Before using essential oils it is important to know about safety information. Get aromatherapy safety tips and precautions.
Also, it is advisable to go in for a ' spot test ' to check for allergic reactions before using essential oils since the effect of essential oils may vary from person to person depending on his/her physiology. Applying a small spot to a part of your body before exposing your whole body to the oil will reveal allergic reactions, if any, it might cause to you.
Essential oils should be kept out of reach of young children. If the oil accidentally spills on the skin or eye, use whole milk to wash it off immediately. For the eyes, milk containing some fat is best recommended for reducing irritation and removing the oil. Other options are the use of olive oil or any other vegetable oil. If you experience a burning sensation it could be best resolved using oils like peppermint. Any inflammation of the skin while using essential oils should be closely watched for. If consumed by accident, provide the person lots of milk to drink and soft bread to eat, and rush him/her to the nearest medical facility for appropriate action.
Many of these essential oils being highly toxic, oral consumption of aromatic oils is highly discouraged unless under the care and supervision of an experienced practitioner. Essential oils in their concentrated form, other than lavender oil which can be applied safely in the undiluted form for burns and insect bites, should not be applied on the body as they may cause discomfort.
Keeping your eyes closed while inhaling the aromatic oil would help in both building up your imagery, which enhances the effect of the essential oil, and in preventing the fumes from causing irritation to the eyes at close range. Be careful that none of the oils comes in contact to your eyes or anywhere around it.
Despite their high efficacy, professional consultation is highly advised before the use any of the oils.