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Essential oils safety is important to consider when using and purchasing essential oils. So please DO follow the instructions.
I have been using therapeutic grade essential oils for over ten years now and have not had one single problem. And I prescribe to the French Model of Aromatherapy.
What are Aromatherapy Models?
There are three models or schools of thought for Aromatherapy: German, British and French. They differ in how the oils are applied to the body and used (application methods). And essential oils safety is definitely approached very differently.
The German aromatherapy model emphasizes the inhalation of essential oils. Studies have shown that just inhaling the oils. And this model alone is very effective.
The British aromatherapy model is very conservative and they support a high level of dilution. Essential oils safety seems to be overemphasized in my opinion; however, they also do not emphasize the use of therapeutic grade oils.
Therefore based on that point alone, I can understand being on the cautious side of things, especially with the amount of fraud that goes on in the essential oil department.
The French aromatherapy model is very proactive and they support applying essential oils NEAT (undiluted) to the body. They also support using the oils internally.
The essential oils safety is not compromised and certainly the ones that absolutely require dilution are diluted and the ones that are not for internal use are NOT used in that manner.
But, the French do rely on strong scientific studies an emphasize the use of therapeutic grade essential oils. This is important because once again there really is not a safety concern when using the correct oil that is of therapeutic quality.
The United States doesn't really adhere to one method and we really haven't led the charge when it comes to Aromatherapy, so there isn't a "US school of thought" for the moment.
Why do we Need to Know about Any of this Anyway?
I am telling you about these different models because many of you may read books that are written by British Aromatherapists and they will tell you not to use certain essential oils that are written about on my website. You may also find the approach is more conservative. And that is fine. I have learned a lot from those books and I will keep them on my shelf.
But I want to make it clear that many of the oils that the British model considers dangerous, or should be used with extreme caution, I use every single day-you have to choice what is best for you.
And again oils that are adulterated with solvents, are perfume quality, or used incorrectly will compromise essential oils safety. So its about the quality of the oil as I have said so many times, not whether to use the oil or not.
For fun, here is a list of some of the oils that are not allowed in the British school of thought.
Pregnancy and Oils
I believe that during pregnancy it is important to be cautious with oils and consult with your health professional.
What Other Essential Oils Safety Should I Take into Account?
There are basically two other areas of Safety to consider. They are:
How Should My Oil be Stored?
Does Essential Oils Safety include a Shelf Life?
If your essential oils are contained in dark glass and you follow the storing recommendations then you shouldn't need to worry about shelf life. However, exposing it to the air can oxidize the oil and the quality can degrade so that is why it is important to keep the lid on tight.
How Should I Use my Oil?
These are just some of the essential oils safety considerations. As I have said many times, if you are unfamiliar with essential oils please make sure you read through the various sections so you have an understanding.
Or consider taking my online aromatherapy course for people and animals!
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