Are Essential Oils Suitable for Everyone?

By Adriana Noton

You may have been hearing a lot about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils lately on television, on the radio, and online. It's piqued your curiosity and you'd like to know more about them and what they can do for you. You're eager to try them but may be thinking, are essential oils suitable for everyone?

That's an important question but the first thing you may want to ask is what are essential oils? These are, generally speaking, distilled fluids that are extracted from the leaves, flowers, seeds, roots, or bark of various plants. They are highly concentrated and just one drop of one of these oils can be very potent. For this reason, they are often sold in small amounts which, if used sparingly, can last a long time.

How are these all-natural oils used? Because these oils can pack a real aromatic punch, you may think that they are primarily used to make perfume. This is not true. Most perfume is comprised of fragrance oils mixed with synthetic materials in order to produce a specific scent that a company wants to market to consumers.

Fragrance oils and perfumes, however, do not produce the same benefits and are not typically used in aromatherapy treatments. Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment where essential oils are used to treat and improve a person's psychological and even physical health and well-being. When used in proper dosages, recipients of aromatherapy have reported many benefits including stress relief, mood enhancement and improved immune and circulatory systems.

Different plants are known to have various healing effects on the body and mind. Since these extracted oils are concentrated dosages of plants, it's not hard to see why so many people practice aromatherapy and why these oils have become so popular in recent years. When looking to purchase aromatherapy products, however, it's important to make sure that you are actually buying the concentrated oils. Avoid products that advertise therapeutic benefits but mix their oils with synthetic materials in order to dilute the product and increase sales.

The next question you may be asking is this: "Are essential oils suitable for everyone?" That's a very good question because the oils used in aromatherapy are not presently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States. Without extensive government testing and regulations, you must be careful before beginning this type of treatment.

Although there are no specific regulations in place regarding the use of these oils, there are some safety precautions that you should take should you decide to explore the potential benefits. Important things to remember include: avoiding contact with the eyes, not consuming oils orally, avoiding contact with broken or inflamed skin and keeping out of the reach of children. It is also very important to avoid topical oil treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. As always, the best thing to do is to consult your primary care physician to discuss the potential risks or effects.

These wonderful, natural oils provide many benefits every day to people all around the world. Are essential oils suitable for everyone? Just like with everything in life, there is no "one size fits all" solution. However, if you're actively looking for an alternative to traditional treatment methods, you should do some research to find out how these oils could benefit you. - 30525

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