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How safe is aromatherapy?

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Aromatherapy is generally safe. Essential oils can cause side effects, though. Some can irritate your eyes, skin, or mucous membranes in your nose. They can also cause mild allergic reactions.

If you drink some essential oils they can hurt your kidneys or liver. It's rare that people take essential oils by mouth, and you shouldn't do it unless your doctor says it's OK.

If you're new to aromatherapy, work with an aromatherapist or your doctor.

From: What Is Aromatherapy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health: "Aromatherapy."

Mayo Clinic: "What are the benefits of aromatherapy?"

National Cancer Institute: "Aromatherapy and Essential Oils."

University of Minnesota: "How Do Essential Oils Work?"

FDA: "Aromatherapy."

Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine : "Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 07, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health: "Aromatherapy."

Mayo Clinic: "What are the benefits of aromatherapy?"

National Cancer Institute: "Aromatherapy and Essential Oils."

University of Minnesota: "How Do Essential Oils Work?"

FDA: "Aromatherapy."

Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine : "Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 07, 2018

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