Essential oils are a wonderful alternative option for treating the symptoms of chronic illness, but they can cause more problems than they solve if they’re used improperly. With a few simple precautions; you can have a safe, effective treatment with very little risk of side effects.
Although natural treatments such as aromatherapy and herbs are safer than many prescription medications, they do contain active constituents that can interact with each other and with prescriptions. You must do the research to ensure that doesn’t happen, since doctors who practice traditional allopathic medicine rarely know anything about aromatherapy or “alternative treatments” in general.
- Always read and follow all label warnings and cautions.
- Never use an essential oil internally without the advice of a qualified aromatherapist or naturopathic doctor. Most oils are perfectly safe as an external treatment, but can be toxic if taken internally.
- Keep oils tightly closed and out of reach of children.
- Don’t use undiluted oils on your skin. Dilute oils with vegetable oils, one to three drops per tablespoon.
- Keep oils away from eyes and mucous membranes.
- Skin test oils before using. Dilute a small amount and apply to the skin of your inner arm. Do not use if redness or irritation occurs.
- If redness, burning, itching or irritation occur, stop using oil immediately.
- Many essential oils are too strong for use on small children. Never use an essential oil treatment on a child without carefully doing the research to ensure it’s safe for children.
With these precautions, and a bit of research, essential oils can be a safe and effective part of your treatment plan.
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