Have you seen the post about essential oils and migraines? I’m guessing that there are a lot of people that are bothered by essential oils, based on the popularity of that post. You might want to read it now, and the comments at the end.
I’m not here to bash essential oils. I have seen firsthand the good that they can do. I also know that they are not for everyone and that they can be harmful, if used improperly.
For examply: I recently attended a meeting where someone had applied liberal quantities of essential oils to mask the smell of skunk from their dog’s skunk encounter. It did very little to hide the skunk smell. And, because we were meeting in a small room, the EO smell was so strong that I developed a migraine.
Proponents of essential oils (EOs) are often overzealous in their praise for EOs and insist that they can do no harm. I have friends who sell EOs and they are always eager to give me this or that oil. My problem with that is, too often, my complaint is a headache or a threatening migraine. And for me, EOs are just another strong chemical that can trigger a migraine, rather than helping. And based on traffic to the post I mentioned above, that’s true for a lot of people.
I’m going to stick my neck out, again, by reminding everyone that Essential Oils actually are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). I’ll write more about why that is true next week. For now, here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering using essential oils:
- Use them sparingly – a little goes a long way.
- If you know someone with extreme sensitivities, don’t use essential oils in their presence.
- If you share living quarters with someone with extreme sensitivities, don’t use essential oils at all.
- Dilute oils with a carrier oil before applying to your skin.
- Dilute oils with water before diffusing.
- Test a tiny bit of your diluted oil to see how you react to the smell.
- Don’t ingest EOs.
- Consult an expert who knows about the safety of EOs before use. Hint: This may not be the person who is selling you EOs. If they insist they are always safe, you don’t yet have your expert.
- Know your source for essential oils.
For more information about specific EOs you can check out this article:
Crazy ways essential oils can do more harm than good.
What are your thoughts? Do you use essential oils? Do you experience any ill effects from their use?