There are number of different classes of compounds in essential oils. They can be divided into two groups called hydrocarbons and oxygenated compounds. They can be further broken down into their chemical constituents: terpenes (monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and diterpenes), esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides. But there’s really no need to worry about those scientific terms.
All you need to know is that the active chemical constituents found in essential oils are powerful – so powerful that they can cause some very serious health problems if not used correctly including: neuro-toxicity, mucolytic irritation, convulsions, headaches, skin burning & discoloration, dermal sensitivity, danger to pets, infants and pregnant women, preexisting condition aggravation, illness or even death when swallowed (for particular oils). This is why it is so important to use caution when handling and applying the oils.
Specifically, there are compounds found in essential oils that are toxic when ingested: boldo, calamus, camphor, cassia, horseradish, mugwort, mustard, pennyroyal, rue, sassafras, savin, tansy, thuja, wintergreen, wormseed, and wormwood. These oils can be potentially very harmful if ingested or used improperly.
|Drops of EO for 1 tsp of carrier oil||1||2||3||5||10||25|
|Drops of EO for 2 tsp of carrier oil||2||4||6||10||20||50|
|Drops of EO for 3 tsp of carrier oil||3||6||9||15||30||75|
|Drops of EO for 4 tsp of carrier oil||4||8||12||20||40||100|
|Drops of EO for 5 tsp of carrier oil||5||10||15||25||50||125|
|Drops of EO for 6 tsp of carrier oil||6||12||18||30||60||150|
While the use of essential oils is considered 100% safe, the compounds found within the plant essences are very concentrated and powerful. If ever you or a loved one ingests an oil, please do not hesitate to contact Poison Control.
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