Contraindications of Essential Oils

I’m currently enjoying reading the new book of my friend Jane Lawson, The Natural Approach to Essential Oils. Jane has included a really simple, user-friendly list of contraindications for using essential oils and I wanted to share these. The below has been reproduced by the kind permission of the author, Jane Lawson.

Here is a list of questions and after each is a list of oils. If you answer yes to the question, you should not use the oils listed pertaining to that question.

  • Are you pregnant, or intending to get pregnant or breast feeding?

Please do not use: Angelica, Basil, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary-Sage, Cypress, Dill, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Galangal, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Yarrow.

  • Have you got cancer, or still in remission from cancer?

Please do not use: Angelica, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Rose.

  • Do you suffer from epilepsy, petit mal, grand mal or convulsions?

Please do not use: Eucalyptus, Fennel, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Yarrow.

  • Do you have stomach ulcers?

Please do not use: Cardamom or Ginger.

  • Do you have Haemophilia, or taking blood-thinning drugs such as Warffarin?

Please do not use: Fennel, Geranium or Immortelle

  • Do you have Hypertension (high blood pressure)?

Please do not use: Angelica, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.

  • Do you have Hypotension (low blood pressure)?

Please do not use: Clary-Sage, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melissa, Tagetes, Ylang-Ylang.

  • Are you taking Iron or iodine supplements?

Please do not use: Clary-Sage, Lavender.

  • Do you have any kind of kidney problems?

Please do not use: Angelica, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Galbanum, Geranium, Guaiacwood, Juniper, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Yarrow.

  • Do you have Diabetes?

Please do not use: Angelica, Eucalyptus, Lemon.

  • Do you have Endometriosis?

Please do not use: Fennel.

  • Do you have a Thyroid imbalance?

Please do not use: Marjoram (underactive), Thyme (overactive)

  • Do you have Glaucoma?

Please do not use: Melissa

  • Have you been diagnosed as Clinically Depressed?

Please do not use: Sandalwood

  • Are you taking any homeopathic remedies?

Please do not use: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint.

  • Are you taking statins, medication for malaria, lupus or Sjogren’s Syndrome?

Please do not use: Grapefruit.

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