Essential oils safety guidelines

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
We just want to re-iterate what has been in the media recently regarding the safe use of essential oils. We are glad people are finally starting to understand the potency of essential oils. But with potency, as we have always said, comes responsibility to use them safely!

Safety points for Dolphin Clinic essential oils

  • Ingesting oils
    Never ingest essential oils.
  • Using oils topically
    Never use essential oils un-diluted on your skin except for pure lavender, chamomile, NZ manuka, and tea tree oils. All other essential oils should simply be blended in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. The dilution rate is usually five drops of essential oil blended into 10mls of carrier oil (carrier oils such as almond, apricot, avocado, jojoba, etc.).
  • Oils and infants
    Never use essential oils topically on babies under three months old (except under the guidance of a qualified therapist). Always use in a more diluted form than the recommended adult dilution. As a general rule dilute the essential oils two drops per 10mls carrier oil. Alternatively use the Dolphin Clinic Luxury Baby Massage Oil, which combines a blend of safe essential and carrier oils, which are effective in treating most childhood ailments when applied in the correct dilution. Avoid continual repetitive use – do not use for more than four to five days in any week, unless in severe circumstances or under guidance of a healthcare professional.
  • Pregnancy
    There are numerous oils and Dolphin Clinic products that help with the many and varied stages and ailments that can occur during pregnancy. However, avoid the following essential oils for the entire pregnancy: aniseed, basil, bay laurel, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, clove bud, coriander, cypress, fennel, geranium, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, nutmeg, peppermint, rosemary, sage and thyme. Avoid the following essential oils during the first trimester: chamomile, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, lemongrass, pepper – black, pine and rose. You can use any carrier or healing oil safely throughout the entire pregnancy.
  • Epilepsy and high blood pressure
    Avoid the following essential oils: fennel, rosemary, sage and thyme
  • Photosensitivity
    Some essential oils are mildly photosensitising and should be avoided prior to sunbathing, using sun beds or high exposure to sun light: bergamot, orange, lemon and lime.
  • Frequency of use
    Do not use 24/7: We recommend essential oils are only used topically 5 days a week. Use in a vaporiser/diffuser is OK 7 days a week.

Aromatherapy can enhance so many aspects of your daily life and help you cope with so many common mental and/or physical conditions. Once you start using aromatherapy products you will realise their uses are almost unlimited – from winter ills and chills to pet care and household cleaning. From headlice and stress relief to romantic massages!

As a safe way to use and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, try Dolphin Clinic's new diffusers and trusted electric vaporisers as a safe and effective way to enjoy the therapeutic and aromatic benefits of pure essential oils!


Always use the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Dolphin Clinic, Tauranga.


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