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9 Aromatherapy Essentials

5.  When certain oils are used on the skin, they can cause sensitivity to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  Citrus oils are the most likely to cause photosensitivity. They include:  bergamot, lime, bitter orange, lemon, and grapefruit.  Wait at least 8 hours before exposing skin to ultraviolet light after using essential oils on the skin.

6.  Avoid mucous membrane irritants.  Some oils can irritate the lining of the digestive, respiratory, reproductive, and urinary tracts, and skin.  Always be sure that the essential oils you’re using are safe for the application you choose. For example:  for skin application, inhalation, mouth wash, or other application.  Keep all essential oils away from the eyes.

7.  Rotate essential oils. Varying the oils used every couple of weeks prevents the formation of allergies or sensitivities from over-exposure.

8.  Use caution for different health needs, particularly with those who are elderly, convalescing, or have serious health problems such as asthma, epilepsy, heart disease, or are pregnant.  Be cautious about using essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy, particularly in women who are prone to miscarry.

9.  During pregnancy, use only:  rose, neroli, lavender, ylang ylang, chamomile, geranium, citrus oils (bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime mandarin, orange, petitgrain, tangerine), sandalwood, spearmint, and frankincense.   Avoid synthetic product especially during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about aromatherapy, how to make aromatherapy products, oils that are good for different health conditions and more.  Stay posted.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, PhD, RNCP, ROHP

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Very helpful information, thanks!

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Great thanks for posting.

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Interesting article with good advice and helpful info - thanks for posting.

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