Essential oils can be safely used to enhance well-being and as part of a healthy lifestyle. They are used by millions of people every day, most of them without incident. However, essential oils are powerful substances and can be harmful if not used with due care and diligence. The essential oil in a bottle is 50-100 times more concentrated than in the plant, and safety issues apply to essential oils that do may not apply to the whole plant or herbal extract.
There is a lot to know about essential oil safety, and this page only encompasses general safety guidelines.
If you are currently experiencing an adverse reaction to essential oils, please view the First Aid Guidelines.
An aromatherapy bath can be a very relaxing and therapeutic experience, and it is one of the most popular ways to use essential oils. However, it can very easily turn unpleasant if you don’t follow one simple rule – disperse! Essential oils are not water soluble, and so pouring them directly into a bath will result in a film of undiluted essential oils sitting on top, waiting patiently for your tender flesh to enter the water. Because the oils are warmed up by the water, and also cannot evaporate, they often sting like crazy.
How to avoid turning a relaxing bath time experience into a very unpleasant one – safe use of essential oils in the bathtub.