Safe Use of Essential Oils


This safety information is to serve as a guide only. We make every effort to ensure the information is accurate and up to date but Lotus Garden Botanicals™ accepts no liability in respect of any omission or error  on the safe use of essential oils and aromatherapy products. You should always satisfy yourself as to the ultimate suitability of any product.

In the unlikely event of an adverse reaction using any of our essential oil or aromatherapy products, Lotus Garden Botanicals™ accepts no liability and no liability is accepted in respect of any reputed therapeutic characteristic. Information contained on this website is for educational purposes only, may not be accurate and is not intended to prescribe, treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration). Do not use essential oils undiluted (neat) on the skin. Do not ingest any essential oil internally unless advised to do so by your physician or licensed professional healthcare provider. The information provided by this website or this company is not a substitute for an in person consultation with a health care provider, and should not be construed as individual medical advice. Prior to using a diluted essential oil for the first time a skin patch test should be performed.

1. Keep all essential oils out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard or locked carry case and then out of reach.  If a child does ingest any essential oil DO NOT induce vomiting, give them one glass of water to drink and seek immediate medical attention giving as many details as possible such as products swallowed and amount. The best thing to remember is prevention is better than cure!

2. Keep all essential oils away from pets. Most all essential oils are reputed toxic to cats. For accidental ingest or neat skin exposure seek immediate medical attention from your veterinarian.

3. Do not use essential oils undiluted (neat) on  skin. Essential oils should always be mixed with a base (carrier) oil first. As a general guideline there should be no more than 2%-2.5% essential oil mixed with a carrier oil. To help work this out 1ml of essential oil is roughly equivalent to 20 drops, 2ml = 40 drops etc. Therefore if you have a 100ml bottle of a carrier oil such as sweet almond you should mix no more than 40 drops of essential oil with it. Remember this guide is for adults, if mixing for children we always suggest you seek professional advice first! Lavender and Tea Tree are the ONLY two oils you can use undiluted on skin but always very small amounts (1-2 drops) and not on a regular basis. If adding essential oils to a bath dilute first in a small amount of full fat milk or dispersing bath oil base, if neither is available always agitate the water after adding the oil so it doesn’t settle on the surface and cause irritation.  Please see our dilution and mL equivalent charts for further information.

4. Do not let essential oils come into contact with eyes. If oil does accidentally get in eyes flush with clean water and seek medical advice.

5. Always wash hands after using essential oils, this is the most common way to transfer oils into the eyes.  Never handle contact lens without first washing hands thoroughly.

6. Do not ingest essential oils.

7. If you are PREGNANT, BREAST FEEDING, EPILEPTIC, ASTHMATIC, have a HIGH/LOW BLOOD PRESSURE or any HEART CONDITION, SENSITIVE SKIN or any other specific condition always seek professional medical advice before using essential oils or essential oil based products such as ours.

8. Some oils (especially citrus ones) have photosensitive properties and should not be used before exposure to direct sunlight or sunbed.

9. Keep undiluted essential oils away from plastic, painted or polished surfaces and never use near an open flame or source of ignition.

10. Do not use machinery or drive after relaxation therapy or use of any soporific oils such as Clary Sage.

Updated: 02 Oct 2012
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