Although essential oils are natural extracts derived from plants, they are highly concentrated and in many cases have a medicinal effect on one or more of the body’s systems.
Consequently, there are a number of contraindications for essential oils.
Phototoxic essential oils
Some essential oils are phototoxic and can increase sunburn when applied to the skin before sun exposure:
Bergamot, Cumin, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime (cold-pressed), Orange (Bitter)
If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid using the following essential oils topically:
Aniseed, Basil, Citronella, Fennel, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary
If you are pregnant, we advise you to consult a qualified Aromatherapist and advise your Medical Practitioner before using essential oils topically, especially during the first trimester.
The following essential oils are generally considered safe for use during pregnancy:
Lavender, Neroli, Geranium, German Chamomile, Roman Camomile and Mandarin.
Avoid the following essential oils throughout pregnancy:
Basil, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme
If you suffer from any of the following medical conditions, or any other serious medical condition, we suggest you consult a qualified Aromatherapist, and advise your Medical Practitioner before using essential oils topically:
To locate a Registered Aromatherapist in your area, visit the IAMMA website (International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association)