 6 years of age): Do your research before using essential oils with young children. Some to avoid are Sage, Thyme, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Rosemary & Eucalyptus essential oils.

This information is for interest only & is not meant to diagnose or replace medical advice.