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A common question for users who are not familiar with essential oils is whether they may be allergic to them. In many cases, this question can limit you from trying these products and discovering their excellent advantages.
It is normal that not knowing about the use and benefits of these products, we can feel fear, especially for not knowing if they produce allergies to essential oils. That is why it is essential to get informed before using them properly.
For this reason, our information is intended to answer questions about whether essential oils can cause allergies. Read on and find out more about this important aspect.
Essential oils and Allergies
Young Living’s essential oils have become a great complement to different aspects of daily life. Improving people’s health, wellness, and quality of life has become much easier and safer through the use of our products.
Their herbal preparation, as well as encouraging the use of toxic-free, chemical-free, all-natural items, minimizes the risk of adverse reactions. However, it is important to consider the use of essential oils to avoid this scenario.
There are essential oils intended for human consumption, others exclusively for diffusion, some to be used as topicals. It is essential to know what each essential oil provides, so that any reaction can be avoided to a greater extent.
I am Allergic to Essential Oils
Although there is little chance of allergy to essential oils, it is possible that a person with a history of skin sensitivity problems may experience some type of reaction.
This is especially true if the oils are used improperly. That’s why we stress the importance of knowing how to take advantage of each Young Living oil. Some of our products are highly concentrated, such as eucalyptus, cinnamon, and peppermint oils.
Therefore, it is sometimes recommended that they be diluted in a carrier oil to lower their concentration and increase the yield of the oil. Furthermore, in case of topical use, it is essential to know the indications before using an essential oil and thus also prevent any type of allergy or reaction.
Symptoms of Allergic Reactions To Essential Oils
It is important to identify if using any of the essential oils causes an allergic reaction. To do this, knowing the symptoms is a good start. If you experiment:
– Reddening of the skin
– Itching or burning
– Constant sneezing (In case of diffusion)
The essential oil may not have been used in the right way, or your skin may not tolerate the natural components with which it was made. If you experience any of these signs of essential oil allergies, we recommend that you suspend use for one day to determine if this was the trigger for the reaction.
How to tell if you are allergic to essential oils
Before using any essential oil in a topical or diffused way, it is advisable to know if it is tolerable. That is to say, if its use will not produce any type of allergy. A practical and simple way to do this is:
– Place a drop of the essential oil in your hand
– Rub gently on your elbow
– Let it work for 1 full day
Once this period has elapsed, if no symptoms are observed, it is because the skin is completely tolerant to the use of the oil.
In the case of citrus essential oils, such as lemon, grapefruit, orange or citrus fresh, it is essential to avoid contact with the sun after use, as they are photosensitive. Exposing the skin to the sun after using these oils may cause an allergic reaction.
In addition to the recommendations given above, we would like to provide some advice that will help reduce the risk of reactions to essential oils:
– Always remember hygiene as an essential element before using essential oils. Keep the space where you use the oils clean and always wash your hands before and after starting to apply or diffuse them.
– Avoid contact with sensitive areas such as eyes or mucous membranes.
– Know how to use each essential oil before starting to use or diffuse it.
– In case of oils with a high degree of concentration, dilute them in a carrier oil to reduce their aroma or flavour and use them properly.
We want to make sure that we provide well-being at all times. To do so, we provide a margin of safety when using Young Living essential oils. Information, learning, and guidance are our primary resources to help you learn and reap the benefits of our products in a risk-free environment.
To learn more about essential oils, visit our essential oil uses and benefits page with over 100 different ways you can use essential oils to maintain a healthy lifestyle.