5 Aromatherapy Safety Tips + Recipes

Did you know that essential oils can be toxic? No need to fear! With these tips and help from your local Aromatherapist and health care professionals you’ll be using essential oils safely in no time. Enjoy the recipes at the end!

5 Aromatherapy Safety Tips

  1. Less is more
    Always use essential oils sparingly and diluted in carrier oil. A good rule of thumb is 0.5%-2% Dilution: 2-10 drops per 1 oz of carrier.
  2. Bath safety
    Some essential oils can cause skin irritation, especially when used in a bath. Avoid adding these to bathwater: verbena, lemongrass, basil, fennel, rosemary.
  3. Essential oils to avoid
    There are some oils that are simply too toxic to be used at all. These include camphor yellow and brown, sassafras, bitter almond, rue, and wormwood.
  4. Safe pregnancy
    When it comes to essential oils and pregnancy, always ask your doctor and Aromatherapist first. After that, know some Aromatherapists advocate using essential oils during pregnancy and some say not to use them at all the entire nine months. The choice is up to you! Some oils advocated as being safe after the 1st trimester are: lavender, ylang ylang, neroli, rose, chamomile, frankincense, and citrus oils. Avoid going out in the sun if using frankincense or citrus oils! And only use 0.5%-1% Dilution: 2-5 drops per 1 oz carrier.
  5. Is it pure?
    Some essential oils are diluted with petroleum-based solvents that get stored in our fat and are very toxic. The easiest way to test for these is to put a drop of oil on a blotter sheet and wait for it to dry. If there is any residue then the essential oil isn’t pure.


Relaxing Bath
10-20 drops Lavender

Floral Bath
10 drops Lavender
5 drops Rose
5 drops Geranium

For more information on aromatherapy and essential oil safety please see your local Aromatherapy professional. Also, read labels thoroughly and educate yourself on contraindications!


About Mariah

Owner of Gaia Essentia Ltd., Master Bodyworker, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist in-training, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, and Professional Member of the National Association of Complimentary and Alternative Medicines. Loves meditation, yoga, bicycling, photography, and dancing.
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