Essential Oil Safety - The Oily Story
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Most essential oils are generally regarded as safe for use in most situations, but some oils are more potent than others and can cause irritation, not all oils should be used in every situations in every place. That is why it is important to follow the usage recommendations on the product labels.


Dilute with a carrier oil; using a carrier oil will not lessen the effect of the essential oil but will ensure that any oils applied topically will not irritate the skin.

Essential Oil Dilution Guideline for adults

Bottle Size






1 drop





2 drops





3 drops





4 drops





5 drops




Essential Oil Dilution Rates for Babies and Children

0-1  yr of age: 1-2 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon (15ml) of carrier oil

1-5 yrs of age: 2-3 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon (5ml) of carrier oil

The number of drops represents the total number of ALL oils combined for your blend. These dilution rates are not safe for all essential oils in all situations. A drop is not a precise measurement, drop size varies based on the viscosity of the oil and dropper type. 

Do not apply essential oils to sensitive areas; eyes, ears and mucous membranes.

Never use water; if you experience irritation on your skin or get essential oils in your eyes, dilute the area or flush your eyes with a safe carrier oil until irritation subsides.

Carrier Oils

What Type of Oil To Use & for What Skin Type

Normal Skin:  Hempseed, Coconut, Grapeseed, Sunflower & Sweet Almond

Oily Skin:  Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Jojoba & Sunflower

Dry Skin:   Avocado, Sweet Almond, Rosehips, Olive Oil & Cocoa Butter

Sensitive Skin:   Jojoba, Sesame Seed, Sweet Almond & Apricot Kernel

Mature Skin:  Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sesame Seed, Rosehips, Almond & Apricot Seed


Liquid Oil:   Olive, Canola, Grapeseed, Safflower, Argan, Jojoba, Apricot, V6, Avocado, Sweet Almond

Soft Oil:    Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Mango Butter, Babassu Oil

Brittle Oil:  Cocoa Butter, Kokum Butter, Illipe Butter


Quickly Absorbed:  Safflower, Hazelnut, Grapeseed, Apricot Kernel, Canola, Camellia Seed, Rosehip

Normally Absorbed:  Jojoba, Coconut, Argan, Olive, V6, Sunflower, Hemp Seed

Slowly Absorbed:   Avocado, Castor, Flax Seed, Evening Primrose, Oat, Macadamia Nut, Sweet Almond

Comedogenic Ratings – 0 rating means it will not clog your pores and a rating of 4 means it is likely to clog your pores.

Rating of 0: Hemp Seed Oil, Safflower Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil

Rating of 1: Castor oil

Rating of 2: Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel, Avocado Oil, Evening Primrose, Grapeseed Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil

Rating of 3: Coconut oil

Rating of 4: Cocoa Butter, Coconut Butter

* These carrier oils are the most commonly used to dilute essential oils.


Essential Oils to be Avoided/Used with Caution

It is important that you are using the best quality essential oils that are 100% pure therapeutic grade. Know where your oils come from and that there are no chemicals or synthetics fillers.


Seizures:   These essential oils should be avoided (topically and inhalation) by anyone who experiences seizures.

  • Rosemary
  • Fennel
  • Sage
  • Hyssop
  • Spiked Lavender (Lavender latifolia)
  • Wormwood


Pregnancy:   Essential oils that are recommended in aromatherapy guides as oils to be avoided during pregnancy.

  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Calamus
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Hyssop
  • Idaho tansy
  • Lavandin (do not confuse with lavender)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Wintergreen


Babies:   Essential oils that should be avoided with babies from one day old to two years.

  • Eucalyptus
  • Basil
  • Juniper
  • Peppermint
  • Hyssop
  • Wintergreen


Peppermint and Eucalyptus are very strong smelling and may in some cases, although very rare, may cause respiratory distress.


Blood Thinners: Below is a list of essential oils that can/may inhibt the effect of some blood thinner medications.

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Lavandin (do not confuse with Lavender)
  • Marjoram
  • Myrtle
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Sweet Birch
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen


*if using any of the oils listed above, be aware of the signs and symptoms of bleeding*


Disclaimer: The information provided by The Oily Story is for personal information and interest. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, treat or cure any disorders. We recommend consulting a medical professional for any health concerns you may have.