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Can essential oils be harmful to your health? | Essential Oils

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July 15, 2009

Can essential oils be harmful to your health?

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7 Comments

  1. aromatherapy is the oldest known form of medicine there is….
    if you ingest it, give it to certain animals, or take too much, it can be fatal. and certain ones, when used for a long period of time, such as sage can become toxic. they are not carcinogenic though. anyone can have allergic reactions to even the gentlest essential oil like lavender (this is very rare, but anything is possible) if used improperly some will clash with other remedies you are using( like blood thinners), and some need ppl need to avoid them if they have high blood pressure. citrus oils can cause a burning effect on the skin if you go out in the sun. its best to go to a qualified aromatherapist if you want to try anything

    Comment by Heleyna — July 15, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  2. Oils are good in moderation. They are essential. Flax and fish oils should be taken as prescribed on the bottle. Olive oil is also very good to use in foods.

    Comment by mul211 — July 15, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  3. Essential oils can be very irritating to the skin…

    They are a concentrate of the substance and something that can be used in moderation can cause reactions and rashes if used too often or in too strong a mixture.

    Remember… Arsenic and cyanide are "organic" too but they will still kill you…

    Just because something is "organic" doesn’t mean it isn’t harmful.

    The word “Organic” means “An organic compound is any member of a large class of chemical compounds whose molecules contain carbon”

    and

    "Organic matter (or organic material) is matter that has come from a once-living organism; is capable of decay, or the product of decay; or is composed of organic compounds. The definition of organic matter varies upon the subject it is being used for."

    Don’t let the current usage in the modern vernacular fool you in to thinking it means something it doesn’t…

    Dry cleaners that say their chemicals are “Organic” are using the SAME TOXIC CHEMICALS they used before… But because they meet the definition of the word “Organic” and they are “a member of a large class of chemical compounds whose molecules contain carbon” then they are legally OK to say that…

    It doesn’t make the chemicals any less dangerous…

    Don’t let the bullshit fool you…

    "Organic" is the new "Lite"… More often then not, it is just a scam…

    Check out this article:

    16 Organic Apples and a Gallon of Gas
    http://www.livescience.com/health/060627_bad_organic.html

    Do you like the taste of juicy organic apples from Washington? They’re not bad, but they could taste sweeter if each one didn’t involve a cup of gasoline.

    In your quest to eat healthier food and do better by the environment, you might want to place more value on local food products than on organic foods.

    It might seem sacrilegious to pooh-pooh organic food—that is, food grown in pooh-pooh as opposed to synthesized fertilizers and pesticides. But as revealed in the June issue of Sierra magazine, the environmental price for organic foods is sometimes hidden.

    Simply put, one must consider transportation costs. Apples grown in the state of Washington are trucked, on average, more than 1,700 miles. That adds up to a cup of gasoline used to ship each apple. California grapes require up to 4 cups of gasoline per bunch when shipped across the country. And so on.

    These calculations were originally published in 2004 in a book chapter in "Environment Development and Sustainability 6," by David Pimentel of Cornell University and his colleagues.

    Go local

    Also, mass-produced foods, either grown by organic or conventional methods, are usually picked well before ripening to prevent rotting during shipping. They are less tasty and contain fewer vitamins and minerals compared to local varieties. In fact, this summer is a good time to visit a local farmers’ market and talk to the sellers about these issues.

    I’m not anti-organic. I need to state that up front considering the angry email I received after I suggested that visiting untrained, unlicensed naturopaths practicing medicine based on medieval superstition could harm your health. I am, after all, reading Sierra, the pro-environmental magazine of the Sierra Club.

    I merely hope to point out that blindly buying organically can be foolhardy.

    Consider that unless you are eating rocks, all food is organic. Technically, organic refers to anything with a chain of hydrogen and carbon atoms. All living organisms are organic. So is gasoline. So is dry-cleaning fluid, which I now see advertised as "organic" by unscrupulous merchants capitalizing on the public perception that "organic" equals "safe."

