Health risks of aromatherapy

Years before the emergence of modernization, aromatherapy through the use of essential oils derived from different plants has been used by people for healing, relaxation, and restoration of energy and overall health. But, with the dawning of modern civilizations, this practice has slowly disappeared.

Years after due to the trend of healing using natural and traditional practices the use of aromatherapy is being more and more accepted because of its affectivity. Now, this practice of healing is now being regarded as a holistic therapy that helps heal not only some physical pains of a person's body but also the emotions and mind as well.

Despite the many advantages and benefits of aromatherapy, some people disapprove of using them as a means of healing because of its potential health risks. The following are just some of the health risks that are closely associated with the use aromatherapy specifically with essential oils.

1. The use of essential oils in aromatherapy can lead to burnt skin. This is very true especially if too much is applied directly on the skin during massage. Because of a high concentration of the essential oils, the upper dermis of the skin can easily be damaged and may result in varying degrees of burns.

2. Using poor quality essential oils can lead to painful and itchy rashes. The number one rule when using essential oils is the "purity" of the product. Experts say that the right concentration of quality essential oils along with the right amount may bring beneficial effects but if it is used too much and with the wrong concentration, it can lead to disaster.

3. The wrong use of essential oils can lead to a variety of sicknesses. The most common usage of essential oils is by inhaling them. When done improperly, it can lead to illnesses that can be related to the respiratory system.

4. Essential oils can cause miscarriage in pregnant women. Experts say essential oils derived from fennel seeds, cedar wood, basil, sage, clary, jasmine, marjoram, juniper, lavender, myrrh, and thyme can cause miscarriage in women because these plants contain properties that can affect the fetus in the womb.

5. People with epilepsy should also avoid using certain essential oils. Oils that are derived from fennel, sage, champhor, hyssop, and rosemary are believed to contain a high concentration of properties that can trigger shaking among epileptics.

6. Aromatherapy using essential oils leads to high blood pressure. This is true especially if used in the wrong amounts and for long periods of time.