Hazards of aromatherapy

While aromatherapy in itself is an upcoming, holistic and feel-good way of treating your body and mind it does not come without hazards. There are too many amateur aroma therapists not using the right essential oils in the proper quantity thus causing a lot of side effects for novices like you and me who trust just about anybody who deals with aromatherapy. Specialized aromathrapists must go through a training to master the art of aromatherapy. That way they will know which oil to use for which person as oils act differently on different people.

I am sure that when you come across some aromatic oils and have read somewhere about its benefits you are prompted to use it unaware of the fact that it needs to be measured, diluted and some must not be used at all because of their dangerous effects. Apart from the fact that the oils used in aromatherapy must not be consumed internally because of their intoxicating effects, people with chronic illnesses must not also use these oils without medical advice. Do not try using oils like Sage, Thuja, Birch and Wintergreen (leave them to the aroma therapists). Oils like Calamus, Mustard, Tansy, Wormwood, Yellow Camphor, Mugwort, Horseradish, Bitter Almond and Sassafras are too dangerous to be even kept at home. So be wary. Oils like Bergamot, Laurel Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Grapefruit, Cumin, Cassia, Dill Weed and Patchouli can cause sun damage.  Chamomile and Majoram can induce drowsiness.

People suffering from asthma, lung ailments or respiratory allergies should avoid using aromatic oils as the oils could cause problems in the airway passage. Skin irritation could arise affecting the mouth, eyes and nose by certain essential oils. It is believed that certain oils like rosemary and sage could be harmful to pregnant women too. Finally, never use the aromatic oils near the mouth or the eyes, as they are sensitive areas and could cause allergies or irritation.

Aromatherapy is a beautiful way of using nature’s bounty to treat the mind and body but never overdo it or experiment with something you know nothing about. Better to be safe than sorry.