Contra-indications of essential oils and factors which may interfere with the effectiveness of treatment
- Varicose Veins, Blood clots (DVT) – no massage over area, can massage above area towards the heart.
- Heart Condition – no stimulating oils to be used in large quantities (rosemary). If condition severe – no massage.
- Post operative patient – get medical advice first
- Medications – if unsure, check with Dr or pharmacist for any contra-indications.
- Intoxication (alcohol or drugs) – not to use oils or massage during this time.
- Infected or open wounds – no direct massage over site, can use latex gloves.
- Contagious conditions – (hepatitis, rash, tinea) – use gloves.
- Pain – local sharp, dull, achy, deep, surface. Question first, if unsure, don’t massage the area.
- Inflamed or torn tissue – no direct massage over the area
- Cancer (lumps/tissue changes) – no massage over the area
- Oedema (fluid retention) – gentle flushing movements only, towards the heart or the closest lymph nodes.
- Bleeding or bruising – avoid massage over the area.
- Allergic reactions – test patch for skin sensitivity or avoid use of oil that causes the allergy (if known). Test patches can be performed on the inner thigh or inner arm – wait 10 mins.
- Broken bones – no direct massage
- Any condition or problem that you are absolutely not 100% sure of – if in doubt, ask your Doctor.
If any oils get into the eye/s, flush with running water for 10 minutes. If a client has a skin reaction to an oil or blend, wash off with soap and water immediately. If any irritation persists, obtain medical advice.