Comprehensive List of contraindications/safety warnings for Essential Oils

Being a researcher at heart, after being introduced to YLEOs I purchased 3 books:  The 3rd Edition of the Essential Oils Desk Reference, the 5th Edition of the Essential Oils Pocket Reference, and the 2012 Edition of Reference Guide for Essential Oils, by the Connie and Alan Higley.

While perusing the different oils that came in my first order from YL, I noticed some safety warnings about some of them.  Most were about possible contact sensitization with repeated use of some oils or not to go in the sun until you waited 12 hours or so.  Then, after some group meetings about oils, I began to look at other oils and read some different kinds of safety warnings:  some are definitely not recommended for any type of ingestion; some made up of one type of chemical property should be used sparingly and/or not ingested at all  because of possible nerve damage (Thujones-Absinthe was banned because of high thujone levels); and others should not be used by people with certain kinds of medical conditions.  

So I have decided to put together a "Comprehensive List" of these warnings.  Yes, there are tables in the books that tell of properties and uses, but no single list of warnings.  I have reviewed each individual oil for chemical properties and warnings and they appear here.  Please feel free to save this page in your own computer or print this page.  AND, please let me know if you have any additional information and I will add it here.

Please note that if you are pregnant, check to make SURE the oil is safe for you to use.  And when using any oils for  children over 6 years old, dilute them as recommended for that specific oil.  Most oils are NOT recommended for children under 6.

Sasha Friedman
WebNests.com

 

SINGLE OILS

Photosensitivity
(includes# of hours before exposure to UV frays/Sun
Sensitive Skin - dilute if necessary 
CS=repeated use may cause irritation
High Blood Pressure 
(Low designated "L")
Epilepsy Diabetes Thujones - not for ingestion Other cautions
Angelica (12)
Bergamot (72)
Cumin (12)
Balsam Fir (3-6)
Ginger (3-6)
Grapefruit (YL but
  NOT Higley)*
Lemon (12)
Lime (12)
Limette/Combava (12)
Mandarin (3-6)
Orange (12)
Anise
Balsam Fir
Bergamot CS
Cajeput (extreme)
Carroway CS
Cassia CS
Celery CS
German Chamomile
Roman Chamomile
Cinnamon Bark CS
 (Maintain distance  from infuser)
Citronella CS
Clove CS
Copiaba CS
Eucalyptus Citriodora CS
Fennel CS
Silver Fir or Fir Needle
Balsam Fir
Douglas Fir
White or Giant Fir
Geranium CS
Ginger CS
Laurel-Bay or Sweet CS
Lemon
Lemongrass

Melaleuca (tea tree) CS
 Quinquenervia CS
Oregano (extreme)
Black Pepper (extreme)
Peppermint CS
Pine CS
Tauga CS
Valerian CS
Yarrow CS
Ylang Ylang CS

Blue Tansy (L)
Hyssop
Nutmeg
Peppermint
Rosemary (all)
Sage (officinalis)
Thyme (all)
Balsam Fir
Basil

Fennel (use 
   w/caution)
Hyssop
Lavandin (use
  w/caution)
Nutmeg
Rosemary (all)
Sage (officinalis)
Tarragon
Wintergreen
Angelica Western Red Cedar

Cedar Leaf

Sage

Idaho Tansy

Coriander (use sparingly- can cause stupefying in large doses)

Clary Sage-avoid during and after consuming alcohol

Fleabane (still under study-dilute with V-6 oil)

Hyssop-contains phenocamphone and can cause toxic effects. Dilute well when unsure.

Juniper - use with caution-dilute well when ingesting

Lavandin-NOT FOR BURNS

Mountain Savory or Winter - Diluted ONLY. Can cause EXTREME skin irritation

Nutmeg - diluted only

Tamanu - AVOID OF ALLERGIC TO ANY TYPE OF NUTS

Blue Tansy - External use only and with caution

Wintergreen - check for skin allergies first


 

BLENDS

Photosensitivity
(includes# of hours before exposure to UV frays/Sun
Sensitive Skin - dilute if necessary
CS=repeated use may cause irritation
High Blood Pressure
(Low designated "L")
Epilepsy Diabetes Thujones - not for ingestion Other cautions
Citrus Fresh (12)
Clarity (12)
Dream Catcher (3-6)
GLF (3-6)
Harmony (3-6)
Inner Child (12)
Joy (12)
Longevity (3-6)
Peace & Calming (3-6)
RutaVaLa (12)
White Angelica (3-6)
Abundance CS
Australian Blue
Breathe Again
Christmas Spirit CS
Citrus Fresh (extreme)
Clarity
Egyptian Gold CS
En-R-Gee
Endoflex
Evergreen Essence
Exodus II CS
GLF
Grounding
Immupower (dilute w/V-6)
Inner Child
Juva Cleanse
JuvaFlex
Lazarus (CS)
Legacy
Longevity CS
Magnify Your Purpose
Melrose CS
Purification CS
Raven
Relieve It
RutaVaLa (MUST dilute)
Sacred Mountain
Surrender
The Gift


Envision
Harmony
Relieve It
Di-Glize
Egyptian Gold
En-R-Gee
Endoflex
Envision
Harmony
Legacy
Magnify Your
  Purpose
Mister
Relieve It
    Common Sense - consult with healthcare prof. if you are nursing, taking medication, or have a pre-existing medical condition.

Magnify your Purpose - contains nutmeg, cinnamon bark and sage. See singles above

Stress Away- consult with healthcare prof. if you are pregnant,  nursing, taking medication, or have a pre-existing medical condition