Safer Essential Oils


This is a list of safer essential oils for skin use. Please note no oil is safe for undiluted use directly on the skin. Blend your essential oils below 1% based on the EU regulations, it should not exceed 1% Blend in a vegetable oil carrier for infrequent use (once a week or less often) and below 0.5% for more frequent use. If you're pregnant, on medications, under 12, or have any sort of major health problems, ask a trained aromatherapist before you use anything. Don't take essential oils internally - you cannot be certain where they have been.


Bergamot, FCF grade only (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot Mint (Mentha citrata)
Cedarwood, Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
Chamomile, Roman (Anthemus nobilis) *
Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutica) *
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) - can cause drowsiness; alcohol may increase the effect *
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) - fresh oils only
Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
Frankincense, Olibanum (Boswellia spp.)
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) *
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) - fresh oils only
Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium)
Jasmine absolute (Jasminum sambac, J. officinale) *
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) *
Lime, steam distilled (Citrus aurantifolia) - fresh oils only *
Marjoram, Sweet (Origanum marjorana) - be sure to get this exact species
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata var. mandarin) - fresh oils only
Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii var. martinii) *
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) - diluted to 1% or below
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosewood (Aniba roseodora) - safe oil but endangered tree
Sandalwood (Santalum album) *
Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) - fresh oils only *
Vetiver (Vetivera zizanioides)
Ylang ylang (Canaga odorata var. genuina)

* occasional allergic reactions have been reported