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Oil Safety

Essential oils can be used in three ways: aromatically, topically or orally. Within each of these methods, there is a wide range of effective methods of application that you can use. For example, you can add them to a bath, massage them into your body or add them to body spray.

Always apply the “more is less” rule of thumb when it comes to these powerful plant medicines. They are extremely potent, so a little goes a long way. We suggest that you start small with one to two drops, and slowly increase the dosage to the recommended amount. It’s also a good idea to use several small doses throughout the day, rather than a single large dose.

Always follow the instructions provided on the label.

When trying an oil for the first time it is advisable to use a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. We also recommend that you dilute your oils when using with young or sensitive skin. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

Common FAQ’s

Can essential oils be used during pregnancy?

Yes, essential oils can be used during pregnancy. However, it’s always a good idea to consult with your obstetrician, midwife or doctor and let them know that you are using essential oils. Some oils should be avoided during pregnancy including Clary Sage, Sage, Fennel, and Wintergreen, Myrrh as well as any blends or supplements that contain these oils.

What about essential oils and going out into the sun?

Certain oils (mainly citrus oils) can react with sunlight when applied directly to the skin and then exposed to direct UV rays. It’s important to note, these oils do not cause problems EXCEPT when used topically on skin that will have exposure to UV rays. They can be safely used internally or on skin that will be covered.
These oils should always be well diluted or applied to an area that is not exposed to the sun. Alternatively, you should wait 24 hours before going out into the sun.
When in doubt always check the label, dōTERRA clearly marks all essential oil bottles if there is a potential photosensitivity issue.
doTERRA oils that are considered phototoxic are:

Aromatouch Lime
Bergamot doTERRA OnGuard
doTERRA Breathe Purify
Citrus Bliss Slim & Sassy
Cumin Tangerine
Elevation Wild Orange
Grapefruit Zendocrine
InTune dōTERRA Cheer
Kumquat dōTERRA Motivate
Lemon dōTERRA Forgive

What is a carrier oil and do I have to use one?

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil, that can be used to dilute essential oils.

What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation?

If discomfort or irritation occurs, immediately stop using the essential oil and apply some fractionate coconut oil to the affected area. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase the level of discomfort.

How much do I use?

Please follow the instructions provided on the essential oil label. Essential oils are very potent so start small. In most cases, as little as 1- 2 drops are adequate and using more is a waste. Depending on the essential oil you can gradually build up to using it 3 – 4 times a day if desired.

Can essential oils be used on children?

Many essential oils are safe and wonderful to use with children. Because children are often more sensitive than us big people, they should be diluted prior to use. dōTERRA has a great range of pre-diluted oils that are safe to be used directly on children.
The dōTERRA Touch Kit is a convenient collection of nine of our most popular essential oils, including doTERRA Breathe®, Deep Blue®, DigestZen®, Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, doTERRA On Guard®, Oregano, Peppermint.
You can also get the Emotional Aromatherapy oils in 10ML roll-ons – doTERRA Cheer® Touch, doTERRA Console® Touch, doTERRA Forgive® Touch, doTERRA Motivate® Touch, doTERRA Passion® Touch, doTERRA Peace® Touch.

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