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Essentialoilsarehighlyconcentratedchemicalcompoundsandthereforeneedtobehandledwithcareandrespect.Just
EssentialOilHealth,Safety&
Storage
EssentialOil
Contraindications

becausetheyarenaturalsolutionsdoesnotmeanthattheyaresafetouseandnontoxicornonsensitising.Theyaremadeup
ofchemicalconstituentsthatcarrytherapeuticpropertieswhichareindicatedinsomecasesbutcontraindicatedin
others.Beforeusinganessentialoilyoujustneedchecktothesafetydatatoensureyoucanuseit.
Inadditiontothis,Iwouldalwaysadvisethatyoudoapatchtestbeforeusinganessentialoilthatisnewtoyouandfor
informationonhowtodothis,pleaseseetheendofthispage.
Thefollowingisareallygood,simpleandeffectiveguidetothemajoressentialoilsandtheirindividualcontraindications.This
isnotacomprehensivelistbutaguidelineonly.YoucanalsodownloadthisasaPDFhere:EssentialOil
Contraindications(pdf)
EssentialOil

Contraindications

Basil(Ocimumbasilicum)

Mayirritatesensitiveskin.Avoidduringpregnancy.

Benzoin(Styraxbenzoin)

Maycausesomeskinsensitivity.Bestnotusedonchildren
under4yearsold.

Bergamot(Citrusbergamia)

Phototoxicavoidexposuretodirectsunlightfor12hours
afteruse.

BlackPepper(Pipernigrum)
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Useinlowdilution.Strongandirritantinhighdoses.
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Cajeput(Melaleucaleucadendron)

Cancauseskinirritationsobesttouseinlowdilutionsonly.

Cardomon(ElettariaCardamomum)

Useinverylowdilutions.Willirritatesensitiveskinandcan
causeallergicreactions.

Cedarwood(Cedrusatlantica)

Donotuseduringpregnancy

ChamomileGerman(Matricariarecutica/chamomilla)

RomanChamomileshouldbeusedforsensitiveskin.Strong
sobestusedinlowdilutions.Cancausedermatitisinsome
people.*Alwayspatchtestfirst.

ChamomileRoman(Chamaemelumnobile/Anthemis

Avoidduring1sttrimesterofpregnancy.*Useinlowdilution.

noblis)

*Patchtestfirst.

Cinnamon(cinnamomumzeylanicum)

Avoidduringpregnancyandepilepsy.Donotuseduringor
inconjunctionwithchemotherapy.Skinirritantuseinlow
dilutionsCinnamonBarkisanirritantdonotapplythisto
theskin.Inhalationonly.

ClarySage(Salviasclarea)

Avoidduringpregnancy.Avoiddrinkingalcoholanddonot
driveafterusingthis.Strongsedative!

CloveBud(Syzgiumaromaticum)

Verypotentoil,useinlowdilutionandwithcaution.Clove
budissafetousebutnotCloveLeaforCloveStemOils.

Cypress(Cupressussempervirens)
Eucalyptus(Eucalyptusglobulus)

Avoidduringpregnancy
Avoidifepilepticorhighbloodpressure.Mayantidote
homeopathicremedies.Donotuseonchildrenunder2years
old.

Fennel(Foeniculumvulgare)

Avoidduringpregnancyandinepilepsy.Cancauseskin
irritation.

Frankincense(Bosweliacaterii)

Bestavoidedduring1sttrimesterofpregnancy

Geranium(Pelargoniumgraveolens)

Avoidduring1sttrimesterofpregnancyanduseindilutions
thereafter.Mayirritatesensitiveskin.

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Ginger(Zingiberofficinalis)

Couldirritatesensitiveskin.

Grapefruit(Citrusparadisi)

Mayirritatesensitiveskin.

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Jasmine(Jasminumofficinale/grandiflorum)

Donotuseinpregnancyuntilbirthingprocesshasstarted.
Useinlowdilutionsverypowerfularoma.

Juniper(Juniperuscommunis)

Avoidduringpregnancyandifsufferingfromakidney
infection/disease

Lavender(Lavendulaangustifolia)

Noknowncontraindications.

Lemon(Citruslimonum)

Phototoxicdonotexposeskintodirectsunlightfor12
hoursafteruse.Canirritatesensitiveskin.Donotuseduring
the1sttrimesterofpregnancy.Cautionthereafterand
certainlylowdilutionsonly.

Lemongrass(Cymbopogoncitratus/Cymbopogon

Couldirritatesensitiveskin.

flexuosus)
Lime(Citrusaurantifolia)

Phototoxicavoidexposuretodirectsunlightfor12hours
afteruse.

Mandarin(Citrusmadurensis)

Phototoxicavoidexposuretodirectsunlightfor12hours
afteruse.

Marjoram(Origanummarjorana)

Donotuseduringpregnancy.

Melissa(Melissaofficinalis)

Avoidduringpregnancyandduringbreastfeedingperiod.
Avoidonchildrenunder2yearsold.Useinlowdilutiononly.

Myrrh(Commiphoramyrrha)

Donotuseduringpregnancy.

Neroli

Avoidusingonchildrenunder2yearsold.Verypotentand
stronglowdilutionsonly.

Niaouli(Melaleucaviridiflora)

Noknowncontraindications.

Orange(Sweet)Citrussinensis

Phototoxicavoidexposuretodirectsunlightfor12hours
afterusing.

Palmarosa(Cymbopogonmartini)

Noknowncontraindications.

Patchouli(Pogostemonpatchouli)

Noknowncontraindications.Smellmightbeabitmuchfor
somepeople.

Peppermint(Menthapiperita)

Lowdilutionsinpregnancy.Nottobeusedonchildrenunder
2yearsold.Avoidifepilepticorwithanyheartdisease.Can

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irritatesensitiveskin.
Petitgrain(Citrusaurantiumbigaradia)

Noknowncontraindications.

Rose(Rosacentifolia/damascena)

Avoidduringpregnancy.

Rosemary(Rosmarinusofficinalis)

Avoidduringpregnancy.Donotuseifepilepticorwithhigh
bloodpressure.

Sandalwood(SantalumAlbum)

Noknowncontraindications.Cautionwithpeoplewhosuffer
fromallergiesthoughlowdilutioninthesecases.

ScotchPine(Pinussylvestris)

Donotuseinpregnancy.Verypotentsouseinlowdilutions.
Mayirritatesensitiveskin.

Tangerine(Citrusreticulata)

Phototoxicavoidexposuretodirectsunlightfor12hours
afterusing.

TeaTree(Melaleucaalternifolia)

Noknowncontraindicationsbutmayirritatesensitiveskin.

Thyme(Thymusvulgaris)

Reallystrongandbestusedinlowdilutions.Avoidduring
pregnancy.Donotuseifhighbloodpressure.Maycause
skinirritation.

Violet(Violaodorata)

Noknowncontraindications.

YlangYlang(Canangonodorata)

Potentandpungentaromawhichmaycauseheadaches.
Useinlowdilutions.

*Apatchtestshouldalwaysbedonewhenyouareusinganessentialoilthatyouhavenotusedbeforetoensureitissafefor
youtouse.Pleaseseepatchtestinstructionsasfollows
PatchTest
Prepareadilutionofonedropofessentialoilinateaspoonofcarrier/vegetableoil,applytoinnerforearm,andcoverwitha
waterproofplasterfor24hours.Ifthereisnotreaction,thenyoushouldbefinetousetheoilfollowingthesafetyadvice.Fora
morepreciseanswerthough,repeattwicemore.Ifsensitisationoccurs,discontinueimmediately,avoiduseinthefuture.
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