Essential Oil Safety and Cautions Article
“Warnings dōTERRA & Young Living Won’t Tell You” (written by a certified and registered Aromatherapist)
What essential oil safety concerns are there?
I’ve been hearing so many people (both in healthcare and not in healthcare) expressing a love and interest in essential oil. I’m with them all the way! However, being in the circles I am, I also get to hear the other side of the issue: Essential oil safety concerns. A lot of folks have been playing around with essential oils without any proper training, and often from folks who are not certified themselves. It can be hard for folks to imagine, what could possibly go wrong? “They’re natural!”
- ‘Exotic’ oils
- Smelling good v. safe to use
- Protective gear
- Healing claims
- Botanical names
What are the adverse effects?
The Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy Injury Report, October 2015 lists 133 reported cases of adverse effects from essential oils, 77 of which were from applying undiluted essential oil to the skin. Reactions run from your basic rash to everything to more severe concerns such as difficulty breathing, seizure, and one case of heart attack.
Does that mean I should avoid essential oils?
No. It’s simply a reminder that essential oils are potent medicine to be used wisely, just like herbal medicine. Before playing around, please consider consulting with a certified aromatherapist (who likely has had 200 hours of training on the subject). You can search sites like National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy or the Aromatherapy Registration Council to find a therapist near you. In the meantime, I recommend avoiding undiluted essential oils topically and/or ingesting essential oils.