Precautions & Contraindications: What do you mean this isn't good for me??


It is important to understand the possible precautions and contraindications of the essential oil being used - but first you need to understand the difference between these two terms.

1 - Precaution: means that you must be CAUTIOUS when using an essential oil because it MAY have an adverse effect

EXAMPLES:

Peppermint MAY disrupt sleep patterns so it is best avoided at night
Black Pepper MAY cause skin irritation if used topically
Bay Laurel MAY cause skin irritation if used for a period longer than 3 weeks

2 - Contraindication: means you must AVOID using an essential oil because it WILL have adverse side effects.

EXAMPLES:

Bergamot - DO NOT go into directly sunlight after applying topically, will cause photo-sensitivity due to bergaptene content.
White Camphor - DO NOT use with epileptics or asthmatics, causes shortness of breath.


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