Using Essential Oils At Home

This introduction to Aromatherapy is simply to give you enough information to understand what essential oils do and how you can enjoy using them safely and effectively at home. If in any doubt, do seek advice from an expert.

Safety First

● Keep well away from children

● Never swallow essential oils

● Use in tiny amounts as advised by your supplier

● Very few oils are suitable for small children. Be sure to check (See List)

● Some essential oils are unsuitable for pregnant women (See List)

● Citrus oils can cause uneven pigmentation of the skin if used in direct sunlight

● Some oils are best avoided if you have high or low blood pressure. (See list)

Essential Oils to avoid during pregnancy

Basil, Cinnamon, Clarysage, Cypress, Fennel, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

Essential oils to avoid whilst breastfeeding

Mint, Sage, Parsley, Jasmine

Essential oils to avoid if you have high blood pressure

Cypress, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

Essential oils to avoid is you have low blood pressure

Clarysage, Garlic, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang

Essential oils to avoid if you have epilepsy

Fennel, Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage, Wormwood

Generally, there are just three essential oils that we believe are suitable for small children: Lavender, Chamomile and Tea Tree and they should be used in a much weaker dilution than for adults. These are also the only three which are safe to use undiluted on the skin.

When you purchase Essential Oils, be sure to buy from a reputable supplier with a fast turnover as they do lose their strength with age. Check that the label says Essential and Pure.

Aromatherapy oils and blends are something different, they are already diluted and once diluted, the effectiveness quickly fades.

Store the oils in a cool dark place, out of the reach of children and pets.

There are many ways of using Essential oils. We are going to focus on just four.

It is fine to use a mixture of different oils in any of these ways but the maximum amount should add up to the recommended total quota.


Use 5-10 drops of essential oil in a bath of warm water. Stir well to avoid a cluster of drops causing stinging of the skin.

Oil burner or Diffuser (electronic or candle heated)

Use up to 5 drops of essential oil in the dish of the oil burner filled with water. Do not use without water, it will be far too strong. In a small room, fewer drops are necessary than a large one.


Essential oils must be blended with a carrier oil before use in a massage. Carrier oil is a bland, easily absorbed oil, usually extracted or pressed from fruits, vegetables or nuts. Popular carrier oils are:- sweet almond, grapeseed, apricot kernel, evening primrose, and olive. The lighter the carrier oil, the more easily the essential oils make it through the skin where they can begin their work.

Use 4-5 drops of your chosen oil/s in 10mls (2 teaspoons) of carrier oil. The blend can be used for a full body massage or just a hand or foot massage.


It is also good to use a plain face cream instead of carrier oil. Make your own special moisturiser, foot cream or hand cream. Use 4-5 drops of essential oil for every 10mls of cream or lotion.

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