Essential oils are some of the most amazing products of our natural world - and I love being able to incorporate them into my soap and candle recipes.
The oils of aromatic plants have been used for centuries for both their smell and their medicinal applications. But just because something is natural doesn't mean it's good for you. Essential oils are powerful chemical compounds. They may smell wonderful but they need to be used (both by you, the soap and candle maker and by the people who will be using your soaps and candles,) carefully and conscientiously. All essential oils must be used with care, but here are 5 categories of essential oils that need to be used with extra care.
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Essential Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy
Some essential oils have hormone-like effects, others stimulate the uterine muscles, others are just plain toxic. My rule of thumb, especially when there is a growing baby to consider, is an emphatic "better safe than sorry."Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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There are a number of essential oils that have chemical components that, while completely natural, need to be used with caution. Some are just "photo" toxic - that is, they become toxic when exposed to the sunlight. Others are just plain toxic, and should be avoided.