Always follow the safety guidelines below when working with any essential oil:

  • Always dilute essential oils properly before using. Never apply an undiluted essential oil directly to your skin.
  • Don’t eat or drink essential oils unless you’re under the supervision of a qualified professional. 
  • When using essential oils for aromatherapy, make sure the room you’re in has good ventilation.
  • Think about who else is in the room inhaling the aromatherapy. Some essential oils are dangerous for pregnant women, children, and pets.
  • Keep essential oils away from your eyes.
  • If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant, talk with your doctor before using essential oils.
  • Keep essential oils in a place where children and pets can’t get to them.
  • When shopping for essential oils, be aware of any product information that claims to treat a specific disease or condition. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate most essential oils, so these claims may be more marketing and not be validated by research.

Essential oils and pet safety:

  • It’s important to know that some essential oils can be very harmful to animals, even when diffused and depending on dilution. If you have questions or concerns about your pet, speak to a veterinarian. More resources are available from places like the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.