    What’s in a word

    The word "organic" has come to mean plant-based food grown without synthetic fertilizers, as well as animals fed organic food during the few months to few years they were alive. It doesn’t inherently mean healthy or fair.

    Organic manure could contain lead and cadmium, naturally. Organic junk foods can be just as unhealthy as conventional junk food, albeit with organic fat and sugar. The organic label says nothing about the rights of Central American workers growing organic bananas in squalid conditions, nor is it concerned with the similarly disgusting conditions in which organic meat, eggs and dairy products are often manufactured.

    After all, organic is big business these days—nearly $14 billion in 2005, according to the Organic Trade Association—and big business is often business as usual.

    Not so with local farming.

    Local almost always means small-scale and thus more environmentally benign, fresher, healthier and cruelty-free. Talk to the farmer at the farmers’ market. He might use a little pesticide but likely not much because the food product is well-suited to the environment.

    Less gas

    The apples I buy at a farmers’ market in Baltimore are grown less than 50 miles away, and each apple "consumes" less than a teaspoon of gas on its journey to the market. Unlike the strangely happy cow on a carton of Horizon organic milk, the cows producing the (non-organic but hormone-free) milk sold locally walk freely and feed on grass and hay; they’re not pen-raised and fed organic grains they cannot digest, as can be the case with some organic milks. [Related story: Even the Cows are Unhappy]

    With support of local farms, fewer farms get turned into asphalt-covered shopping malls and housing complexes, which in turn means fewer natural wetlands, forests and deserts are turned into mass-commercial farms. Supporting local farms, organic or not, also fights our perverse global food market in which $20 million in U.S.-grown lettuce is exported to Mexico while $20 million Mexican-grown lettuce is imported to the United States each year, as reported in the May-June issue of Mother Jones.

    Some of the food at my farmers’ market is organic; other food is not. I don’t worry so much, as long as it is local. I can trust the food because I’m buying it from the person who produced it.

    Comment by おたく/オタク — July 15, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  4. In a nutshell, yes. Essential oils are potent. One drop of peppermint oil is equal to 100 bags of peppermint tea, for example. Anything in these large doses can be dangerous. Also, there are several essential oils that should NOT be taken internally. You should dilute almost all essential oils you use with a base oil (such as rice oil or olive oil). Oils like Oil of Oregano will burn you if you don’t dilute it. Lavender oil is one of the few oils that isn’t necessary to dilute, but it would still be a good idea to dilute it if you intend on using it frequently.

    You’re right that essential oils are good at improving and protecting health. Using essential oils in this manner is called aromatherapy (but don’t be fooled by the name.. it is more than just for the aramo itself) You need to be informed before you use them, though. Getting answers in here isn’t enough. Do research on them. There are many books and online resources you can peruse by simply doing a search with any search engine.

    Comment by K G — July 15, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  5. most eo’s are ok, but there are some exceptions, like tea tree oil, that smells good but can only be put on the skin in diluted form, and cannot be ingested at all. on the other hand there are eo’s like peppermint, witch you can do just about anything with, its pretty safe. there are good effects and bad effects to every oil, and a little research is necessary before use

    Comment by lex-o-matic — July 15, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  6. first of all not all essential oils are organic. You can purchase any E.O. organic or non organic grown. And water can kill you if abused. As far as I know there has never been a death attributed to using E.O. when used according to the very simple instructions…..do not drink, dilute for use on the skin, keep away from first and second trimester pregnancies and do not use if one has seizure disorder. And last, there are lots of oils that should only be prescribed by a well trained professional aromatherapist. What else can claim such a beautiful safety record?

    Comment by alt.healer — July 15, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

  7. Essential oils are safe to use if you use it in moderate and under the guidance of aromatherapist.

    Please follow the safety rules and You’re ok with that.

    please check my source to see what you can do with essential oils

    Comment by aromatherapy-at-home — July 15, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

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