Essential Oil Safety

Essential oils have been shown in studies to have few risks and are generally safe, but can be irritating or cause problems when used in the wrong ways. 

What needs to be understood about essential oils is that they are very concentrated, meaning you only need to use a very small amount to get results. 

Essential oils must be used with care and labels must be read carefully so that guidelines are always closely followed.

Its also important to use essential oils safely in the appropriate way. 

There are different methods of application that are most appropriate for each essential oil, or use so it’s important to do your research and buy high-quality oils in order to use these products safely. Essential oils may be applied on the skin (dermal/topical application), inhaled, diffused or taken internally, but it’s not always safe to use every oil in all of these ways. Some precautions are necessary, and certain oils should NOT be used topically, internally or by people with certain sensitivities.

Some oils may increase sensitivity to sunlight and cause irritation to the mucous membranes, so you should always take care and get information from someone who knows about the oils like a wellness advocate or aromatherapist.

What does a Wellness advocate do?

Wellness Advocates come from all backgrounds, countries and walks of life. 

They’re usually long term fans of doterra essential oils and passionate about health and wellness, and caring for people. A doTERRA Wellness Advocate is a person who is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils with the world.

What is an Aromatherapists role?

Aromatherapists treat a variety of physical conditions, illnesses and psychological disorders with essential oils or aromatherapy oils, they have usually trained and researched essential oils for a long time.

The typical responsibilities of a qualified aromatherapist include, undertaking patient consultations, identifying appropriate essential oils, planning and explaining treatment requirements, creating their own blends of oils, applying oils usually with a therapeutic massage, liaising with GPs and making referrals to specialists and other healthcare practitioners, providing advice about diet, exercise and lifestyle and keeping accurate confidential patient records

Should essential oils be used externally or only topically on skin?

Depending on the oil, they can be used in both topically or internally.

When applying oil to your skin, it’s usually best to dilute about 2 to 3 drops of pure oil with a carrier oil. 

Mix a small amount of the essential oil with equal parts of coconut oil and then apply to your skin over the affected area that you’re treating. Some of the best locations on the body to use essential oils include on your neck, temples, wrists, over your abdomen, chest and the soles of your feet. Essential oils should never be applied to the eyes or ear canals.

Are essential oils safe to inhale?

Yes, most essential oils are safe to inhale or diffuse.

You can diffuse about 5 drops in an oil burner of diffuser.

Inhaling certain essential oil vapours can actually help to improve recovery if you’re congested, dealing with a cold or if you have seasonal allergies.

For example, rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus oil can all help you breath more easily and manage symptoms of respiratory conditions. You can also add 10 drops of oil to boiling water, put a towel over your head and breathe in the aroma for about 5 minutes.

Are essential oils safe when used internally and ingested?

This depends on the specific oil. Certain essential oils have been approved as ingredients in food and are classified as CPTG which are mostly safe to drink, doterra oils that are unsafe to ingest have a special safety cap on them.

Is it safe to drink essential oils?

You can use very small amounts of certain essential oils in water or tea, such as wild orange essential oil lemon or ginger oil, but in general you should use precaution when taking essential oils internally and drink with plenty of water.

Are essential oils safe during pregnancy?

Pregnant women, babies, toddlers and young children are all are more sensitive to the effects of essential oils.

It’s necessary for pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid using some essential oils all together because the oils can have stimulating effects on the uterus, pose risks to the foetus, affect blood pressure, or simply because not enough research has been conducted to show that certain oils are definitely safe.

I wouldn’t recommend any oils to be used in pregnancy or on babies or children without prior advice from a wellness advocate or aromatherapist. 


Essential oils are generally safe, but can be irritating or cause problems when used in the wrong ways.

Essential oils may be applied on the skin (dermal/topical application), inhaled, diffused or taken internally, but the best application depends on the specific oil.

Certain essential oils should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with sensitive skin, infants, children or the elderly. 

Some oils may increase sensitivity to sunlight and cause irritation to the mucous membranes, so caution should be taken.

It’s possible for some essential oils to interact with medications or over-the-counter drugs. Always ask your doctor, wellness advocate or aromatherapist if you have any safety concerns regarding medication interactions.

Safety of Wild Orange Essential Oil

As with any citrus oil, Wild Orange may cause photosensitivity when exposed to sunlight within 12+ hours of use. During sunny weather, use at night, or only on unexposed skin to avoid a reaction. 

Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitisation. 

Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, we recommend only CPTG Essential Oil.

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For more on safety here is a video made by Doterra 

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