Essential oils are a powerful tool that has been used for centuries to heal, reduce anxiety and for pleasure as well. You might have your own opinion as to whether they work or not, but you should be careful not to cause harm.
Although essential oils have recently regained popularity, this practice goes back to centuries ago: Egyptians used to treat aches, anxiety and acne, for example. So they are not something particularly new, but do you know what they are?
These oils are called essential because they carry the essence of the plant, not because they are fundamental. The question remains to up to what extent they work. Although there’s little evidence to support the correlation between the oil and the result, lavender oil has shown to help with pain tolerance and ginger oil reduces nausea after surgery.
Just because they are natural this does not mean that they can be used any way we like –you have to consult an expert before using them. These are some of the undesired effects:
- Essential oils are potent, so they can irritate if used improperly. You have to dilute your oil with some other substance such as almond oil, jojoba or coconut oil.
- People with immune system diseases –liver or renal– should consult a doctor before using essential oils, as they could interact with medications.
- Some might increase your photo sensibility, and this might result in sunburns.
They are not for internal use: don’t swallow them, because it can result in serious illness.
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