Health, safety and storage of essential oils
Safety involves a state of being free from risk or occurrence of injury, harm, or danger and qualified, professional Aromatherapists understand that client or patient safety is of utmost importance. In having the right training and education Aromatherapists uphold the trust of individuals through ensuring they following their training and the guidelines of best practice as determined by their education.
Professional or lay person, individuals who practice aromatherapy need to be aware of the safety issues involved with using essential oils in order to avoid potential adverse effects. A professional qualified therapist will conduct a full consultation with a client before the client receives any form of treatment, this approach ensures that the clients welfare and safety is at the centre of the treatment programme that will be agreed.
According to Burfield, “Although many essential oils are potentially hazardous materials, if handled in the appropriate manner, the risks involved in their use can be very small. So therefore, most commercially offered essential oils are safe to use for the purpose intended in a domestic/ professional or clinical environment.”
The informed use of essential oils may create occasional irritation or minor discomfort, but it is extremely unlikely to create serious injury or lasting physical problems, particularly when basic guidelines are followed. A professional qualified Aromatherapist
• The following essential oils must be completely avoided unless you have undertaken professional, clinical advanced advice and/or training. More detailed information is available at: Source: National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy
• This warning to avoid these essential oils is due to their containing certain potent compounds that can be lethal in high doses.
• Bitter Almond, Birch, Bold leaf
• Calamus, Yellow camphor, Cassia
• Cinnamon, Chamomile Moroc, Fennel bitter
• Horseraddish, Mugwort, Pennyroyal
• Rue, Sage, Sassagras
• Spikenard, Savind,Tagettes,
• Tansy, Thuja, Turpentine
• Wintergreen, Wormwood, Wormseed