Common mistakes when using essential oils
- A common mistake that people make when using essential oils is over-usage. Adding a few drops into the diffuser can go a long way. And diffusing in the right amount will allow you to stay safe when using essential oils. People often think that because you cannot smell the scent means that you need more oil. But it is not true just because you cannot smell it doesn’t tell that it’s not working. We have to remember that we are diffusing the air, and even if the scent is soft, it’s still working. Some oils are very soft, and some oils have a strong scent. Ensure that you use the right amount of drops in your diffuser to stay safe.
- Buying more expensive oils. Buying oils are more expensive does not mean that the quality of the oil is better. Looking at where the origin of the oil has come from also is a determination to help look at the quality of the oil. It is good to have the GC/MS; however, it is not the determining factor. When looking at the results, it isn’t easy to see what the results mean unless you have a scientific background—looking at where the origin of the oil originates. The best place for the oil to grow will be a better determining factor in its quality.
- Do not rely only on company information. When using essential oils, we must learn about the oils individually. We must know how it affects our bodies, how it affects our family’s bodies, and how it affects our pets. All those who are around us that will benefit from the oils. All of our bodies are different, and we all react to oils differently. We must learn about ourselves; if you are taking medication, speak to our doctors about the oil that you are deciding to use and understanding what each oil can do for you. Even though these essential oils are coming from plants, it does not always mean it will be safe for you.
Misuse of Essential oils
Here are some examples of the misuse of specific essential oils. These oils are common oils and common plants, but they can be dangerous to your health if used in the wrong way.
- Pennyroyal oil is an oil that should not be produced or at least not mass-produced to the public—a high level of menthol that can cause harm in overuse.
“Pennyroyal oil contains pulegone, which is highly toxic, particularly to the liver. Ingestion can lead initially to gastrointestinal distress such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Later on, it can lead to the liver and kidneys’ failure, resulting in bleeding, seizures, multiple organ failure, and death.” (Buechel DW, Haverlah VC, Gardner ME. Pennyroyal oil ingestion: report of a case. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1983 Jun;82(10):793-4. PMID: 6874446.)
- Wintergreen is used to relieve pain like over-the-counter medication. However, it is hazardous that more than a tiny amount is swallowed; swallowing wintergreen oil is like eating many adult aspirins.
- Tea tree oil is used for skin infection. However, a large amount of tea tree oil can cause skin infection.
- Nutmeg is used in food. When misused, it can cause hallucinations and coma.
- Eucalyptus is useful when the winter season is approaching. It’s good to prevent colds and flu. However, Eucalyptus is overuse can cause seizures. Those who have asthma have a more difficult time breathing.
- Sage oil is a scent for diffusing. However, if shallowed can cause seizures in children, even a small amount.
It is essential and should be a top priority to keep your essential oil safe. Keep out of reach of pets, children, and elders.
Way to keep essential oil safe:
- Keep oils out of reach and out of ways of falling.
- Teach children and elders of the danger of the oil and what to do if the oil is ingested or spilled.
- Have a poison control number nearby.
- Put in a locked cabinet.
- Get essential oils with safety tops.