Because we want clarity, not confusion.
Most quality essential oils are safe when used as directed and for the intended purpose. Our goal is to promote safety and to avoid risk or harm while replacing the synthetic products we use with naturally derived ones. Essential oils are from plants, oils and butters are from fruits, nuts, and seeds.
- Keep all oils out of the reach of children.
- Do not use essential oils on children under 5 years old.
- Natural never means harmless.
- If pregnant, suffering from any serious medical condition, or are children 5 to 12 years old, consult health care professional before use and always dilute to 1% (5 drops to 1 oz/30 ml of carrier oil).
- Do not use directly or undiluted on fur or skin of small animals with any essential oil.
- Keep oils out of eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Keep clear of mucus membranes.
- Beware of radical medical claims with essential oils. Use essential oils to help support emotional and physical well being.
- Essential oils can be photo-toxic. Photosensization, when certain oils are exposed to UV rays, can make the skin more prone to sun damage. Some citrus oils are photo-toxic depending on the percentage of dilution and distillation. Lemon (Citrus limon), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), and Angelica (Angelica archangelica), oils are on the photo-toxic list and should be used with caution.
- Oxidation is when essential oils, effected by oxygen, light and/or heat, deteriorate. Oxidation cause cause the essential oil to irritate or even damage the skin. The deterioration can happen in 1 to 3 years with oils high in monoterpenes, phenols, and oxides. With oils high in other chemical families the deterioration can take longer, therefor determining the safe shelf life of essential oils.
- Safest storage of oils for longer life and to avoid oxidation and breakdown of the chemical bonds is to keep essential oils in a cool and dark environment (under 70 degrees is best) in dark bottles. You can store them in the refrigerator if needed.
- If irritation occurs, immediately discontinue use.
Dilution Guidelines for Using Essential Oils Safely
Depending on the oils, there are approximately 500 to 600 drops per ounce of carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc).
1% dilution in 1 ounce of carrier oil, you would use 5 to 6 drops.
2% dilution in 1 ounce of carrier oil, you would use 10 to 12 drops.
3% dilution in 1 ounce of carrier oil, you would use 15 to 18 drops.
Our essential oil bottles are mostly all 10 ml (1/3 ounce), so they will have approximately 166 to 200 drops in them.