Summer Essential Oil Safety

The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. We know that many of you will be hitting the pool, enjoying family barbecues, or spending time in the camping or at the beach. We want to ensure that you and your family stay safe this summer, and are also able to use your essential oils in the most effective ways possible.

General Oil Safety

Always check the label on your dōTERRA Essential Oil/Blend bottle.
Each essential oil has specific directions for use. Look at the labels and follow direction closely, especially if you are trying oils for the first time. Many oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil. For application convenience, many of dōTERRA’s most popular oils are pre-diluted with a carrier oil as part of our Touch line. The Peppermint touch roller is a summer favorite for many because of its cooling effects on the skin. When applying to your face, avoid contact with your eyes, nose, or ears.
I prefer making my own Cooling Spritzer by adding a pinch of salt (Epsom or other) to a glass or stainless steel spray bottle, a few drops of Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil, and fill the rest with water. Give it a good shake, and for good measure, shake before each use. This is super cooling and refreshing!

Store oils safely. With school out, young children have more time at home. They often are bored and spend their time exploring the home. Keep your oils in a safe place out of the reach of children. Remind your young children that essential oils should be used with a parent. A great way to include your children is to let them pick the oil you are going to diffuse. The uplifting or calming scents that fill your home can contribute to keeping a positive atmosphere and can help dispel hard feelings after an argument. If your kids can't keep their hands of your oils, get them their own Kids Collection which are designed just for them! Get in touch with me if you would like more info on this.

Outdoor Essential Oil Safety
The sun is inviting and it’s often a boost to go outside and get that natural vitamin D. However, be aware that some of your family’s favorite citrus oils should be avoided topically before direct sunlight or exposure to artificial UV rays. The only exception to this rule would be our newly released Green Mandarin essential oil if you must get your hit of citrus in Summer.

When ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a form of radiation which makes up approximately 10 percent of sunlight, comes in contact with particular substances (some of which are present in some of our essential oils) it can initiate a series of chemical and biological reactions. This immune system reaction is known as photosensitisation. Some essential oils contain organic compounds known as furocoumarins that make some people’s skin more sensitive to the effects of UV radiation. When photosensitive skin is exposed to UV radiation, it may cause the formation of free radicals, inflicting damage to cellular membranes, organelles, and proteins. Acutely, this may result in temporary darkening of skin pigment and irritation, much like a sunburn. More extreme exposure may cause hives or burns. Keep reading to find out which oils and blends to be aware of.

Photosensitive Oils
For the safety and convenience of doTERRA customers, dōTERRA has identified and labeled the following essential oils and blends as photosensitive:
Updated 27 January 2021 to include new oils and blends, including Limited Time Only products.

Citrus Bliss®
Citrus Bloom™
Citrus Twist
DDR Prime
Easy Air®/Breathe®
Holiday Peace
Holiday Joy
Lemon Myrtle
On Guard®
Red Mandarin
Smart & Sassy® /Slim & Sassy ®
Sunny Citrus
White Grapefruit
Wild Orange
Yellow Mandarin
and Zendocrine® 

Also from the Kids Collection:
Thinker, Brave and Stronger

This said, always check the label and do your own research. 

For more information about photosensitivity and essential oils, watch this short video with Dr. Amy Wolthoff, Dermatologist.

This article was originally published on 28 November 2018, updated 27 January 2021
source: dōTERRA


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