There’s been a lot of talk about essential oils (aka EOs) in industry blogs, on individual company social media platforms and in mainstream [health] news. Each source shares a different perspective about the oils. Some of these perspectives are based upon personal experience, education or assumptions. It may be easy to get confused by all of the available information on the internet. This confusion has be made worse when considering green vs. non-green, natural vs. synthetic vs. artificial or pro use vs. anti use rhetoric. So, we did the research to provide you the vetted, accurate facts about EOs. Here are the 10 things you should know:
- Pure essential oils are derived from plants (leaves, flowers, stems, seeds, bark, etc.)
- Artificial essential oils do exist; only buy from a verified source
- Pure essential oils have been used for 1,000s of year as home remedies to treat ailments
- There are over 700 plant species used to create pure essential oils
- Pure essential oils can be used in beauty products, cleansers and home use products
- Incorrect, excessive or abusive use of pure essential oils can cause skin burns and sensitivity – do not apply directly to skin
- People can be allergic to pure essential oils
- Pure essential oils can and will expire (rates vary based upon the plant)
- Proper use of pure essential oils are non-toxic to the body
- Pure essential oils can be natural or organic
Overall, using EOs can be beneficial. It’s really a matter of ensuring that you have access to a pure product and use it per the recommended instructions. As with any product, there is a possibility of an adverse reaction. So, familiarize yourself with the EO by completing an allergy test prior to full use. It’s important to us that you remain safe. Please use EOs responsibly.
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www.info.achs.edu; Debunking Dangerous Myths About Essential Oils; http://info.achs.edu/blog/debunking-dangerous-myths-about-essential-oils
www.tisserandinstitute.org; Irritant and Allergic Reactions to Essential Oils; http://tisserandinstitute.org/safety/irritation-allergic-reactions/
Robinson, T.L.; Interview: April 6, 2018