Using Essential Oils Safely
Be sure to use only 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and follow all label warnings and instructions.
One-three drops of essential oil is all you need for topical use for an adult. For children just use a fraction of a drop. Some use what we call a pinky swish and swipe their pinky across the top of the bottle or dip a toothpick in the bottle. Please see our dilution chart for children for exact and safe dilution. For infants and children essential oils should be diluted.
The majority of essential oils should be diluted for topical use, but many can be used 'neat'- without a carrier oil. Some essential oils are quite ‘hot'. ‘Hot' is a term we use for an oil that naturally irritates the skin. Some oils like oregano can irritate the skin enough that it can actually cause blisters or create a uncomfortable burning sensation. Hot oils should always be diluted even if you apply them and you don't feel like you have a reaction. Sometimes damage can be happening that is not visible. Remember it is very important to follow instructions in an EO reference book for specific dilution recommendations. Failure to dilute properly can result in unwanted reactions and a hypersensitivity to essential oils.
If redness or irritation occurs when using essential oils topically, apply a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to the affected area. Continue to apply the oil until the irritation diminishes.
Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal, or in the nasal cavity. Use caution in open wounds. In the event of accidental contact with the eye, dilute with vegetable oil NOT water.
When browsing the Token Rock Essential Oil Index, you will find that we have indicated next to each oil how they can be used with icons representing Aromatic use, Topical use, can be used Internally, Dillution necessary, or no Dillution necessary (also referred to as 'Neat').
Always read the bottle first. Do NOT consume an essential oil internally unless labeled with a Supplement Facts box with specific dietary supplement use instructions and warnings.
Typically, internal or oral use is for supporting the internal body systems- for example- the immune system. Please keep in mind, internal use is a personal preference. If you are not comfortable with using essential oils internally don't feel pressured to do so. Topical use is also an effective way to support the body. Do NOT use essential oils internally for infants or small children.
Discontinue the use of an essential oil if you experience severe skin, stomach, or respiratory irritation or discomfort.
When using on children, apply a very small amount of a diluted oil to test for skin or other sensitivities. Do not use oil on a child's hand as they may transfer to their eyes or mouth. Use care to make sure oil is covered so it isn't transferred to more sensitive areas. A popular place to apply essential oils on infants and small children is the bottom of the feet. Do not apply essential oils on an infant or small child's face.
It is important to remember that therapeutic-grade essential oils are highly-concentrated plant extracts and should be used with reasonable care. Consulting with someone who has experience with essential oils will make your first experience with essential oils more enjoyable and rewarding. As you learn how to use essential oils through personal experience, share your knowledge with others in a safe and responsible way and encourage others to do the same.
WARNING: The information on the internet can be overwhelming. There are many many recipes on pinterest, facebook, blogs and websites. Just because a recipe is available does not mean it is safe. Recipes for 10 ml roller ball bottles should be no more than 50 drops in a large roller ball bottle. If the oils contained are hot or especially powerful that number should be reduced. The most common safe combinations are about 30 drops and the rest Fractionated Coconut Oil.
For additional information about safety associated with the use of essential oils, consider a consultation or one of our classes conducted by an educated Token Rock Essential Oils Advocate.
Reminder: Token Rock does not dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of any technique as a form of treatment for physical, emotional, or medical problems without the advice of a physician, either directly or indirectly. The intent of the website is only to offer general information for wellness. Token Rock assumes no responsibility for your actions in the event you use any information herein for yourself.