The resulting essential oil is a highly concentrated liquid
containing all the aroma and therapeutic properties of the source of
which it came.
There are hundreds of different essential oil blends used by
aromatherapists, all carrying out different functions and working in
different ways. There are however, a number of oils that are considered
to be too dangerous to be used at all in aromatherapy. Some examples of
this include aniseed, cassia, sage and mustard, and while some are more
dangerous than others, they all at least pose some risk to users and in
some cases can cause quite serious damage to the skin.
The use of certain oils such as camomile, jasmine and lavender can
pose a risk to users and should only be used with extreme caution,
especially when used directly on the skin and in particular if
administered to a pregnant woman. They can however offer significant
benefits to users suffering from certain ailments and should therefore
not be ruled out entirely. However, because of the dangers associated
with their use, this category of oils is recommended only when
administered by a trained aromatherapist.
Some essential oils are considered toxic and ideally should not be
used for more than a few days at a time. These include oils like
angelica and eucalyptus, as well as some everyday properties that
people may be surprised to find listed, such as lemon, orange, ginger
and peppermint. Toxic essential oils should be diluted to one percent
before application, and in most cases never applied before exposure to
If you are using a new essential oil for the first time, it is
always a good idea to test it on a small patch of skin before applying
the oil to your body. Even if the oil is not considered to be an
irritant, this is always recommended. And whether or not your skin is
usually sensitive to beauty products, creams and perfumes, you should
always administer aromatherapy oils with care.