November 19, 2020 3 min read
When and where you buy organic essential oils, not all brands are created equal. Many mass-marked oils (i.e. sold in grocery stores or big-box retailers) include a combination of lesser and/or synthetic oils.
All ways research the botanical name, batch number and the corresponding GC/MS (purity) report before purchasing a specific brand of essential oil.
The safest ways to use oils are to dilute them for topical use or diffuse them for direct inhalation. When using topically, Mack says essential oils should always be applied with a barrier substance (like an oil, lotion or aloe jelly). If using in a bath, it is even more important to mix the oils with a barrier substance first, as oil and water don’t mix.
Moreover, simply applying essential oils to the bottom of the feet is the best way to absorb the properties. As well, as applying oils to the tops of feet, arms, wrists, neck and behind the ear generally produce better and more consistent results for most people.
For those inhaling essential oils, some aromatherapists recommend using a waterless or water-based diffuser. Waterless diffusers are great for those with respiratory issues or immunocompromised states, as the deletion of water reduces the risk of waterborne bacteria being distributed.
Can you use essential oils in place of prescription medication?
Does insurance cover it?
When using essential oils, you should never use them in place of any medication without proper supervision by a physician. However, they might complement your current medication regime.
And because essential oils are not recognized as a medication or essential to medical well-being, they are not covered by insurance.
Are essential oils safe?
For the most part, if used correctly, essential oils are safe. Even poor-quality oils are safe to use, although they may be less effective.
However, essential oils do carry some risks, which can be avoided by following these simple steps:
If ingesting essential oils, only do so under the direct supervision of a doctor or certified aromatherapist.
If using oils topically, first test them out by mixing a few drops with a carrier oil(like coconut or avocado oil), applying to a small area and watching for a skin reaction.
You know, some essential oils, like bergamot however, can cause skin sensitivity when in direct sunlight. Be aware of possible side effects.
Exercise caution when using essential oils around children, as many oils are not considered safe for children under the age of 5. Some oils can cause physical and respiratory distress in still-developing bodies.
Never apply oils directly to an animal, and always ask a veterinarian before using essential oils around a pet.
Consult a certified aromatherapist to discover the oils that work best for you and to determine their safety and side effects.
“Essential oils and aromatherapy are highly individualized and can affect everyone differently.
Know that if there is a single oil that is not appropriate for you, there might just be several other oils, that can be used, and that just might come with the same benefits your looking for.