Essential oils are popular for a reason. They're a powerful natural pharmaceutical. With great power comes great responsibility, and many online resources give worrisome advice about essential oil use.

Essential Oils are Highly Concentrated Did you know that it takes: – 256 pounds of peppermint leaf to make one pound of peppermint essential oil – 150 pounds or more of lavender flowers to make one pound of lavender essential oil – Thousands of pounds of roses to make 1 pound of rose essential oil

Essential Oils on the Skin I use essential oils in many of my beauty recipes like lotion bars and herbal face oil but in diluted amounts. The key word is “diluted.”

Photosensitivity of Certain Oils I always include a caution on my recipes that include citrus oils that they may make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

Internal Use of Essential Oils This will be a controversial point, but many essential oils are not safe for internal use and others should be used with extreme caution.

Essential Oils During Pregnancy or Nursing Essential oils can affect hormones, gut bacteria and other aspects of health and extreme care should be used when taking them while pregnant or nursing.

Oils Considered NOT Safe During Pregnancy Aniseed, Angelica, Basil, Black pepper, Camphor, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Clary Sage (often used during labor by midwives safely), clove, fennel, fir, ginger, horseradish (should not be used by anyone),

Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Mustard, Mugwart (should not be used by anyone), Myrrh, Nutmeg, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Wintergreen.