As with any product, it is recommended that you read the safety guidelines and make sure that you know how to use the product properly and know if you may have an allergic reaction to it.
You can read these articles that offer valuable information for using essential oils safely and properly:
Can essential oils cause an allergic reaction like rashes?
Some people may say that essential oils does not cause allergic reaction or if you get any that its just your body “detoxing”. But like with any food or product, people can actually get an allergic reaction and each person may react differently. When you’re trying a new product, we know you’re excited to dive right in and use it, but then you may have a negative reaction to it like hives or skin rashes. That is why it is always recommended that for any new product you try you should always do a skin test especially if you have sensitive skin.
Prior to using an essential oil for the first time, skin patch testing is recommended as a method of determining if you have an existing sensitivity/irritation to the natural constituents present in a particular essential oil. Knowing if you have an existing sensitivity or irritation to an oil may be helpful prior to using the essential oil topically over a larger region of the body.
If you ever use a product and break out in a rash, you can apply either Milk of Magnesia or cold plain yogurt to the affected area. Leave on 15 minutes, rinse and repeat every three hours. You may also use over-the-counter medication for skin rashes.
How can I safely use EOs?
1. First, before starting using essential oils, read articles and guides on safe and proper usage of essentials as well as how to properly dilute oils for topical use. Some oils can be applied “neat” which means applying the oil undiluted directly to the skin without a carrier oil. But most times, it is safer to dilute oils especially for people with sensitive skin and for children.
The guide book I give to all members has chapters that talks about EOs dilution, safety usage of EOs, and other helpful information.
2. Second, make sure you do a skin test for every oil you want to use.
Simple guide on doing a skin patch test
1. Before you begin, make sure that your test areas are freshly washed to ensure that your test results are uncompromised.
2. Now you will need a carrier oil like jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, or fractionated coconut oil, or even olive oil.
3. Measure out 1 tsp of carrier oil into a small glass dish and add one drop of the essential oil you are testing. Be sure to only test ONE essential oil per testing period.
4. Mix the EO into the carrier oil and then grab a Q-tip. Dip it in the mixture and apply a dab on your inner wrist. Apply a small waterproof bandage over it. It’s important to keep the area dry so that water doesn’t interfere with your results.
5. Next apply a dab on your inner elbow and cover that with a small waterproof bandage.
6. If you feel the onset of any irritation or if any reaction occurs, immediately remove the bandage and carefully wash the area with mild soap and water.
7. If no irritation occurs after 48 hours, the essential oil, in its diluted form, should be safe for you to begin using diluted on your skin.
Keep in mind:
• Even if a particular essential oil does not irritate your skin, it can still pose problems for someone else.. It’s a great idea to test your whole family so that you know which oils are best for who.
• If you are allergic to a particular plant, you are most likely to be allergic to that plant’s essential oil. For example, this could be lemongrass, ginger, lavender, citrus, cinnamon, etc!
• A reaction to an essential oil is NOT limited to topical side effects. Though rare, some individuals can experience headaches, nausea, and dizziness after applying an oil. If this happens to you, wash the area immediately!
• Even after conducting a skin patch test, there is no guarantee that you will not develop sensitization, irritation or allergy to the oil over time.
Hope this helps! Always use essential oils safely and enjoy!