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Essential Oil Health Warning and Poison Information

Health Warning and Poison Information 

Never ingest essential oils!

It is recommended not to use essential oils on or around  children under the age of 2yrs.

Always keep essential oils in a cool well ventilated place out of reach of children and pets.

When using essential oils topically on the skin always diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil.

We also recommend consulting a qualified medical or aromatherapy professional before using Essential Oils.


There have been claims made by companies producing essential oil products and their distributors that essential oils are ‘natural’ and therefore are ‘safe to consume’.

Essential oils are not safe to consume and can cause significant poisoning even if small amounts are ingested.

The Western Australian Poisons Information Centre (WAPIC) has recorded an increase in poisonings as a result of essential oil ingestions in children. It is therefore important that essential oils are stored securely in a child-resistant container and kept out of reach of children.

The use of undiluted essential oils on sensitive skin or in the nostrils can irritate or burn. Susceptible people may also develop an allergic reaction and a skin rash.

NSW Poison Information Centre

The NSW Poisons Information Centre provides the latest poisons information to the public,
and toxicology advice to health professionals on the management of poisoned and envenomed patients.
Telephone advice is available 24/7 on 131126 from anywhere in Australia.

Further research:

Queensland Health 

Royal Children’s Hospital- Essential Oil Poisoning

Department of Health- Therapeutic Goods Administration