Storage of essential oils is important. Oils come in dark coloured glass bottles (amber, or blue or green) and should be stored away from sunlight and heat. This way they will conserve for a long time. I still have oils that I bought 10 years ago! I do not use them topically or internally any more, but they still provide wonderful fragrances in burners or in pot-pourri around the house. It is said that in general, old oils will loose their therapeutic benefits but they do not normally loose their fragrance. Some of them have acquired an even stronger, deeper scent.
Do not use plastic or steel to store oils. It will melt plastic and will attack metal. Stainless steel is all right though.
Essential oils are potent material as they are highly concentrated. Some can be toxic, irritating, and dangerous so it is vital that you gain knowledge on which oils you can use and how to use them.
Essential oils can be applied topically
On the skin as a rub or a massage. They must be diluted in a carrier oil. The main carrier oils we use at Australian Natural Health and Healing are cold pressed virgin coconut oil, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and cold pressed soybean oil. In certain blends, we also use cold pressed virgin wheat germ oil, neem oil and cold pressed flaxseed oil Stiiizy .
Essential oils should never be applied neat (undiluted) on the skin at the exception of True Lavender, Chamomile and some others not discussed here. Even though, great care must be taken as some animals may still have a reaction to them. As a rule and to avoid any problems, do not apply undiluted essential oils on the skin.
They should never be applied close to or in the eyes and on the genitals. Care must be taken when applying them on sensitive and delicate skin such as on an animals belly.
Essential oils can be inhaled directly from the bottle or from a cloth where a drop or two have been poured, or using a diffuser/burner. Never leave bottles of essential oils to the reach of animals. All essential oils, pure or in a blend, come in glass bottles, which can hurt your pet if broken. When using a burner/diffuser with a candle, ensure that your pet cannot reach it as the candle would set the place on fire!