Eager to try out Aromatherapy? THESE are the side effects you should beware of

Aromatherapy is known to help with stress and anxiety, respiratory infections and irritable bowel syndrome. But does it also have any side effects? Find out.
Eager to try out Aromatherapy? THESE are the side effects you should beware of
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Aromatherapy is often hailed as an alternative healing technique which can be used before seeking medical help. Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years and can effectively offer relief from minor pains, irritations and distresses. In an aromatherapy session, the healer use an essential oil or a combination of essential oils to help alleviate certain medical and lifestyle conditions. You can seek the help of aromatherapy to treat certain health problems such as sleeplessness, headache, and weight loss. Even though most essential oils are obtained from plant extracts and are safe for use, some people may have adverse reactions to these natural oils. Find out the side effects of aromatherapy before you book a session!

Can mess up your hormone balance

Some essential oils interfere with hormonal balance as they themselves have hormone like effects. Quite a number of essential oils behave like estrogen and decrease the effect of androgens. It’s important that you consult an expert before you turn to aromatherapy.

Might result in headache and nausea

Nausea, headaches, and dizziness are some of the common side effects associated with aromatherapy treatments. These symptoms usually go away with time or after you wash off the oils.

Sensitive skin people may face some irritation

Essential oils are natural and safe, yet they might trigger allergic reactions in some people. Inhaling and coming in contact with these oils irritation, inflammation and redness. Those with sensitive skin are recommended to do a patch test first.

Not safe for those with asthma

Inhaling essential oil can cause nasal irritation. You may experience sneezing, running nose and nasal congestion. Those with asthma should strictly avoid aromatherapy. 

Pregnant mothers should avoid aromatherapy

Aromatherapy may pose a risk to the developing fetus in the first trimester. Women who are breastfeeding should also avoid essential oils as they may be expressed in the breast milk. If you are a mother to a young child, do not head to aromatherapy without your doctor’s permission.

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