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
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
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
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.