Ingredient Insight | Safety Precautions When Dabbling With Raw Essential Oils

by Tess Wood

Safety Precautions When Dabbling With Pure Essential Oils 


Here at WiDEYE love our pure essential oils, but its really good to remember the precautions to take when we are using them for therapeutic purposes at home. Essential oils are concentrated volatile oils extracted from plants, this makes them really strong. Although they are considered safe, it is good to take extra care when using them. It is good to find out what ones you want to work with and research at home to gather more information about the essential oil you are choosing. Please remember we are not medical professionals, so always talk to your doctor about the use of essential oils for your health before starting. 


General Precautions 

Always dilute your essential oils first before using them in any form, using a ratio that equals 1 drop of essential oil to 10 ml of either water or carrier oil.

Never consume any essential oils internally as this can lead to serious health related issues. 

In rare cases essential oils can cause mild side effects in some people and you should stop using them immediately if the following occurs. 

  • Allergic reaction (itchiness/redness/blotchiness)
  • Rashes
  • Asthma attack
  • headaches


Precautions for Pregnancy 

It is important to use extreme caution while pregnant or breastfeeding when it comes to the use of pure essential oils as they are absorbed into the skin. 


  • Do not use within the first trimester of pregnancy. 
  • Always dilute them 
  • When using a vapour diffuser, only have it on 10-15 at a time. 


Here are ones to specifically avoid during pregnancy

Clary sage, Basil, Thyme, Juniper, Citronella, Parsley and Cinnamon.


Precautions for use around pets

Animals are incredibly sensitive and some essential oils can be toxic to them. Never use essential oils with pets whatsoever orally or topically as they can be dangerous. Here are ones to specifically avoid if you have pets in the home. 

Cinnamon, Peppermint, Pine, Tea tree, Thyme, Oregano, Lavender, Ylang ylang, Juniper and citrus (d-limonene)

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