Essential Oils Contraindications for Pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

The List below, provides only a few essential oils contraindications for pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. However, the list below is no substitute for

  • consulting With your doctor
  • studing essential oil reference material
  • using common sense!

Here's the list of Essential Oils Contraindications that I have drawn up, based on research my doctor and I have done.

Adulterated Oils - Be especially careful with cajeput (Melaleuca leucadendro), lavandin, lavender, and pine.

Anti-coagulant Medications - The essential oils of clove, ginger, and wintergreen may enhance the effects of Warfarin, aspirin, etc.

Blood Pressure, High - Avoid rosemary and sage essential oils.

Blood Pressure, Low - Use ylang ylang sparingly.

Burns - Avoid using lavandin. Instead use lavender. Caution: True lavender is often extended with a hybrid lavender or with synthetic linalol and linalyl acetate. You do not want this on burns!

Children - Do not use peppermint essential oil on any child under the age of 18 months. Do not use rosemary essential oil on any child under the age of 4 years.

Epilepsy - Do not use the essential oils of basil, fennel, hyssop, sage, tarragon, or wintergreen.

Inhaling Directly from Bottle or Diffuser - Doing this with cassia, thyme, or oregano may irritate the nasal membranes.

Peppermint - Avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes, sensitive skin, or fresh wounds or burns.

Pregnancy - Avoid Idaho tansy. Consult with your physician before using copaiba or palo santo.

Skin, Applying Neat - Cumin should be diluted first. Oregano and thyme should be avoided. (But see my comments below.)

Sunlight or UV Exposure - Avoid applying certain essential oils to skin that will be exposed to sunlight or UV light within 12 hours (cumin), 24 hours (grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, orange), 36 hours (bergamont), or 48 hours (lime).

My Comments About Oregano and Thyme
Take caution in applying oregano and thyme directly on the skin, there are two very important exceptions.

1. In Raindrop Technique, both oregano and thyme are to be applied neat to the feet and to the spine. Sometimes in Raindrop Technique, these two oils can become hot to the skin around the spine, but this is quickly remedied by applying V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to the area.

2. Many essential oil users apply oregano and thyme oils to the soles of the feet. I have never known of anyone having a difficulty with applying oregano and thyme oils to the soles of the feet. The constituents of these two oils have such powerful anti-viral qualities that they're in the first aid kit of most serious oil users.

I encourage you to study and learn about essential oils contraindications, and to use only pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Consult With Your Doctor about Essential Oils Contraindications
Even with this high quality, it is smart to consult with your doctor. When you do this, you will want to have your reference material in hand, because if you live in the United States, it is likely that your doctor lacks knowledge about the medicinal benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils. It's also likely that he will not be interested in learning about this topic, in which case you may end up doing what most of us do - educating yourself and then listening to your inner guidance.

If you are so lucky as to have a doctor who uses essential oils in her practice, consider yourself quite fortunate!

Questions?
I am not a medical doctor, but have been studying essential oils for a number of years now, so if you have questions, I invite you to contact me about essential oils contraindications. I will try to respond to your request as promptly as possible.

Here's to your health!