Oils that Should Not be used in Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy – Natural Scents that Help & Heals – Oils that Should Not be used in Aromatherapy.
Almond – Contains cyanide which even in small 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.
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.
Costus – 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 small amounts.
Savin – Skin irritant.
Southernwood – Toxic to the skin and if taken orally.
Tansy – Can cause convulsions, vomiting, uterine bleeding, and death as a result of organ or respiratory failure.
Thuja Plicata – Can be a neurotoxin.
Wintergreen – Can be a skin irritant, especially to those with an aspirin sensitivity. The oil itself is poisonous.
Wormseed – Toxic to the liver and kidneys, suppresses heart function.
Wormwood – Consumption can cause visual and auditory hallucinations and addiction. It can also cause convulsions and be a neurotoxin
There are some essential oils that are highly toxic and should never be used in any circumstance.
Essential Oils to Completely Avoid
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