Many people have turned to using essential oils in an effort to treat medical conditions at home. In fact, within the next five years, it is expected to grow into an $11 billion industry. While many people enjoy the benefits of using essential oils for cleaning, to make their home smell great and even wear them as perfume, relying on essential oils to treat medical conditions can lead to detrimental consequences. Here are four symptoms that essential oils do not treat completely any why you need to seek medical treatment.

Heart Issues

People who have heart problems should be extremely cautious about using essential oils, according to the Association of Caring Nurses (fighting against) So-Called Alternative Medicine (ACN SCAM) who consider essential oils among the pseudoscientific treatments that over 33 percent of Americans spend money on annually. In particular, peppermint essential oil that many people include in body oils, bath salts and other recipes that they make at home can increase heart rates. When a person with heart problems experiences faster heart rates it can cause the heart to work harder. In turn, causing a heart attack. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds, and many people do not survive their first heart attack.


Women who are pregnant are cautioned against coming in direct contact with all essential oils. Those like nutmeg, parsley and dill containing apiol and myristicin are of particular concern. Long before their choices in drugs to cause abortions, women ate large amounts of parsley to kill the fetus. In parts of South Africa, eating parsley is still used as a form of birth control. Women should never use essential oils on their skin when they are pregnant because the skin becomes much more sensitive. Additionally, many essential oils are too strong for fetuses who may receive the dose through their mother’s bloodstream. Therefore, it is highly recommended that women avoid using essential oils when they are pregnant.

High Blood Pressure

Some essential oils can cause a rise in blood pressure which can be a particular problem if a person already has high blood pressure. Hyssop and other essential oils containing pinocamphone can interact with high blood pressure medicine. Rosemary essential oil causes the body to be stimulated, and that may raise blood pressure. Some essential oils can cause hallucinations if used in high enough amounts, which can affect blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a stroke or even death, and many people have high blood pressure without even knowing it.


Essential oils can have an altering effect on some brain waves, so epileptics need to be very careful if they choose to use them. Nutmeg and thujone can cause a person with epilepsy to have changed moods, behaviors and altered levels of consciousness. Some epileptics find that using rosemary, fennel, sage, hyssop, wormwood, spike lavender, camphor, tansy and thuja can cause them to have convulsions. Research suggests that these essential oils can especially cause trouble for the epileptic if they are used in a diffuser or inhaled. There are approximately 65 million people in the world with epilepsy, so chances are that you know someone who has this condition.

Essential oils can have harmful side effects in many people rather they are used on the skin, in a diffuser or in some other way. Even if you are blessed to not suffer from any of these conditions, chances are that someone you know has these conditions. Therefore, consider the impact you may be having on their lives by applying the information found in this article.


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