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There are risks associated with all 3 essential oil application methods (Aromatic, Topical and Internal) all of which can be controlled by knowledge, awareness and caution. Get this book to know the answers.


  • Knowledge: Know which essential oils are safe to use. Some essential oils are not appropriate for therapeutic use.

  • Caution: Be aware of the appropriate dose, dilution, and duration (length of time an essential oil is used) for the essential oils you are using.  Choose an application method best suited to a particular essential oil and the condition being treated.

  • Awareness: Be aware of any contraindications related to the physical condition of the recipient or the medications they are taking.


CAUTION: If at any time when using essential oils - in any form or with any method - you or someone you care for experiences irritation, rashes, or pain discontinue essential oil use immediately. If it doesn't clear within a few days consult with a qualified professional, whether an aromatherapist or a doctor.



Inhalation by diffusion or other methods is very safe. Use 1-6 drops for an average size room. Using more can lead to headache. Avoid inhaling directly from the diffuser, or allowing the mist to contact your eyes, especially when using an essential oil known to be a potential irritant. These would be oils such as cassia, cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, or oregano.



This use method can be very safe for most people when essential oils are used according to appropriate dose, dilution, and duration.

Possible side effects include the following.

  • Irritation – Local temporary redness, itching, rashing and/or burning at the application site.  

  • Sensitization - An allergic-type skin reaction that is not necessarily localized. It can occur with first-time use or may be developed over time. It is often related to high dosages, non-dilution, and long-term duration or use on broken or irritated skin. 

  • Photosensitization – Random pigmentation or burning of the skin from essential oils containing certain chemical constituents. Many of the citrus oils could cause this reaction when applied to the skin, then exposed to sunlight.



The ingestion of essential oils carries some risk, primarily related to dosage and dilution but also method of use. If you stay within the guidelines for all there is very little risk.


Many people like to put essential oils in water and drink them. This is the least safe method to ingest them. Because essential oils are not dispersible in water, the droplets float on the surface of the water coming into contact with sensitive membranes when drunk. This can cause irritation of the lips, tongue, and throat. The best way to drink essential oils, if you choose this method, is to put a few drops in the bottom of a glass, fill with water, and drink immediately. Alternately, put the drops of essential oil in a glass or stainless steel water bottle, fill with water, and always shake before drinking. The agitation used in both these methods, causes essential oils to be broken up into smaller droplets so there is less chance of causing irritation.

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There is a whole section in Essential Oil Basics: The Complete Pocket Guide to Safe & Effective Essential Oil Use devoted to teaching you how to make basic blends that can be used for a number of common conditions from colds to bee stings to relaxation.


Get answers to your questions and find what you need to know including the following in Essential Oil Basics. If you have the book you will always have the answers when you need them.


WHO can use essential oils?

WHEN do I use essential oils?

WHAT about ingesting essential oils? Is it safe?

WHY do some people dilute essential oils and others do not?

BENEFITS of diluting essential oils-Is using more essential oil more effective?

WHERE and HOW do I apply essential oils?



All of the risks associated with essential oils can be minimized or eliminated by using them correctly.

More information on the risks associated with essential oils can be in your pocket, purse or at your fingertips if you have the 'Essential Oil Basics' book.

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