SAFETY INFORMATION
FOR USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS
AND DILUTIONS


This is a guide only and for detailed information please contact either myself or a qualified aromatherapist.
Please ensure that you obtain diagnosis from your GP and check with them if you are on medications or are in any doubt about the use of oils with your medical condition

Whilst there are warnings about the use of essential oils there is actually little research to back these up. However, care should be taken when using essential oils as they are highly concentrated. When using an oil for the first time it is wise to over dilute it to check that you do not have a reaction.

Primarily the advice is given relating to use on the skin but consider the information too if using as a room fragrance or for magical purposes. Many oils are also used in commercial products such as toothpaste, sweets and so on. You may find that you react to something on your skin but not when eating it and vice versa. It is not recommended to consume essential oils without specific knowledge of the topic so please read these advice notes as relating to use on the skin or in magic. If you are using the oils for magical workings remember that you may well get the oil on your hands to take the warning advice into account.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Basil

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY May be a skin
irritant.

Bay

No negative responses noted.

Bergamot

Do not apply to the skin before going outdoors as
it may cause photosensitivity.

Black Pepper

May  be a skin irritant.

Cajeput

A stimulant and irritant use with care.

White Camphor

Use very sparingly.
AVOID COMPLETELY if you suffer from epilepsy or
are pregnant.

Carnation

Can irritate sensitive skin use sparingly.

Cassia

Very irritating to the skin and can cause an
allergic reaction.

Cedarwood (Atlas)

DO NOT CONFUSE WITH VIRGINIA CEDARWOOD WHICH IS A FORM OF JUNIPER AND SHOULD BE USED VERY SPARINGLY DURING PREGNANCY.

Chamomile Roman

No negative responses noted.

Chamomile Moroc (Sauvage)

No negative responses noted.

Cinnamon

May cause skin irritation.  Mild dermal toxicity.

Citronella

No negative responses noted.

Clary Sage

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY Do not drink alcohol or drive

Clove

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY
Very irritating to the skin use carefully.
Use 1/2 dilution or less.

Coriander

Slightly toxic so always use sparingly.

Cumin

May be a slight irritant also may be slightly
photo-sensitising.

Cypress

Unlike most essential oils this oil is FLAMMABLE.

Elemi

No negative responses noted.

Eucalyptus

No negative responses noted.

Fennel

Slight dermal toxicity use 1/2 dilution or less

Frankincense

No negative responses noted.

Geranium

No negative responses noted.

Ginger

No negative responses noted.

Grapefruit

Do not use on the skin in direct sunlight.

Hyssop

Very strong oil.  Do not use when pregnant
or if you have epilepsy or high blood pressure.

Jasmine

No negative responses noted.

Juniperberry

FLAMMABLE

Lavender

No negative responses noted.

Lemon

Do not use on the skin in direct sunlight.
Dilute to 1% and use no more than 3 drops in a
bath as may be a skin irritant.

Lemongrass

Dilute to 1% and use no more than 3 drops in a
bath as may be a skin irritant.

Lime

Do not use direct on the skin in sunlight as may
be  phototoxic. (Does not apply to distilled oil)
Dilute to 1% and use more than 3 drops in a bath a may be a skin irritant.

Mandarin

Do not use on the skin in direct sunlight.

Marjoram

Do not use if pregnant. Use sparingly SEDATIVE.

Melissa

Do not use on the skin in direct sunlight.
Dilute to 1% and use no more than 3 drops in a
bath as may be a skin irritant.

Myrrh

If pregnant use only sparingly.

Myrtle

No negative responses noted.

Neroli

No negative responses noted.

Niaouli

No negative responses noted.

Nutmeg

TOXIC in large amounts and can be stupefying.

Orange (Sweet)

Do not use on the skin in direct sunlight.
Dilute to 2% and use no more than 4 to 5 drops in
a bath as may be skin irritant.

Palmarosa

No negative responses noted.

Patchouli

No negative responses noted.

Peppermint

Do not use if pregnant.
Dilute to 1% and use no more than 3 drops in the
bath as may be a skin irritant.

Petitgrain

No negative responses noted.

Pine

Dilute and use with care as may be a skin
irritant.

Ravensara

No negative responses noted.

Rose Absolute

Avoid using during the first 4 months of pregnancy.

Rose Otto

Avoid using during the first 4 months of pregnancy.

Rosemary

Do not use if pregnant or if you have epilepsy or
high  blood pressure.
May be a skin irritant.

Rosewood

No negative responses noted.

Sage

Do not use if pregnant or have epilepsy.

Sandalwood

No negative responses noted.

Spikenard

No negative responses noted.

Tea Tree

Whilst you can use Tea Tree undiluted on the skin
always check as it may cause skin irritation.  Use diluted first to check your tolerance.

Thyme (sweet)

Do not use if pregnant or have high blood pressure.  Dilute to 2% may be an irritant to sensitive skin.

Vetivert

No negative responses noted.

Violet

No negative responses noted.

Ylang Ylang

No negative responses noted.