Many, many, years ago I was introduced to essential oils by a friend. The possibilities with them are endless and it was so exciting!!! I signed up under him and waited patiently for my kit to arrive. When it finally got here, I ripped into it like it was Christmas morning! All the wonderful oils and diffuser, oh my! There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about any of it. We added oils to our water to drink, we applied them neat to ourselves and our children, it was staggering what I didn’t know, but it didn’t matter. They are 100% natural, how could these little bottles of beautifulness possibly hurt me or my family?!
Boy! Was I wrong! Years ago, one of my sons, I don't remember how old he was, maybe 4, anyway, he was starting to get a cold. I didn’t know the safety considerations these oils had and no one ever told me to be careful. I have never received any support from my “upline” besides a monthly email highlighting individual oils. I applied what is considered to be a hot, or spicy oil to the bottoms of his feet in the hope it would help boost his immune system. The oil blend was marketed as being excellent to keep everyone in the home healthy and came in my handy, dandy kit. The bottle label provides little safety information nor does the product page of the website. No age requirement or dilution information was provided, no warnings of it burning or causing any discomfort. And best of all, it didn’t say it should NOT be used on children.
This oil blend contains cinnamon bark, it should never be used on kids. Almost immediately I could see he was in distress as the oil was applied neat (no dilution), again, the label said nothing regarding dilution or how to apply. The application site was red and angry with a lot of pain.
I didn’t know what I didn’t know. And I have seen this happen time and time again. All of this can be avoided with proper education as well as following safety guidelines, I definitely didn’t know w