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Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

Grapefruit Essential OilJuly’s foot balm project inspired us to share our essential oil safety guidelines.

– Keep away from fire or naked flame.

– Store in a cool place.- Keep out of sunlight.

– Plastic bottles are a no as they allow the essential oil to evaporate and take on the plastic smell; additionally, plastic bottles generally collapse as they start to absorb the essential oil.

– Expensive essential oils should be kept in the fridge.

– Wash your hands after using essential oils.

– If you mix your essential oil with a fixed oil to make it skin safe, keep in mind that your fixed oil has a shorter shelf life than your essential oil and may go rancid. Always mix in small batches.

– Essential oils can stain and also remove nail polish and furniture finish.

– Have an eye rinse station nearby. If you get essential oils in your eyes, use milk or a carrier oil first to help neutralize the oil and then move on to water.

– Essential oils are generally not soluble in water.
– Essential oils do not mix well with computers, pets, children, furniture, carpet and even indoor plants.

– Make sure your bottles are labeled correctly.

– Use caution when working around essential oils if you have any open cuts or wounds.

– Essential oils can negate the effect of sensitive homeopathy remedies.

– Some essential oils are photo sensitizers, like bergamot, orange, and most citrus essential oils.

– Only buy your essential oils from a reputable place. If you can find rose essential oil for $5, it’s not real.

– If you are pregnant, be extra careful with essential oils during your first trimester.

– When working with undiluted essential oils, keep a good air flow in the room.

– Always have a fire extinguisher near by. Essential oils are volatile, flammable liquids.

Please email the  customer service team if you have any other essential oil questions!