Guidelines for the safe use of doTERRA essential oils

Essential oils are very safe and easy to use. But it is important to know, that pure essential oils of therapeutic quality are highly concentrated plant extracts and should be used with caution.

Skin Test:
 People with sensitive skin can prevent unwanted irritations with a simple skin test. Put some neutral carrier oil on the forearm and then a small amount of essential oil. Shows the skin after one hour no irritation, then the oil can be safely used after it is diluted with a carrier oil or by first a layer of carrier oil on the skin and then do the essential oil.

The most commonly used organic carrier oils are: coconut oil (fractionated), jojoba oil, almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, etc.

Less is more:
 A normal dose is 1-3 drops for adults. Quietly start with lemon oils, as they help with detox. It is better to use a little more often than a lot at once.

 For each oil, the label states the amount by which it can be diluted. At the next page is an overview for diluting essential oils with a carrier oil.

Hot oils
 such as Oregano, Cinnamon, Cassia, Thyme and Clove should always be diluted heavily before use. Peppermint has a strong cooling effect and is therefore better used diluted with carrier oil.

Babies and children:
 Rule of thumb is to dilute 1 tablespoon of carrier oil with one drop of essential oil. For babies, use the diluted oil under the feet and always put on a sock to prevent putting the foot in the mouth and thus swallowing the oil. Internal use of essential oils is only from 6 years.

Internal use:
 Only those oils labeled “dietary use” may be used internally in small amounts. Mild oils can be dripped under the tongue. Hot oils are best taken in a capsule. Many oils can be used in cooking and intensify the flavor of dishes. Again, less is more. Never use a plastic bottle or plastic cup, preferably always glass.

Sunlight sensitive:
 After using citrus oils, avoid UV and direct sunlight for 12-24 hours to prevent skin burns.

Eyes, ears, nose:
 Never drip oil directly into eyes, ears or nose. 
Never use water
 to rinse out an oil, as this increases the absorption capacity of the skin and therefore makes it burn even more. If oil accidentally gets too close to, or even into, the eyes, always use a base oil to rinse it out.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
 Most oils can be used safely with normal use during pregnancy and breastfeeding and can actually provide great relief during pregnancy. But also during and after the birth. Some oils can affect hormones and are therefore not advisable during this period. Peppermint, for example, can reduce milk production. It is important to discuss use with your supervising midwife or doctor.

Serious health problems
: People with asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure, and other serious health problems almost certainly experience great relief by using essential oils. It is advisable to coordinate with supervising physicians and therapists regarding their use. People with epilepsy should avoid using fennel, basil, birch and mixtures containing these oils. People with high blood pressure should avoid using thyme and rosemary.

Bathing with essential oils:
 Always mix essential oils with a dispensing agent such as bath or shower gel, (rice) milk or salt (sea salt, epsom salt) before adding them to bath water.

 Many oils are flammable. Therefore keep them away from open fire and heat sources.

Dilution overview

What do you want to use the oil for?Dilution
Babies, toddlers or “hot” oils0,5%
Children, seniors, sensitive skin1%
Daily skin care2-3%
Single or short use10-25%
Quantity of drops of essential oil
Base oil0,5%1%2%3%10%25%
  5ml 1231025

A drop is not an exact unit of measure and the size of a drop depends on the viscosity of the oil and the dropper of the bottle.

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