Vol 2: Winning Strategies Using Essential Oils , SAFETY of Essential Oils
Safety of essential oils and their uses is a critical Factor. Much of what has been written about it is simply wrong which makes it difficult for the novice to get a clear picture. There are various myths that intentionally or unintentionally inflate the dangers of essential oils. Let’s make the example of cinnamon bark oil which is what are the best options a person has when they have a violent bacterial infection and is used in several of the lyme oils that are on this website. Yet you will read from many authors claiming to be experts on essential oils that cinnamon bark is toxic.
The truth is most people are not allergic to any of the essential oils and most (if any) “allergic” reactions will only happen with adulterated essential oils meaning the oil is not in the purest form. And that even cinnamon bark oil just like clove oil, for example, can be skin irritants. This however does not mean that they cannot be ingested but they should probably be diluted before ingesting. And that doing a simple skin test to see your immediate reaction to any essential oil is a great way to test it beforehand.
One should also consider that an intense reaction from ingesting oils or even applying them topically could be due that individuals pathology load. I have often found with clients who have die-off or herx reactions from taking essential oils usually have a very high pathology load.
Ron Grub published two valuable articles and titled, “Toxicity Myths” which has dispelled almost all of these hyped up concerns. R Tisserand’s 1988 Essential Oil Safety Data Manual is also a good read for someone who wants to learn more about the truth of safety and of toxicity of essential oils.
I just read an article online from a dentist that uses essential oils and his office and while the article was about using essential oils as a dentist, his diatribe on toxicity of oils was completely hyped up and had zero references. It was disappointing. It shows you that that kind of information is not that far away from finding all over the place.
And many text will decree never to use essential oils undiluted when in fact quite a number of essential oils can be safely used undiluted!
Most people think that they are in imminent danger when they ingest an oil because of the strong turpentine flavor of many essential oils.
With all that said some essential oils can be toxic when used wrongly. What you really have to watch out for are the components called ketones some genius species of a specific plant could be toxic while the other variety of that plant isn’t. The specific oils to watch out for are Sage Officinalis, mugwort (Artemisia herbe alba), Thuja, Hyssop officinalis and Lavandula stoechas. Oddly enough toxicity test so shown that Sage essential oil is less toxic than what would be expected and that if the plant is distilled early in its life cycle it yielded very low Ketone content.
It should be mentioned here that none of the Lyme oils on my website contain any of these plants with high KETONE contents. This was done deliberately and expertly guided.
Watching for essential oils that are skin irritants
Essential oils may become peroxidized for a number of reasons. This happens most prevalent with citrus needle and Tea Tree Oils. Again testing and oil on your skin first is a good way to see how your body responds.
Some essential oils can be tolerated initially and then cause a very strong dermatitis reaction with subsequent use. Cinnamon oil and clove oil statistically have the capacity to sensitize more than others. These effects are almost always related to topical application and that internal application does not carry the same risk.
Some components of essential oils will irritate everyone skin if applied in high enough concentrations generally irritant essential oils or those with phenolic components: Thyme, Oregano and Savory.
Learning about essential oils the bunks manufactured illusions. And for those who have used them to get well and to heal from emotional and physical crisis are the ones that truly understand the capabilities and the overall safety of them.
In our next discussion, we will talk about the applications of essential oils, some typical and some pretty wild ones. Depending on what you’re trying to achieve, the suggested methods will help guide you in application.