Be Careful With The Use of Essential Oils, Their Use Can Be Dangerous

I had been told that lavender essential oil was good for head lice. So, I took the bottle that my father-in-law had given me a few months ag...

I had been told that lavender essential oil was good for head lice. So, I took the bottle that my father-in-law had given me a few months ago and put a few drops in my children's shampoo. He had brought it to me with the intention that I use it to put a few drops in the bathtub that will help my children relax, but he had never used it. So that day I decided to try it for both.

To be honest, I have to say that the anti-lice effect was excellent, and I still use it to this day. But the calm I wanted to achieve with my children was harder to achieve. Although the decibels dropped a little, the truth is that the power of warm water can calm any child. But what happened with the experience of the droplet droplets in the bathtub was that my children began to have red rods all over their bodies. They weren't upset, but I was unsettled. The oil had made their allergies.

Essential oils and their responsible use

Since the Middle Ages, essential oils have been widely used for bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, antiparasitic, insecticidal, medicinal, and cosmetic applications, especially today in the pharmaceutical, health, cosmetic, agricultural, and food industries.

Essential oils are extracted from different parts of the plants, such as stems, leaves, roots, flowers, and fruits, and the extraction method determines its use. Nowadays, its use is widely disseminated for skincare and health conditions, and that they are natural makes many people think they are safe. The truth is that little is known about the adverse reactions and contraindications of each oil.

The Web med site tells the story of a Canadian woman who, after trying citrus oils in her bathtub and soap with lavender oil, began to have skin rashes that led to dangerous peeling. She had been told that it was a natural detoxification that her body was doing, but the blisters on her skin forced her to go to the emergency doctor.

Lavender oil is proven to have positive effects on short-term and numerical memory. Its use is also indicated to calm anxiety, stress, and calm headaches, among other uses. However, it also has contraindications and side effects, as it can increase seizures in people with epilepsy or increase tremors in Parkinson's. In addition, it can cause allergic skin reactions, as well as digestive problems and muscle pain.

Natural oil, frugal use

Nature is there for us to take its fruits. And essential oils have shed a lot of light on the world of medicine and have been helping people in many ways. But their use must be responsible, as they should not be used deliberately on anyone. Companies that sell these oils should alert their customers to some of the side effects of essential oils.

Only in the United States in the last year, the sales of essential oils increase by 14%. Its easy availability and its promises of immediate benefits made people turn to this natural remedy without being informed about the consequences. Oils have beneficial properties in many cases and for endless uses, but they should be used sparingly and on a case-by-case basis. According to critics, the problem is that companies exaggerate their potential and minimize the risk.

“The safety of essential oils has been compromised by information spread by poorly trained sales representatives,” says Joie Power, a neuropsychologist and aromatherapist who has been teaching how to use the oils for decades.

Some benefits of essential oils

Beyond the contraindications of each case, taking advantage of the natural properties of some oils can be very beneficial for health, as long as they are used in moderation and being attentive to their adverse effects. Here are some examples of some oils and their uses:


It is used as a natural antiseptic and speeds up the healing process for cold sores and ulcers. If you are going to use this oil, you should avoid sunlight for 12 hours after putting it on your skin, even when diluted, as it increases skin sensitivity.

Clary sage oil

It has relaxing and calming properties that help rejuvenate and relax the skin. Pregnant women should not use it as some evidence suggests it may induce contractions.


This oil is used to relieve headaches and stomach aches, but should never be used on babies or young children, as it can cause serious respiratory problems.


This oil is a powerful nasal decongestant and cough reliever. Caution should be used when using this oil when taking certain medications used for seizures, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as they may be less effective and may trigger asthma attacks.

cinnamon bark

Sometimes used in shampoos and lotions, it can also irritate the skin. People with seasonal allergies have been shown to be more prone to bad reactions and are advised to avoid them.


Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic, bactericide, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, healing, and regenerating agent. Its ingestion is dangerous since in severe cases, tea tree oil can cause hallucinations and cellular abnormalities.


This oil is beneficial for reducing anxiety and emotional stress, as well as improving sleep and slowing down cellular aging. If its use is excessive, it can have toxic and harmful effects such as increased heart rate, hallucinations, and gastrointestinal problems.

Lemon: It is an excellent energizer and fungicide, and helps fight fatigue and insomnia. Its excessive use can increase the risk of skin cancer since its use increases the sensitivity of the skin to the sun.

What to avoid

  • Essential oils should not be ingested

  • Eucalyptus and peppermint oils can
    irritate the respiratory tract if inhaled in excess

  • The "tea tree" contains compounds that can cause
    abnormal growth of breasts in children

  • Children and adolescents should not use essential oils

  • Pregnant women should consult a doctor before using them.

  • Citrus oils can expose skin to UV burns

What can be done

  • Before using the oils, carefully study their properties

  • Know and research side effects before trying an oil on your skin

  • Read the instructions on the package

  • Discontinue use if you have allergic reactions

  • Always consult a doctor in case of any doubt

Education and information are essential for our well-being. Keep taking care of your health using products that you know about their adverse effects, to make the most of their natural potential and benefits for your body.


Rex Mars: Be Careful With The Use of Essential Oils, Their Use Can Be Dangerous
Be Careful With The Use of Essential Oils, Their Use Can Be Dangerous
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