Essential oils are all over the internet. Unless you’ve been living under the equivalent of a digital rock, chances are you’ve come across at least one post or article about EOs. Maybe you’ve read about their effectiveness, maybe you’ve read safety cautions, or maybe you’ve seen the brand wars that rage.
It’s all a bit overwhelming, really.
I’m taking an essential oils course through Vintage Remedies (and I currently have a 96.7 average, thank you very much). This is a beginner course rather than an advanced one, so mostly I’m learning just how much I don’t know. But it does help me find the balance between the use-EOs-all-the-time-for-everything crowd and the oh-my-gosh-never-use-an-EO-unless-you-have-the-proper-training crowd.
Even though it’s a short course, it covers traditional aromatherapy, using EOs in skin care, aromatic medicine, and safety concerns for children. It focuses on actual clinical studies rather than anecdotal evidence (sadly, that is SO rare). I plan to take the beginner herbalism course through the site next, because I think they do a good job cutting through the hype and giving “just the facts.”
One of the think the aromatic medicine unit mentioned was not going for the strongest oil right from the get-go. You should match the oil to the need.
So I liked this post from Beeyoutiful. There are plenty of natural remedies from which one can choose, and it makes sense to start at the bottom of the chart (where risk is lowest) and work your way up as needed. Save the more potent (and therefore riskier as far as potential side effects) for when you truly need them.
I’m not saying don’t use EOs. I still use them and love them. (I am always amazed by how well an EO blend can take out a cough.) I see no reason to live in fear over potential side effects when using them appropriately. But do use common sense and do your own research as far as risks, precautions, proper dosage, etc.