How and Where to Store Essential Oils

Essential oils should be kept in the dark-colored (usually amber or cobalt blue) glass bottles that you buy them in (see Buying Essential Oils). Store all essential oils in a cool, dry, dark place. Keeping them tucked away in a covered box or cabinet where they can be out of direct sunlight is recommended; just be certain they are stored out of reach of children and animals.

Make sure that the lids are always on tightly; cover immediately after use. Note that essential oils are flammable, so care must be taken.

As a general rule, essential oils when stored properly have a shelf life of about two years. Citrus oils, such as lime, sweet orange, grapefruit, and lemon, are exceptions as they have a shelf life of about six months. An expiration date included on the bottle, if there is one, can be your guide.

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