Safe Use of Essential Oils

All Greensong products that contain essential oils are diluted to safe levels in carrier oils and hydrosols. The essential oils have been included in the products to provide health benefits and to help preserve the product. However, it is always possible for some people to be sensitive to some of the oils. Please read the ingredients carefully and notice if there are things you know you are allergic or sensitive to. If you see those ingredients either avoid the product or do a small patch test to see if you react.

Pregnant women, people with medical conditions or who are taking many medications should consult their physicians before using the products. Never use essential oils on infants and check with your doctor or do some research before using them on children especially those under 5.

Here are some general tips & warnings about essential oils taken from the medicine site.

Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin, because they are so concentrated some may cause irritation to skin.

Make sure you store essential oils out of the reach of children.

Be careful not to get essential oils in your eyes, nose, or ears. Wash your hands thoroughly after using essential oils. If working with pure essential oils, you may want to get disposable latex gloves (or latex-free alternatives) from the drug store.

Do not take essential oils internally unless directed by a health practitioner. Even small amounts of some oils can be toxic and potentially fatal if ingested.

Before going out in the sun or to a tanning booth, avoid essential oils that increase your sensitivity to the sun, such as citrus oils and bergamot.

Do a patch test if you have allergies or think you might be sensitive to an essential oil. Test aromatherapy products (such as lotions or creams) by applying a small dab to your arm. For pure essential oils, add one drop in 2.5 mL (or 1/2 teaspoon) of vegetable oil and apply it to your arm. If the area turns red, or if there is burning or itchiness, wash the area and do not use that product.

Overuse of essential oils can trigger a headache or dizziness. Don't exceed recommended amounts. If you're working with essential oils (e.g. making your own lotions, candles, or bath salts) make sure you're working in a well ventilated area or take breaks to go outside.

If you have a medical condition, consult a qualified practitioner before using essential oils. Certain essential oils should not be used by people with certain conditions.

People with liver or kidney disease should only use essential oils under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

Consult a qualified practitioner if you are using any medication, because essential oils may interact with certain medications. For example, relaxing essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and melissa (lemon balm) may heighten the effect of sleeping pills or sedatives.

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