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Aromatherapy Chapter IV by Deborah Dolen Safety Issues


AROMATHERAPY - Chapter IV Safety Issues of Essential Oils by Deborah Dolen 

Excerpt How to Make Perfume and Aromatherapy Basics Copyright © Deborah Dolen 2011 This e-book is available in full version on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. By Deborah Dolen Mabel White

Safety Issues of Essential Oils

The best course of action is always prevention. Meaning, do not allow essential oils in the hands of inexperienced people. Keep your essential oils out of reach of minors. Some smell so good, there have been reports of minors determining it smelled good enough to drink. Orange essential oil would be a good example.

Transference is not hard. For example, you could get a micro amount of Cinnamon on your hands and not realize it until you rub your eye. If you live to talk about it, chances are you will never forget that experience. If you get the caustic type essential oils on your skin, all you really can do is rinse, rinse, rinse with cool water, or saline solution if it's in your eyes, and follow with milk. For this reason, most people working with essential oils keep an open bottle of saline within reach. This is because it is awfully hard to get a seal off when you are in pain and busy trying to see. Rinsing should continue for a good fifteen minutes.

Here is another great example. One night my babysitter decided to get into my lab and make bath salts with Lemon grass essential oil for her boyfriend. She made him bath salts. She never told me. I found out when I got a panicked phone call that her boyfriend felt like his body was burning off-with emphasis on some "parts." The liability could have been incredible, even though she basically stole the ingredients. I had a duty to keep them locked up since there was no warning on them.

Another prime example is 'complacency', the root of all evil. Getting carried away is easy to do, if you are used to throwing a liberal amount of Lavender or Rosemary essential oil in the bath. Grabbing the wrong bottle to use in my bath--I have done this at least THREE times in my life. In all cases I was exhausted and blindly grabbing from where the Lavender “should” have been. The color of the bottles were the same. I cannot begin to describe the agony of putting straight Fennel essential oil, by mistake, in the tub. Another time straight Lemon grass essential oil and I actually made the Fennel mistake twice. Flushing for over ten minutes with water was all I could do, although I did wobble off to make a baking soda paste in hopes to balance the PH. I cannot say the baking soda helped--but it kept me distracted. I still walked funny for a few days--it burned my thighs and any area submersed in the water, so they did burn me. Pay attention and do not get complacent or carried away with essential oils. Know what you are working with--usually very potent stuff, and they are all very different. Just because Lavender is 'user friendly' does not mean they all are. ~Revised by Deborah Dolen Group 7.18.2008 via Wiki.

Excerpt How to Make Perfume and Aromatherapy Basics Copyright © Deborah Dolen 2011 This e-book is available in full version on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook. By Deborah Dolen Mabel White



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Deborah Dolen is the Editor in Chief for Mabel White DIY and author of over 25 DIY books, 1,000 articles and several TV "how to" Films.  Deborah Dolen is also an environmental writer and has her own content syndication.  Deborah Dolen was widowed when she was on her 30's and went on to raise three great daughters in FL up against many obstacles.  This is the time period she generated her most fascinating DIY books.

Deborah Dolen was born in a Catholic Infant Home on Niagara Falls, the U.S. side.  It was known as Our Lady of Victory.  Deborah grew up in the Adirondack mountains in Upstate New York although moved around a lot and always in transition.  Her teenage years were more stable and thoroughbred race horses were her passion. She skipped school a lot in the 70's to walk and groom the likes of Man o' War and Secretariat.  When she was not grooming horses in Saratoga she was hitting the ski slopes of Killington in Vermont, Pikes Peak, or Gore Mountain to name a few.  To this day K-2's are her favorite skis and Head are her favorite bindings.

In her 20's  Deborah Dolen built some 520 legal clinics for the poor from the ground up and ran for 17 years.  People simply needed affordable legal access and that still has not changed much.  Having grown up poor and discriminated against-even disallowed to play with certain toys...Deborah had never been a quiet type and bucked many regimes as an adult.  In the 80's she felt almost all legal fees were oppressive to the majority for no reason and feels they still are.  Her organization helped well over 100,000 people.  Many of those were able to teach other people in turn.  As with health care, Canada does not charge its citizens for most common family law issues and Deborah feels family issues, including financial ones, should not be a feeding frenzy in the states as it still certainly is. No one should profit of the demise of another person.

Fast forward a few decades and Deborah Dolen is very much into flying and canine rescue as well as DIY projects she writes about and films from her Florida home.  Although her passions have always been with horse racing she is very into auto racing, focus and performance in Daytona and Charlotte, NC.  Deborah presently writes about environmental topics beyond DIY subjects that will always fascinate her.  Her dog Ringo, adopted from Katrina, is usually by her side.

You can join Deborah Dolen her on twitter facebook or check out her home page for RSS syndication.    See demos of her work on YouTube here and Amazon here.  Mabel White