When used properly, essential oils don’t have many negative side effects. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence that essential oils are an incredibly powerful and healing tool. However, it’s easy to misuse them if you don’t know what you are doing.

The most important thing to remember when using essential oils is that they are very concentrated. A little goes a long way.

Here are some other important essential oil safety tips.

Know How to Apply The Oil You Are Using

The way in which you use your oils can determine whether you will react to them or not.

There are three major ways to apply essential oils.

  • Topically
  • Inhaled
  • Internally

It’s important to know how to apply the certain kind of oil you are using. Not all oils are safe to use in the same way, and not all oils are safe for all people. Those with specific sensitivities can respond poorly to more intense oils like tea tree oil.

Some people have sensitivities when applying essential oils in certain ways. The good thing about essential oils is that they cannot cause an allergic reaction. The following symptoms indicate a sensitivity to the type of oil application you have used.

  • Digestive problems
  • Hard time breathing
  • Hives or rash
  • Itchiness
  • Pain or swelling

If any of these symptoms do occur, don’t worry. You can either try a different method of application or use another oil.

Here are some essential oil safety tips for each type of application.


One of the biggest mistakes people make when first using essential oils is putting the oil straight on your skin. Undiluted oils are very powerful and can cause irritation and itching.

Instead, put a couple of drops in a carrier oil, like coconut or jojoba oil. Carrier oils will not reduce the effect of the essential oil but instead makes sure it’s distributed properly.

Those that haven’t used essential oils before might try to use a lot, only to find that it’s way too strong.

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant essence. They are made to be used in small doses. Trying to use more than a few drops is likely to cause one or more of the symptoms listed above. 

Here are some of the best places to use essential oils on your body:

Avoid putting essential oils near the eyes or ear canals, as these are some of the most sensitive spots on the body.


There are two common ways people inhale essential oils: using a mist to release some into the air and diffusing them in a vapor. Inhalation is one of the safest ways to use essential oils, as it is very difficult to reach dangerous levels because of vaporization.

If you want to diffuse your essential oils, make sure you buy a diffuser specifically designed to work with them. Humidifiers should be avoided. While carrier oils are essential for topical application, they should not be used in a diffuser. This will cause it to stop working.

Don’t use a diffuser for more than 45 minutes at a time. Make sure the space you are using is well ventilated, so the mist has somewhere to go. You will also want to store your oils away from flames, as they are highly flammable.

Be careful when diffusing oils around babies, children, people with asthma, pregnant or nursing women, and pets unless you are absolutely sure they are safe to use.


Using essential oils internally can be incredibly dangerous if not done correctly. Some people caution against using them internally at all, as doing so can cause more severe reactions than other methods of application.

However, there are many essential oils that you might be ingesting in your food. When you put lemon in your tea, add oregano to your sauce, or put cinnamon on your toast, you are ingesting the compounds found in essential oils.

Concentrated oils can be a great way to target specific problem areas when used correctly.

Sprinkling a bit of oil on your food can be a great way to ingest essential oils. You shouldn’t need more than a drop or two for your needs. 

Mixing different types of essential oils can be incredibly dangerous. Avoid mixing your own oils and ingesting them. If you want to use several oils at once, stick to pre-mixed blends.

Oil blends should indicate whether or not they are safe to ingest. If you’re ever unsure about the safety of ingesting a specific oil, consult your doctor or an essential oil professional.

When using oils internally, make sure you use 100% pure therapeutic grade oils. If you are taking prescription medications, essential oils can interact with them badly, so you will want to make sure they are safe to take together.

If you want to ingest oils to treat a problem, consult someone who has taken a course in doing so. These people are certified to know how oils will interact and know how to help you ingest them safely.

Essential Oils Safety Tips During Pregnancy

Young children and pregnant women are more sensitive to essential oils than most people.

Most medical experiments recommend avoiding essential oils completely during your first trimester. Pregnant women must avoid some oils completely, as these oils can affect the baby and increase blood pressure. Most labels will have warnings if you should not use them during pregnancy.

Oils that are safe to use during pregnancy include:

  • bergamot
  • ginger
  • grapefruit
  • lemon
  • sandalwood
  • orange

Some oils you should avoid during pregnancy include:

  • Birch
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Jasmine
  • Lemongrass
  • Oregano
  • Tea Tree

When used correctly, essential oils can help you with a number of problems. Follow these safety tips when using your oils, and you are unlikely to experience any problems.

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