Essential oils add wonderful scents, healing properties and even cleaning and disinfecting power to products when used properly. However, when these highly concentrated and powerful oils are used in excess or in the wrong way, they can be dangerous.
Whether you buy products made with pure essential oils from a store or make them yourself, it’s smart to know which oils are in the product and whether or not they’re safe for you and your family. It can also be helpful to understand the oils’ therapeutic properties so you can choose or make a product that best fits your unique needs.
Both Nicole and I use The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being
to look up information about oils. It’s a handy guide that profiles just about every carrier oil and essential oil you’re likely to come across.
The essential oils book has a wealth of information to help you use oils safely including tips for reducing your risk of a negative reaction and a list of oils that increase your sensitivity to the sun and, therefore, should not be used in moisturizers, massage blends or anything else that is left on the skin. Parents will appreciate the safety information for pregnant women, babies and children.
Each essential oil and carrier oil in the book is given a two-page profile that notes any concerns associated with the specific oil. While many oils are described as safe for all skin types, many others warn that the oil should be avoided by certain individuals, such as those who have sensitive skin or a nut allergy, or note certain properties of the oil, such as a short shelf life because the oil goes off quickly.
Essential oils can ease skin conditions, treat sore muscles, calm or uplift a mood, and have a variety of other positive effects. Each oil profile in this book describes the oil’s therapeutic properties and offers recommendations for use in three categories: healing the body, easing the mind or supporting the spirit.
The therapeutic information and suggested mixtures can be a great starting point when you’re making your own personal products. One of my favorite mixtures from the book is a skin mousse that I use to treat dry skin in the winter.
Even when you’re buying products off the shelf, this kind of information can help you decide between different options and ensure your money is well-spent!