How safe are essential oils?

What are the risks?

There are risks associated with the overexposure of essential oils, but the proper use of them proves to be medically enhancing to our lives. It is always best to use the oils under the guidance of an aromatherapy practitioner. It is also wise to seek medical attention should you experience any signs or symptoms of overexposure.

The majority of the essential oils are not meant to be ingested. They are concentrated and have a lot of health benefits. You should keep in mind that there are some exceptions to this rule of thumb and it is important to know what you are putting into your body. One example, you can use chamomile in a tea to ease a stomach pain it’s also important to note that whatever you ingest goes into your body and get processed by the liver and kidneys. Too many chemicals in your body can be dangerous to your body.

tea chamomileMost of the essential oils we inhale.  When heating the oil or just putting a drop on a tissue the oil vaporizes into the air in the form of an aroma. You then inhale those aromas and they enter into our bloodstream to affect our brain and nervous system. Extended use may change the chemical in of our tissues. Chemicals are still chemicals no matter if we can see spot them or not.  What are the side effects of this inhalation?  You may feel dizzy or become light-headed.  You may even experience headaches or nausea.  If you are experiencing any symptoms like these, then get outside to get some fresh air and let your body relax. Everyone’s body reacts differently to different things. If you are taking medication, using essential oils could impact that treatment.

Essential oils that are topically applied (meaning applied directly to your skin) can create rashes like symptoms or redness. These symptoms are only temporary, but exposure to a large area of your body could be very irritating to deal with. The best test to see if your skin can handle the oil application by applying a drop of oil mixed with a tablespoon of vegetable oil to your skin. If the skin turns red or there is burning or itching, flush the area with water immediately. Beside these side effects, essential oils that are applied topically can heal many skin conditions like acne, eczema and athlete’s foot.

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It is very important that if you have any medical condition, pregnant or nursing, that you consult with a medical professional first before using essential oils

While there are some risks involved, the use of essential oils to promote health and wellness has been a growing market as people seek to find natural methods for cures. We find that the risks vary from person to person and that moderation is best practice. For medical conditions seek advice a doctor and/or aromatherapy practitioner before using the aroma oils. Make the most of what nature provides and minimize the risk by understanding what is involved and how to correctly use the product.

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