Apparent Safety of Essential Oils

        As with almost everything, the use of essential oils is beneficial when used in moderation.
The actual research noting severe side effects is extremely limited if not practically
non-existent.
         The most severe side effect that  has been thoughouly proven for essential oil use
is contact allergy or contact dermatitis. As with almost everything today, there will be
someone somewhere who is allergic to it. It is in these people that problems arise when
they come in contact with their trigger substance. The only advice that is given by the
entire medical profession is very simple: avoid what you are allergic to! It has not been
proven (contrary to what many claim) that certain herbs cause specific side effects. As
with this entire topic, clinical research on the side effects of using aromatheapy specifically
chamomile, clary sage, lavender and lemon is insufficient.
 

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