A frequent and considerable concern regarding use of essentials oils in a clinical setting is that they are not FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) regulated and cannot claim to treat disease. In a medical setting, they may be used only for specific indications, and the language surrounding their use must be monitored. For example, essential oils can be said to “minimize comfort” but not “treat pain”; they can be used to “promote a sense of calm and well- being”, but not “treat anxiety”.
Since essentials oils manufactures are not regulated by FAD or any other regulatory body, it is the responsibility of the practitioner to investigate any supplier from witch an essential oil is obtained to ensure that the oil has a known botanical origin, is of high quality, and has been tested for chemical makeup between batches. Without standardization, it’s impossible to guarantee the therapeutic value and safety of any product.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) emphasizes six factors that influence the safe use of essential oil:
quality, chemical composition, method of application, dosage (or dilution), integrity of skin, and age of the client.
It provides these 12 general safety guidelines:
1. Keep all essential oils out of reach of children and pets.
2. Do not use or recommend the use of photosensitizing essential oils prior to going into a sun tanning booth or the sun. Recommend that the client stay out of the sun or sun tanning booth for at least twenty-four hours after treatment if photosensitizing essential oils were applied to the skin.
3. Avoid prolonged use of the same essential oils.
4. Avoid the use of essential oils you know nothing about on your clients. Research and get to know the oil prior to using it on others.
5. Avoid the use of undiluted essential oils on the skin, unless otherwise indicated.
6. If you suspect your client may be sensitive to specific essential oils or if your client has known allergies or sensitivities, it may be wise to perform a skin patch test.
7. Know the safety data on each essential oil and place into context of use and knowledge.
8. Use caution when treating a female client who suspects she is pregnant or has been trying to become pregnant.
9. Keep essential oils away from the eyes.
10. Essential oils are highly flammable substances and should be kept away from direct contact with flames, such as candles, fire, matches, cigarettes, and gas cookers.
11. Make sure your treatment room has good ventilation.
12. Do not use essential oils internally unless properly trained in the safety issues of doing so. Please visit NAHA’s approved schools to explore education in aromatherapy.
Kjell H Kjellevold
Some essential oils can cause a burning sensation when applied to sensitive skin. If this happens, do not try to wash off the oil with soap and water. This will just spread the oil. Instead dilute the oil with olive oil, unperfumed massage oil, or coconut oil. Apply the diluting oil liberally. The burning sensation will stop almost instantly as soon as the essential oils become incorporated with the larger volume of the carrier oil that has been applied over them. Wipe off the oil when the discomfort stops. Apply additional carrier oil if discomfort reoccurs.
If you never have tried essential oil and the comfort and wellbeing using them you should give it a try! You must always be sure that you are using high quality essential oils, and not oils that were intended for perfume or flavoring. Most oils can be safely used at home without special training. If you want to try essential oils I strongly recommend the same company as I use: Click here!
Kjell H Kjellevold
Peppermint oil is made from the peppermint plant, which has been used for many years as a tea to calm the digestion. Peppermint has an anti-spasmodic action, and calms the smooth muscles of the stomach, intestines, and uterus. Peppermint also has analgesic (pain-killing) properties. Peppermint oil is used for all the main symptoms of IBS, but it may be particularly effective at relieving cramps, spasms and pain. There have been several published scientific studies showing that peppermint oil is useful in treating IBS symptoms.