While I only blend with oils that are commonly used and are considered very safe, there are basic safety guidelines that should be followed when using any product containing essential oils.
Use only as directed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Products are for external use only. Keep away from heat and store in a cool, dry place.
For a comprehensive read on essential oil safety, visit the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy safety page.
Children: Many essential oils are too strong for young children and can cause respiratory distress if directly placed under the nose. Products are intended for adult use only.
Cross-contamination: While blending instruments are thoroughly cleaned between each use, there is always a risk of cross-contamination of ingredients, however small. If you have a strong sensitivity to any of the ingredients listed on this page, please exercise caution.
Pets: Never use these products on pets.
Pregnancy: There is debate about the safe use of essential oils during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. As a general rule, essential oils are best avoided during pregnancy, and should only be used under the guidance of a knowlegeable medical practitioner or certified aromatherapist.
Scent Sensitivities: I blend my products at low dilutions, which means the aroma is much lighter and better tolerated for sensitive people. However, for those with sensitivities to scents (I am one of them), some products, such as the inhalers, may need to be used cautiously.
Skin Sensitivities: A patch test is highly recommended for those with skin sensitivities. Do not use product if it contains an ingredient that has caused a prior skin reaction.
SPECIAL SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS
Shea Butter: Shea butter contains a natural latex. The chemical composition is very similar to the more common latex from the Rubber Tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Not all people with latex sensitivities are sensitive to shea butter, but a patch test is recommended. If you are known to have a severe reaction to latex, avoid shea butter.
Eucalyptus Dives: Not to be used on children under 10 or on women who are pregnant.
Peppermint: This oil should not be used on the face or near the nose of infants and small children.
Ylang Ylang: Those with low blood pressure should use this oil with caution.