This may save your life!
Everyone today is talking about using these essential oils but very few will give you advice on how to use them. If you don't use them correctly it could cause you serious harm.
If you use them properly, you stand a better chance of reaping numerous benefits from them. But, just like other products, they may pose great risks to health if not used with care. You may assume that these products have minimal effects to the body simply because they come from nature but you would be mistaken.
You should understand that they are very concentrated in terms of properties. For instance, a drop of peppermint oil can make about 26 cups tea. A person who has no idea of how to use such an oil may end up making a poison instead of medicine.
Education on how to use these products is very important. Below are some essential oils we should use in small quantities if they are to be of help to our health.
Peppermint is an ancient European herb used as medicine due to its calming and cooling properties on the body. Its one of the most versatile essential oils in the universe with ability to deal with issues to do with mind and general health. It’s a hybrid of water, mint and spearmint plants. Some of its applications in the medical world include joint therapy, natural energizers, relief allergies, fever reducers and as a sinus care.
However, with all these benefits if used in large quantities it may be toxic. As we had seen earlier peppermint oils are highly concentrated therefore if used in excess dosage it can be harmful. For example excessive inhaling of peppermint can cause dizziness, nausea, muscle weakness and confusion. Children below 2 years should not use peppermint essential oils as they can develop apnea.
It’s an antioxidant plant that is commonly used as a spice in Mediterranean foods. It’s also used to treat alopecia (a condition where hair falls off),joint pain, indigestion and as antimicrobial agent. Rosemary can be used as tea or added to food as a spice.
Children under 18 are advised not to take rosemary as it can be harmful to their health. Also the adults are advised to take a maximum of 6 grams a day. If taken in excess it can lead to allergies, spasms, vomiting, coma or pulmonary edema. In women, excess dosage may lead to miscarriage. Therefore, pregnant women should avoid using rosemary herbs as a food supplement.
It is attributed to be having antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, stimulating and antiseptic properties. Due to these it treats cough, stress, ingestion, asthma, toothache and headache. It also has minerals i.e. potassium, sodium, phosphorous and vitamins A & C.
When using clove oil, one should be extremely careful not to use the dosage in excess as it can lead to poisoning. Ingestion of too much may cause allergies due to presence eugenol (main constituent of clove oil).In children excess ingestion may lead to abdominal discomforts or even liver/kidney failure. For the diabetics, the intake may cause the blood sugar to fall below the normal range. In pregnant and nursing mothers, the high dosages may pass to the infants through the placenta or breast milk respectively therefore causing harm to infants. Due to this they are advised not to take clove oils.
It is advisable not to use essential oils alongside other drugs as there can be some reactions in the body therefore causing harm to oneself. Also consulting a specialist may be important to learn about the dosages and possible side effects of the essential oils before use.