I am often asked about using essential oils safely at home. My first response is always check the oils you are considering using- most modern essential oils should have an expiry date so check this. Essential oils are a natural product and do not contain preservatives so anything out of date should not be used on the skin as there is a risk of skin irritation.
Once you have established that the oils are in date check where you store them. Essential oils should be kept in their original dark coloured bottles.
As the temperatures plummet we do not automatically think of
reaching for essential oils to help keep warm, however there are a group of
essential oils that can be described as being ‘warming’ to the body. These oils
have a rubefacient effect on the body which means that when they are applied
topically they cause the dilation of capillaries and an increase in blood
circulation which brings heat to the area and can significantly ease aches and
Such essential oils not only bring heat to the areas applied
but they can awaken dull senses, lift the spirits, they can stimulate sluggish
circulation and digestion and many of these warming oils also have emollient
properties helping to calm and soothe dry, irritated skin that can often occur
during the colder months.