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Carolyn

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This is a general question for aromatherapy enthusiasts and experts alike. Since there seems to be some confusion regarding the classification of those potentially negative reactions to essential oils - specifically irritation and sensitization -and since avoiding any hazard with the use of essential oils is of paramount importance - I thought it might be a good idea to start a dialog with the purpose of clearing up some of these grey areas. So with that in mind, would anyone wish to share any negative experience they might have encountered with the use of essential oils and/or any data they might have to share concerning irritation, sensitization and photosensitization please? In fact, if anyone has any queries concerning safety issues with the use of essential oils, then please let's address them. Looking forward to a stimulating discussion, Best Carolyn S

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Carolyn, I mentioned this to you at a class and I believe it deserves mention here just so others might learn of the kinds of negative reactions that can pop up. I have used essential oils on a very limited basis almost all my life, my grandmother was a very adept auromatherapist long before anyone knew what an auromatherapist was. The point being my body has had many eo's used on it, in it and around it for years and I do not ever recall having had a bad experience until just recently. I was attending a 16 hour class (that is two consecutive days) on a subject not remotely connected with aromatherapy or eo's. An administrative person at the facility I was attending had recently been "turned on to" aromatherapy and decided that burning eo's in, around, or near the classrooms and offices would produce a wonderful "mood" for students, lecturers and office personnel. The chosen eo was a synergistic blend which I have used (and still do) in my own spa many many times. So I have to start by saying that I am almost positive I did not have any prior "sensitivity" to this blend or it would have appeared much earlier. The building was approximately 1000 or 1100 square feet of partially walled off rooms and a standard tea candle diffuser is our medium. One or two diffusers were in every room, including the restroom. The entire bowl of the diffuser was filled with the synergy and the candle was lit. Instructions were left that ALL diffusers were to remain lit, filled and working for the entire working day, with a person assigned to make sure this instruction was carried out -- which she did. After about 4 hours I began to notice that my mucus membranes were beginning to feel very dry, my nose and throat felt extremly irritated. Others attending also voiced similar complaints. By the end of the first day I really thought I had some virus because I had a terribly sore throat, I was losing my voice, I could almost not breath through my nose, and I developed a really bad headache. I was the only student attending for two consecutive days, so on the second day a whole new set of students entered. And of course the diffusers were filled and burning all day. Again, some of the new students complained of dry nose, headache and sleepiness. I just kept getting worse and by the end of the second day I was totally sick. I had a three hour drive to get home and found myself having to stop my car several times on the way home and get out to walk around and drink water just to stay alert. I did not lose my sore throat and hoarse voice for more than a week!!!! And I did not feel really well for almost two weeks. It should be mentioned also that there were indeed some people in the building who developed no adverse symptoms at all over the two day period. It is my firm belief that what happened to me and to some others (but not all others) can simply be called "essential oil overdose". I have the awful feeling that had a person with asthma or some other respiratory disease been attending there might have been a dire medical emergency. I have used this same synergy after this event (in appropriate dosage) and had no problems whatsoever. The point of this story is to know your recipients!!! Know your doses!! Don't go blasting out an enormous amount of essential oil ever and especially into public air if you aren't sure who is going to be breathing it. Most often if we think about sensitivity or irritation we are thinking about applying the eo directly to the body and the possibility of a rash. But here is the perfect case of sensitivity not specifically related to direct application. I hope this might help someone out there not make this mistake. I hope this has been helpful. If you are reading this and have had your own negative experience I hope you will share it with us. PS I think I should also add that nobody in the building ever said they "liked" the aroma of the place. The most complimentary comment I could get out of anybody was "I guess I can live with it, the boss likes it."

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Again thanks Leigh for your important input here. I heard this morning on the news that the FDA is flexing its muscles concerning the ever-increasing and highly lucrative herbal supplement industry to the extent that it is now called phytoceuticals or something like that. Anyway, my point is that the FDA is very likely to turn its Medusa-like gaze on the aromatherapy community and the use of eo's at some point. They will be looking very carefully for any possible opportunity to claim that the un-managed use of essential oils is hazardous and so should be restricted. There is concern that if the profession does not take care to manage it's own safety guidelines sensibly, then restrictions will have to be applied from elsewhere, and that is likely to be highly conservative. Your story illustrates the vital requirement for education in the safe and effective use of eo's - and you are doing the profession a real service by sharing your knowledge and passion for true aromatherapy. I find it significant too that you, like many many others have used essential oils for years and years - most of your life in fact - and it takes only one mis-guided and inconsiderate incident to cause significant discomfort. One the one hand - that's pretty good going by most accounts - on the other hand someone had to try really hard to mis-use eo's at such an extreme level in order to upset so many to such an extent. Thankfully most of us are more considerate and more sensible. Best Carolyn

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