Part 7: Sensitivity Reactions

Treating a Sensitivity Reaction


Should a sensitivity reaction occur, steps can be taken to minimize the reaction and prevent any further damage. If a reaction is severe or prolonged, seek immediate medical attention from a trained professional.

If a reaction occurs from inhaling a diffused essential oil, immediately turn off the diffuser and remove yourself from the area of diffusion. If leaving the area is not possible, increase air circulation in the area by opening a window or air vent. Seek medical attention if the sensitivity is severe or prolonged, or breathing becomes difficult.

If the reaction occurs on the skin, discontinue use immediately. The irritated area can be soothed with a vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil. Gently wipe the area with a soft cloth to draw out and remove as much essential oil as possible. Then alternate between adding coconut oil and gently wiping the area. The skin will need time to calm down, which may take hours, days, or weeks, depending on the severity of your body’s sensitivity response and the amount of oil used. Seek immediate medical attention if the sensitivity reaction is severe or worsens over time.

If the reaction occurs in the eye, immediately rinse the eye with vegetable oil such as fractionated coconut oil. If no vegetable oil is available, fat-containing milk (not skim milk) is a great alternative. Because essential oils are not water soluble, water will not be as effective at removing the essential oil as a lipid containing substance. The eye should be flushed multiple times until irritation ceases. Then seek medical attention from a trained professional to ensure no long-term damage occurred.

If a reaction occurs in the digestive system, immediately discontinue use. If a large amount of oil was consumed, contact poison control immediately. If only a small amount was consumed, drink plenty of fluids, preferably milk or another fat containing drink, to minimize the upset. Seek medical attention if the reaction is severe or prolonged.

 

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