Some essential oils are extremely dangerous. These oils should not be sold at all but can still be purchased over the internet or at less reputable shops. (“Statement of Rights”)
- Rosemary, common sage, hyssop, and thyme should never be used if you have high blood pressure.
- Sweet fennel, hyssop, sage, and rosemary should be avoided if you have epilepsy.
- Diabetics should not use angelica.
- Those who suffer from hypoglycemia should stay away from geranium
- Sufferers of kidney problems should be cautious if they use juniper, sandalwood, or coriander.
- Expectant mothers should especially avoid juniper, hyssop, clary sage, peppermint, lemon, fennel, lemon verbena, rosemary, and wintergreen. (“Aromatherapy: How Scents Can Heal Us — Grateful Earth”)
- Clary sage should not be used while drinking as it will intensify the effects of the alcohol causing it to act like a narcotic.
“• Chamomile and marjoram should not be used while driving because they cause drowsiness.” (“Statement of Rights”)
- Some oils can cause allergies, such as citronella, clary sage, Ylang, and verbena oils. (“Introduction – s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com”)
“• Oils that are believed to be carcinogens are calamus and sassafras, should be avoided by everyone.” (“Statement of Rights”)
- Methyl salicylate is the active ingredient in aspirin and sweet birch essential oil. (“Aromatherapy: How Scents Can Heal Us — Grateful Earth”) If you use aspirin for medicinal purposes, you should avoid it due to the risk of overdose. “It should also be kept away from children as it smells sweet and is equally dangerous to them.” (“Aromatherapy: Essential Wisdom”)
While the list above is oils that can be dangerous in certain situations there are other oils that should not be used in aromatherapy at all. These oils can be caustic if inhaled and should be avoided at all costs. This is not a comprehensive list; you should do research on any oil you plan to use before you purchase it. (“Aromatherapy: How Scents Can Heal Us — Grateful Earth”)
Oils that Should Not Be Used in Aromatherapy
- Almond – Contains cyanide which even in lesser amounts can be lethal.
- Aniseed – Skin irritant.
- Arnica – Can cause dizziness and heart irregularities
“• Bergamot – Phototoxic, severe sunburn could occur if it is exposed to sunlight.” (“Statement of Rights”)
- Boldo Leaf – Produces convulsions even in small quantities.
- Calamus – Has carcinogenic (cancer causing) properties and can cause kidney and liver damage.
- Camphor – Oral ingestion can be toxic.
- Cassia – Skin and mucus membrane irritant.
- Cinnamon Bark – Skin irritant.
- Cestus – Skin irritant.
- Elecampane – Classified as a serious skin irritant.
- Fennel – Can cause epileptic episodes.
- Horseradish – Eye, skin, nose, and mucus membrane irritant.
- Jaborandi Leaf – Oral toxin, skin irritant.
- Mustard – Skin and mucus membrane irritant.
- Spanish Origanum – Skin and mucus membrane irritant
- Dwarf Pine – Skin irritant.
- Brazilian Sassafras – Banned by the FDA as a carcinogen and can be toxic even in lesser amounts.
- Savin – Skin irritant.
- Southernwood – Toxic to the skin and if taken orally.
- Tansy – Can cause convulsions, vomiting, uterine bleeding, and death because of organ or respiratory failure.
- Cedar leaf Thuja
- Thuja Plicata – Can be a neurotoxin.
- Wintergreen – Can be a skin irritant, especially to those with aspirin sensitivity. The oil itself is poisonous. (“Statement of Rights”)
“• Wormseed – Toxic to the liver and kidneys, suppresses heart function.” (“Statement of Rights”)
- Wormwood – Consumption can cause visual and auditory hallucinations and addiction. It can also cause convulsions and be a neurotoxin. (“Introduction”) There are some essential oils that are highly toxic and should never be used in any circumstance.
Essential Oils to Completely Avoid
- Mug wart
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