Whether you have a friend that sells essential oils through a multilevel marketing company, or you've noticed them on the shelves of your local discount store, chances are you've heard the hype about essential oils. Perhaps you've tried rubbing lavender on your temples to help you relax or diffused peppermint to help you focus. Maybe you've even added a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo to soothe your scalp. While proper use is likely safe, many consumers don't know the risks of misusing essential oils, and the results can be dangerous.
Although many companies claim certain oils are safe to consume, as a general rule, essential oils should not be swallowed. Even small amounts can interact with medications or cause an allergic reaction. Ingesting larger amounts can lead to throat swelling, a racing heart, vomiting, and seizures. Rubbing certain essential oils on your skin can lead to sun sensitivity, allergies, and even toxicity. Since the FDA does not test essential oils for safety before they are sold, it is important to buy from a reputable company if you are going to use them.
If you are looking for an alternative option for pain relief, and you want to avoid a possible reaction to essential oils, consider using Milkweed Balm instead. Milkweed Balm is made with the seed oil of the milkweed plant and is comprised of omega 7 fatty acids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory agents. When applied topically, Milkweed Balm soothes pain associated with chronic health issues, neuropathy, arthritis, sports injuries, and more.