18 December 2019

Are Pure Essential Oils Safe?

Have a congested nose, want to treat your insomnia, or simply want your stress to melt away? There’s a pure essential oil for that. In a world where we face potentially toxic chemicals daily – from the food we eat to the clothes we wear and even the air we breathe – it’s little wonder why we’re looking to Mother Nature to find organic ways to improve our lives just that little bit more.

They have been known to elevate our physical, mental and emotional health since ancient times, but just how safe are pure essential oils? These highly concentrated plant extracts are helpful but only if you know how to use them correctly. After all, their potency is a testament to the fact that they should always be handled – and stored – with care.

How to use your essential oils safely

Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe around pure essential oils is simple with some foresight and knowledge. Here, we’ll share with you how and where to store your essential oils, as well as the safety guidelines for topical use and aromatherapy.

Where should you safely store your essential oils?

Pure essential oils are highly concentrated, and should be treated just like other medication, vitamins or supplements. Keep out of reach and out of sight from children by storing your oils high up in a cupboard, preferably locked away. 

As a rule of thumb, throw out your pure essential oils after 3 years. Essential oils have a shelf life of around 3 years and may spoil after this time.

Safety guidelines for topical use

Pure essential oils are incredibly potent, so you’ll need to dilute them with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or avocado oil before applying onto your skin. How much solution you use will depend on your application and the oil itself – always check the recommended dilution guidelines. It also goes without saying that you should never use pure essential oils on inflamed or damaged skin.

It’s also worth noting that oils might be favourable on your arms or legs, but they should never come into contact with sensitive areas of your body, such as your mouth, nose, eyes or private parts. We recommend a test patch on your skin and waiting a few minutes to see if there is a reaction. If you notice a rash or itchy skin, gently wash off your product with cool, clean water.

Finally, your age can play a factor in your sensitivity to pure essential oils. Young children and the elderly may need their oil more diluted before use. There are some oils that are not safe in any dosage for babies, such as birch and wintergreen. For this same reason, take precautions when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Safety guidelines for aromatherapy

Pure essential oils may be natural, but when it comes to inhaling the scent, less is more. Don’t exceed 30 to 60-minute intervals when diffusing. Also, only diffuse in well-ventilated areas, especially in the presence of pets. 

As long as you adhere to all safety instructions, you can enjoy your pure essential oils. When used correctly, they can help you live a better, more positive life.

Buy your pure essential oils from a trusted producer like Oil Garden

Whether you’re in the market for pure essential oils to add to your collection or you’re a first timer looking to Mother Nature to improve your life, buy your products from a trusted producer, such as Oil Garden. Our essential oils are 100% pure, and don’t contain harmful chemicals, hydrocarbons or parabens. 

As with any new lifestyle changes, it’s recommended that you ask your physician or healthcare provider for advice before use.