The internet is loaded with misleading claims about a variety of topics, but aromatherapy and essential oils have recently become a hot-button issue. With so much information circulating around the internet, you have to be cautious about what you trust—and this is especially true for “facts” regarding aromatherapy and essential oils. Because some of these misconceptions may be toxic, I’m here to dispel some of the most prevalent ones.
Myth #1: Essential Oils are a Scam
Skeptics have gone to the internet to argue that essential oils are nothing more than a fake placebo effect, duping the public into spending millions of dollars on pleasant-smelling snake oil since some claims surrounding essential oils are so absurd.
Research clearly shows that this is not the case. A simple search for “aromatherapy” on Pubmed or Google scholar will yield research after study after study on the beneficial effects of different aromatherapeutic uses and essential oils. A collection of these researches may be found on the website of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy for Health Professionals and Clinical Aromatherapy are two great publications that cover essential oils and aromatherapy from a scientific standpoint. They’re a little technical for novices, but they provide a lot of information for anybody willing to delve deep.
Myth #2: Essential Oils and Air Freshener Oils are the Same Thing
The natural oils of different plants, flowers, woods, and herbs are extracted via a distillation process to produce 100% pure essential oils, which are your therapy-grade oils from reputable producers. Scented (fragrance) oils, on the other hand, are created synthetically using chemicals for man-made goods—such as air fresheners. Scented oils, unlike essential oils, are not produced naturally and therefore do not have the same kind of therapeutic qualities (despite smelling nice).
There are many therapeutic-grade standards, developed as a one-of-a-kind development method by the oil manufacturers. As a result, the particular quality of one essential oil may differ from one producer to the next. When purchased from a reputable producer, all oils are 100% pure, but many factors may influence the quality, such as outsourced laboratories, collecting and packaging methods, and so on.
Nonetheless, essential oils are not the same as those found in air fresheners.
Myth #3: To Get Started, You Need a Large Collection of Essential Oils
Most essential oil starting packages, regardless of the brand, contain 6-10 essential oils and cost about $100. If you wish to go larger with additional oils or add custom mixes to your starting kit, the price will increase. The price tag and learning curve on beginning sets are just too high and frightening for many novices.
But you don’t need a large collection to get started. You may satisfy most of your family’s requirements without going over budget if you have a modest collection of the most vital essential oils. Starting with just 1 or 3 is often a better option than purchasing a costly starting kit.
Myth #4: Aromatherapy may Naturally Cure Any Illness
Aromatherapy methods, when used correctly, may help cure certain diseases or relieve symptoms, as well as improve one’s mood and aid in relaxation and awareness. When breathed, calming essential oils, such as lavender cause soothing reactions in the brain and body. Similarly, tea tree oil is believed to contain characteristics that, when applied topically, may help relieve the symptoms of certain skin problems. They cannot, however, be claimed to heal any illness or condition.
So, be cautious of anybody who claims that an oil or scent can cure any ailment.
Myth #5: Aromatherapy is Always Preferable to the Plant in Its Natural State!
Because aromatherapy is derived from plants, there are many methods to get the advantages by using the plant itself. Lemon and ginger, for example, are easily accessible at grocery shops, so pick some up the next time you’re there! To relieve nausea or wake up for the day, try squeezing some lemon juice and chopping ginger into warm water. Do you like the aroma of lavender? Purchase a plant from a local nursery for your house. Consult a professional aromatherapist for further suggestions on how to utilize the plant itself.
Myth #6: Because It is Natural, You may Ingest Any Essential Oil without Ill Effects
Just because something occurs naturally in the environment does not make it safe to consume. In fact, natural does not always imply safe. Although lead is a natural chemical, we know it is harmful to children’s growing brains. Essential oils are powerful chemicals that are highly concentrated. They may be beneficial to the body when used appropriately, but they can also be toxic and interfere with medications.
Certain essential oils may be ingested for beneficial effects (such as gastrointestinal relief), but this is not true for all essential oils, and consuming some oils can be harmful.
Even when an oil can be consumed, it must be significantly diluted for safe ingestion. Essential oils are derived from natural sources such as plants and herbs, but they are much too powerful to ingest in this concentrated form. Thus, proceed with care, since there is little scientific evidence to support the consumption of essential oils and the impact they have on the body.
Basically, you should do the same things you would if you were taking a prescribed medication: consult with your qualified healthcare provider, be aware of any side effects, precautions, and dosage limitations that are specific to you and your overall health, and discontinue use immediately if you experience any negative side effects.
Myth #7: You should Always Buy Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
Therapeutic grade is, mostly, a marketing phrase that businesses employ for several reasons and is not a guarantee of quality.
By definition, all genuine essential oils are therapeutic. If an essential oil were not medicinal, it would not be an essential oil at all. It may be a synthetic fragrance oil, a rebuilt oil, or a very corrupted oil, but it will not be a genuine essential oil.
Some businesses define therapeutic grade essential oil as authentic, unadulterated, pure essential oil with nothing added or removed. So, if you encounter the phrase, ask the business what they mean by it to gain a better understanding of their goals.
Myth #8: Essential Oils are Safe to Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, and around or on Babies, Youngsters, and Pets
No one would ever recommend giving an unborn baby, newborn, or young kid an adult medicine at an adult dosage. We are all aware that their tiny, delicate bodies may react negatively.
The same may be said about essential oils. Many essential oils are not safe to use while pregnant, nursing, or in the presence of babies. As youngsters get older, the limitations become less severe, but extreme caution must be taken. When used improperly, several relatively popular oils, such as peppermint, are known to cause respiratory problems in youngsters.
Although pet aromatherapy is a relatively new use of essential oils, we do know that certain animals should not be exposed to essential oils at all. Cats, birds, and reptiles, in particular, need special attention. And all animals need a quick way to get away from any essential oils to which they are exposed.
Myth #9: Useful Info about Aromatherapy is Hard to Get
I’ve seen folks get so irritated with the contradictory essential oil information they read online that they give up and proclaim it impossible to know who to believe. It’s simply one person’s point of view against another’s.
Fortunately, this is not the case.
Aromatherapy, I agree, is an art form. What one educated expert likes may not be the same as what another prefers. Even among qualified, working aromatherapists, there are various viewpoints. However, it is possible to get trustworthy information about essential oils.
Essential oils don’t have to be a muddled jumble of half-truths and falsehoods. When you know where to search and what to ignore, you may find superior information. Also, I’ll recommend you try it out yourself and figure what works and what doesn’t work for you.
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