Peppermint, lavender, sage, or other essential oils possess multiple virtues and can be of great help in the treatment or reduction of several health problems such as digestive disorders, Moods, depression, insomnia, skin problems, etc. However, what should not be forgotten is that these oils have precise instructions for use. To help you use them without exposing themselves to their side effects, here are the most common mistakes to use, to avoid!
Where do the essential oils come from?
The essential oils come from the essences of different species of aromatic plants that they can produce by transforming the nutrients contained in the soil, thanks to the process of photosynthesis. Leaf, root, wood, berry or fruit, these species generally protect these plants against the attack of fungi and insect pests, or to attract pollinating insects.
To extract them, the aromatic plants pass through extraction processes chosen according to the part of the plant containing the gasoline, such as distillation, expression, effleurage or even maceration. To avoid the presence of certain chemical residues due to certain processes, it is advisable to choose the cold pressed oils, which retain almost all their therapeutic properties.
Some benefits of certain essential oils
Aromatherapy is a gentle medicine that uses essential oils to cure several ailments and health disorders. According to the curative properties of each, it determines the dose to be taken and the mode of administration to be used (oral, local application, inhalation ...). To better bring you closer, here are some benefits of some essential oils:
Lavender essential oil: antispasmodic, healing and sedative, relieves menstrual and muscular pains, promote relaxation and falling asleep and accelerates skin healing in the event of wounds or burns
Sage essential oil: regulates blood circulation, sebum secretion and the production of female hormones, it helps to fight against circulatory disorders, to treat the skin problems due to the excess of sebum and to reduce the symptoms Of menopause
Essential oil of peppermint: Stimulant of the digestion, toning of the nervous and anti-infectious system, it helps to improve the digestion and to treat the various digestive disorders, to improve the various cognitive functions by improving the memory and the concentration, To eliminate the pathogens responsible for infections.
To take advantage of the virtues of essential oils without exposing yourself to their side effects, which are likely to be toxic and lead to serious health problems, here are some use mistakes to absolutely avoid committing.
Mistakes of using essential oils to avoid absolutely:
The application of the essential oil near the mucous membranes
Some essential oils promote hair growth, which is why some people advise applying to the eyelashes to grow them.
However, this tip can be dangerous because the risk of oil coming into contact with the eyes is too great, which can lead to vision problems or damage to the cornea. Very difficult to eliminate and very irritating, it is strongly advised not to apply pure essential oils in the eyes or in their outline, in the nose, the ears and near the mucous membranes.
Spraying essential oil on your pet:
Just like humans, some pets are allergic or very sensitive to essential oils. For example, prolonged contact with an essential oil may lead to liver toxicity in the cat, which can be fatal. It is therefore recommended to use them only under veterinary supervision, and to avoid applying them purely on their coat or near the mucous membranes. Also, if your pet is a female during gestation or breast-feeding, avoid bringing it into contact with essential oils.
Overdose of essential oil:
Respecting the doses of essential oils to use is paramount to preserving your health. An overdose may cause nausea, vomiting, irritation of the mucous membranes, respiratory problems, convulsions and disturbances of consciousness.
Essential oils in general are discouraged for pregnant women and young children. Before using them internally, it is mandatory to seek the advice of your pharmacist or your attending physician. It is also recommended to dilute them, in a vegetable oil, in case of dermal application, to limit the risks of allergies, burning or irritation.