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Do not in­gest es­sen­tial oil. They should only be used ex­ter­nally. Though there are many peo­ple who use es­sen­tial oils by in­gest­ing them or con­sum­ing it, this should only be done by con­sult­ing a doc­tor.

Avoid us­ing es­sen­tial oils while preg­nant or nurs­ing. Ev­ery es­sen­tial oil serves a par­tic­u­lar pur­pose, so it is ad­vis­able to con­sult your der­ma­tol­o­gist es­pe­cially for preg­nant women. Cin­na­mon, clove, gin­ger, jas­mine, sage, chamomile are some of the more com­mon es­sen­tial oils that should not be used by them.

Do not ap­ply es­sen­tial oils to mu­cous mem­branes. Never use es­sen­tial oils near the eyes or put di­rectly into ears. Some oils may dam­age your con­tact lenses, so don’t touch lenses im­me­di­ately af­ter us­ing es­sen­tial oils. These oils are po­tent and can cause ir­ri­ta­tion to your eyes.

In case you have sen­si­tive skin and have a his­tory of ir­ri­tabil­ity, start by ap­ply­ing these oils dis­creetly. Make a small patch of skin and mas­sage the oil into it. Wait for 24 hours to see if the area has any itch­i­ness or ir­ri­ta­tion. This will help you safe­guard your skin just in case the oil does not suit you.

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