Side Effects & Risks Associated with Popular Oils
Essential oils are one of the most natural and organic methods to help fight stress, mental fatigue, sore muscles and other conditions, but caution must be taken if applied directly to the skin. There are some therapeutic oils that are extremely potent and once you’ve discovered the ideal blend for medicinal purposes or massage, it’s imperative to know exactly how to apply it. Without proper instructions, it may leave an itchy rash, painful blisters, sores or a nasty burn. By diluting particular oils with a mild cream, lotion or carrier oil, this can prevent agitation to the skin.
We’re all aware that there are many topical treatments out there in the market today that may erupt the skin, but smearing particular oils directly onto your body may seriously cause an overdose! Your skin will absorb the oil very quickly and can break out with a painful result! This warning also applies to any other new skin cream, lotion or oil product that you buy.
Popular Oils that can be applied without dilution
- Tea Tree – unoxidised
Essential oils are powerful therapeutic agents, but it’s important to always make sure that they’re far out of reach from little hands. As you can imagine, direct exposure to a child’s skin can be dangerous and can cause a nasty, fierce rash. It can also be lethal for a child to swallow it. If this scenario occurs, you must contact your nearest emergency medical personnel immediately.
Even when applying a diluted topical treatment to your skin, make sure that you keep it well away from your eyes, ears and nose. Once again, the oil should not be ingested or enter your body internally. Some people who have extremely sensitive skin may choose to use gloves when aiding another person so that the essential oil won’t be absorbed through their fingers.
Popular Oils that must be diluted
- Cinnamon bark or leaf
- Clove bud
- Lemon verbena
In particular, heed must be taken when using citrus oils because they can cause photo toxicity, a chemically induced irritation to the skin if administered before exposure to the sun. My suggestion would be to avoid sun baking outside or using a tanning booth directly after use.
Once you’ve purchased your medicinal oils, make sure you test them first on a small section of your skin. Just dab a small portion of the diluted mixture onto your arm, and if within 24 hours you get a nasty reaction, stop using it immediately. Observe for any irritation for up to twenty four hours to make sure they’re safe for topical use. This method also applies to essential oils that you use in aromatherapy.
Even though essential oils are a natural therapeutic remedy for good health and well being, it’s always important to use the oils safely!