This is one of the things that concerns me the most with a lot of the essential oil recommendations I see online and in the market. In my opinion, essential oils should never be given internally to children or used undiluted on the skin. They should be diluted more than they are for adult application and care should be taken with any essential oils considered “hot” as they may cause damage to the skin if not properly diluted.
In general, oils like lavender, chamomile, orange, lemon and frankincense are considered safe for diluted use on children, but I would personally still do a skin test and check with a doctor first. The formula that makes up Prana+Therapy products has chosen these particular essential oils for their safe, yet active healing, soothing and regenerating properties.
The key word is “diluted.” One of the wonderful aspects of Prana+Therapy is that the formula has been diluted to a safe ratio of 1/100. 1pt essential oils to 100pt base formula. It is the synergy that delivers the benefits rather than the direct dense properties of the essential oils. This means that less of the actual oils are used to receive a safe and effective results.
Essential Oils During Pregnancy or Nursing
Essential oils can affect hormones, gut bacteria and other aspects of health and extreme care should be used when taking them internally while pregnant or nursing.
There is evidence that essential oils can cross the placenta and get to the baby. The effects of essential oils can be compounded in utero and extreme care should be taken with essential oil use during pregnancy. However the main concern is internal consumption. Again, I am not saying they should not be used during pregnancy, but that extreme care should be taken and research done first. If you are considering purchasing essential oils and making your own blends for personal use we recommend first consulting a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
I personally would not take any essential oil internally during pregnancy (or even while nursing). At these times, I stick to aromatherapy and very diluted use of approved essential oils in skin care recipes and baths. I also always re-test an oil in a diluted skin test before using it during pregnancy.
Many oils are considered safe during pregnancy, especially after the first trimester (depending on the source), but again, I’d check with a professional and use caution with any herbs used during pregnancy. Even oils that are considered safe may be harmful to certain women and there is some speculation that the actions of some oils on hormones can cause dangerous hormone imbalances during pregnancy.
Prana+Therapy is a wide spectrum use aromatherapy essential oil based product. The benefits received are delivered from synergy created by the combination individual oils that makeup the formula. Using less essential oils and diluting them to a safe and effective ratio of 1/100 1pt essential oils to100pt base formula. This allows the user to apply with confidence and well-being.