Of all the ways to use them, ingesting essential oils remains the most. With proper use, the benefits of essential oils far outweigh any potential side effects.
In general, the side effects of essential oils include: Skin sensitivity (rash, reactions, burns, sores) Photosensitivity (some oils are not ok under sunlight) Problems for pregnant or nursing women (list of unsafe EOs for pregnancy here)
Symptoms of toxicity include: drowsiness, slow/shallow breathing, coma (after large ingestion) seizures. persistent cough, gagging/choking, shortness of breath, wheezing. nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. skin irritation (skin exposure) eye redness, irritation or pain (eye exposures).
Because they have a scent, essential oils are often used in perfumes,. their thin skin and immature livers, might be more susceptible to toxic effects than adults.
I see it frequently in social media images: just add X drops of X essential oil to a. . A drop or two for aromatherapy fine, BEYOND that you better learn the side–