What is an essential oil adverse reaction?
When I was first introduced to essential oils through one of the reps for an MLM essential oil company I had read some posts in a Facebook group about adverse reactions to essential oils. A few different people kept mentioning these things that were happening to them after starting to use essential oils, and the reps kept telling them that those were a coincidence or “completely normal reaction from the body trying something new.”
That is an essential adverse reaction.
That one kills me inside. If your body is reacting to something new you’ve added it’s because it is actually reacting, not just something you need to live with. They kept saying ‘use more oils and they will go away eventually,‘ ‘your body needs to get used to them and those weird symptoms will go away.’
No. Just no.
But, what is a reaction you should be on the look out for? What is something that should you make think twice about what you’re adding to your daily use of essential oils? What is considered an adverse reaction to an essential oil?
Any reaction to an essential oil that was not intended by the user is considered a reaction that you should look into.
Here is a list of things you should look at…
- Chemical Burning
- General Irritation
- Alters Blood Pressure
- Changes To Your Skin Pigmentation
- Drying of the skin
- Increased Anxiety
If you react topically, on your skin, rub the area with a carrier oil (you can find carrier oils here) that doesn’t have any oils in it. Adding water and soap will make it worse. If a dangerous amount of essential oil was ingested, drink olive oil and induce vomiting. DO NOT drink water. It increases the speed of absorption. Also, contact a poison control center because it can be very serious.
Yes, essential oils are natural and from nature, but they do come with risk. And these reactions I’ve listed are not normal because your body isn’t used to using essential oils. This is not a “gets worse before it gets better” situation. This is where learning about essential oils becomes so important because you need to be able to realize when a reaction is a cause for concern.
I can see essential oils becoming a negative problem in the future because right now as they are trendy, fun, and cool, people are misusing them and causing issues so that later on people won’t use them at all.
MLM Company Tidbit: I know that there are aromatherapists that use one of the two major MLM companies and don’t spread false or unsafe information. I know that there are people who are with one of those companies and choosing to become certified or take classes so they can offer the best advice to their customers. I know that. But they are far and few between, and there is a higher amount of people joining with the idea they can make a ton of money while staying home with their families spreading the knowledge of one of natures greatest medicines. Those people aren’t given proper information by their uplines who aren’t given proper information by their uplines and so on and so on. Safety should come before profit. Always.
I know of many people who have a reaction to lavender, but can use others. You might react to one oil and not to another. So, don’t write off all essential oils if you have a reaction, but make sure to take note of the type of oil, and the botanical name. (The botanical name is always on the bottle) so you can figure out which oils are in that family because you will likely react to all of them. There are 2 popular types of Lavender essential oils, one works good for sleep and the other doesn’t. This kind of information is not given out when someone wants you to buy Lavender oil from their MLM company, but it is so important.
If you react do this…
Make a note of the reaction, time of day, and if you were outside.
Write down the oil, with the botanical name, and brand.
Start researching what other oils are in the family of the one you reacted too.
Check if you used it properly. Was it diluted properly? That is important.
Take Away from this post: Don’t take everything you hear at face value, do your own research, ask questions even if they seem “stupid,” and don’t be scared to get a second opinion.