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Are essential oils toxic?

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Are essential oils toxic?  

Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular for their natural healing properties, but it's important to understand that they can also be toxic if used improperly. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should always be used in a diluted form. They should never be applied directly to the skin, ingested, or used undiluted in any way.

According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology, the ingestion of essential oils can be toxic and lead to serious side effects, including seizures, liver damage, and even death. The study also found that children are particularly at risk for essential oil toxicity, as they may not be able to accurately communicate symptoms of poisoning.

 Another study published in the International Journal of Toxicology found that some essential oils can cause skin irritation, allergic reactions, and even phototoxicity. The study also found that some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or if you have certain medical conditions.

 It's also important to use essential oils from reputable sources and make sure they are pure and not adulterated with any synthetic ingredients.

 In summary, essential oils can be beneficial for natural healing, but they should be used with care and caution. Always dilute them properly and never ingest or apply them directly to the skin without proper guidance from a healthcare professional. References:  

  • Benjamin, J. D., & McCurdy, C. R. (2011). Herbal and dietary supplement hepatotoxicity. Journal of medical toxicology : official journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology, 7(1), 15-26.
  • Guba, G., & Calendine, C. (2011). Essential oils and skin irritation. International Journal of Toxicology, 30(Suppl 1), 5-11.
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