Essential Oils Storage and Safety

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Essential Oils Cebu Philippines - In our present time, a lot of people are now interested or shall we say are using essential oils in their day-to-day living. There are many uses of essential oils whether aromatically or therapeutically. However, when information online is too much and can be overwhelming, we have to always remember to exercise safety and err to the side of caution at all times. There are hundreds of essential oils out there and we might not know all of its benefits and use. So, when we encounter one of these new ones, we tend to be overly excited not minding it could put us at risk. 

 


 

How to store Essential Oils?

It is important that we know how to store our essential oils so we can enjoy its maximum use for a long time or until its normal shelf life. Let us check what we need to note.

1. Always check the labels when buying essential oils for its expiration date as well as its 'botanical name' as way to know that it is the pure essential oil (at least, for now). You may request a purity test of the essential oils from the producers themselves.

2. Keep essential oils out of reach from kids and make sure it is tightly closed.

3. Avoid buying bottles with rubber glass droppers. Essential oils are highly potent liquid and can melt the rubber and might mix with it.

4. Store the essential oil bottles in a cool and dark box or in a dark room away from direct sunlight.

5. Take note of the date the oil bottle is opened and its shelf life. When oils are exposed to air, it will oxidize in the long run and may be less effective when used therapeutically. 

6. Know the name of the company you bought the oils and make sure it is from a trusted source. Companies that provide an updated GC/MS test report of the oils you've purchased is one thing you can trust.


In aromatherapy, there are no standards  across schools teaching it. However, there are guidelines we can follow to make sure we fully benefit the effectiveness of using essential oils safely.

 

Essential Oils Safety


1. Always do a Skin Patch Test before applying diluted essential oils topically especially if it is your first time using it.

2. As a best practice, always DILUTE essential oils in a carrier oil when you have the intention of applying it on the skin. NEVER APPLY NEAT. We know some brands of EO are encouraging undiluted application of some essential oils like lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) direct to the skin. This is definitely DANGEROUS. There are people who will have extreme adverse reaction to lavender. So keep that in mind.

3. When oils get to the eyes, use any carrier oil you have to dilute it and absorb it with a wash cloth. You may use milk too if you have it on hand. Avoid washing it with water especially if it's peppermint. 

4. Some essential oils are photo toxic especially those oils belonging to the Rutaceae family or the citrus oils like bergamot, lemon, etc. This means, avoid sun or UV light exposure within 16 hours of applying such essential oils as it could damage the skin. 

5. Do not ingest essential oils unless you are under the supervision of a certified aromatherapist or a health professional who is qualified and has knowledge with essential oils. Never try it at home no matter how EO brands would promote that their oils are safe to be used with internal use. We say, NO, NO to a drop of lemon on a glass of water. It's again, very dangerous. Logic dictates, oil and water don't mix together. That lemon is NOT diluted in water at all.

6. Avoid certain essential oils if you have epilepsy or high blood pressure or diabetes. When in doubt, always seek advice from a certified aromatherapist or ask the doctor that has knowledge with essential oils. 

7. Only diffuse oils when needed or use it sparingly at most 1 hr in a given day. Regular use of essential oils like diffusing it everyday will cause you to develop sensitization and it could be an irreversible damage. So, don't reach to that point when essential oils will no longer work for you and you will get allergic to it rather than it is therapeutic for you.

8. When making your own roller blend or massage oils or salves, always have a knowledge about DILUTION RATE. For pregnant women and kids age 2 to 6 years old, a dilution rate is .25% to .50% is recommended. For those with adults with health condition, Seniors and kids 7 to 12 years old, a dilution rate of 1% is a guideline. Healthy individuals can go for a maximum of 5% dilution rate.

Please refer here for the FREE Auto Dilution Calculator


We hope you find this article informative and useful in your oily journey. Again, there is so much to do with essential oils and aromatherapy. Always keep in mind the safety in using it.

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*This article is written with confidence by a Certified Essential Oil Specialist.


Disclaimer



Our Certified Essential Oil Specialist supports the suggestions above are safe given the quantities of the essential oils.  DO NOT EXCEED dosage to what's been recommended above. As unique as we all are, some essential oils or blends might work for you, some may not work for others. Each will have a different experience. So please take note and experiment "safely" on what works for you.

Should you be seeking medical cure or treatment, please contact a doctor immediately and refer to their prescribed medications.

The use of essential oils whether aromatically, topically or internally is NEVER a cure to illnesses or diseases. It should not be intended for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.  It is just supplementary or complementary to orthodox medicines. And is dependent to the client's wishes to use the Holistic Approach in healing.

Any products or brands mentioned above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

If unsure or in doubt about what essential oils to use, always consult or refer to a Certified Essential Oil Specialist here.


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