Contraindications

Essential oils are wonderful gifts from nature, however they are also highly complex chemical compounds and should be used with care.

Keep all essential oils away from Children, Eyes and Pets. Do not ingest or use any oil undiluted on the skin unless advised otherwise by a qualified Aromatherapist.

Angelica – Avoid during pregnancy. Angelica Root is phototoxic. May cause skin irritation or sensitization.

Basil – Use in low concentrations and avoid on sensitive skins. Do not use in pregnancy.

Benzoin – Generally considered non-toxic and non-irritating however this oil can be a strong skin sensitizer so do not use on the skin.

Bergamot – Expressed bergamot is phototoxic when applied to the skin and may irritate sensitive skin. If applied to the skin avoid sunlight or UV rays (including sun beds) for 12 hours. Some suppliers carry a rectified bergamot known as FCF grade which is safe to use on the skin.

Black Pepper – Use in low concentrations on the skin as this oil can irritate the skin.

Cardamom – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing, however use in small doses as aromatically a little goes a long way.

Carrot Seed – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid in pregnancy.

Cedarwood – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing however it is best to avoid its use in early pregnancy. Do not use this oil prior to sunbathing.

Chamomile, German –Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Chamomile, Roman – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing however it is best to avoid its use in early pregnancy.

Cinnamon Leaf – Use in low concentrations on the skin as this oil can be a skin irritant. Do not use during pregnancy.

Clary Sage – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use while drinking or driving.

Clove – Use in low concentrations on the skin as this oil can cause skin irritations.

Cypress – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy.

Eucalyptus – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, however, when taken internally this oil is toxic.

Eucalyptus Citriodora – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing

Fennel – Do not use during pregnancy. Use with extreme caution if suffering from epilepsy. Use with caution on sensitive skins as this oil may cause mild skin sensitisation.

Fir – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Although some varieties of Fir may cause some skin irritation.

Frankincense – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Geranium – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing however it is best to avoid its use in early pregnancy.

Ginger- Use in low concentrations as this oil can cause skin irritation.

Grapefruit – Do not use before exposure to sun or UV rays.

Helichrysum – Also know as Everlasting and Immortelle is generally considered to be non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Jasmine – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Do no use in pregnancy and use with caution on people who are hypersensitive or allergic to perfumes, cosmetics or spicy foods.

Juniper – Avoid in pregnancy. Prolonged use can damage kidneys. On skin non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.

Lavender – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Lemon – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Phototoxic avoid exposure to sunlight or uv rays for at least 12 hours after use.

Lemongrass – Generally considered non-toxic, possible dermal irritant so use with care with dermal applications. Avoid in pregnancy.

Mandarin – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Manuka – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. No formal testing.

Marjoram, Sweet – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy.

Melissa –Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Myrrh – Avoid if allergic to cosmetics and perfume. Avoid during pregnancy.

Niaouli –No formal testing. Use with caution during pregnancy and with children.

Neroli – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Nutmeg – When tested at low doses found to be non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It may irritate sensitive skins.

Orange – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing however as with most expressed oils it can be phototoxic and if used on the skin do not expose skin to sun or UV rays for 12 hours after use.

Oregano – Moderate skin irritant and strong mucous membrane irritant. Do not use at more than a 1% dilution.

Patchouli – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic. It may curb the appetite. Do not use on anyone allergic to spicy foods and use cautiously on anyone with known allergies to perfumes and cosmetics.

Palmarosa – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing, however care should be taken with anyone known to be sensitive to cosmetics.

Peppermint – Generally considered non-toxic. Avoid in pregnancy. Keep away from children.

Petitgrain – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic when tested at low doses. Some cross sensitivity has been reported when there is an existing allergic reaction to balsams.

Pine – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic. However they can oxidize very easily and then they are potentially sensitizing.

Rose – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.

Rosemary – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and use with extreme caution if suffering from epilepsy.

Rosemary ct. Verbennone – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and use with extreme caution if suffering from epilepsy. Do not use on children younger than 10 years of age.

Rosewood – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.

Sandalwood – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.

Spike Lavender – Avoid during pregnancy.

Spikenard -Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.

Tea Tree – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing.

Thyme –Avoid in pregnancy and high blood pressure. It can be a potent irritant to people with sensitive or fragile skins. Only use in very low doses.
Vetiver – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.

Ylang Ylang – Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic. However do use in low concentrations as excess use may lead to feelings of nausea and headaches.

Yarrow –Avoid in pregnancy and with young children.

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