TERMS and DEFINITIONS
Aromatherapy – the art and science of using essential oils to promote or improve both psychological and physical health and well-being. Aromatherapy practices include the internal, topical and inhaled use of essential oils.
Qualified Aromatherapist – one who has completed a recognized training in aromatherapy at the minimum level of 200 educational contact hours (such as approved by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy or the Alliance of International Aromatherapists) or has been recognized through a standardized exam, such as provided by the Aromatherapy Registration Council.
Sensitization – exposure to allergen that results in the development of hypersensitivity. Learn more about essential oils and sensitization here.
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FDA regarding essential oils an aromatherapy products: “The fact that a fragrance material or other ingredient comes from a plant doesn’t keep it from being regulated as a drug.” http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Products/ucm127054.htm
“The FD&C Act defines drugs, in part, by their intended use, as “articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease” and “articles (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals” [FD&C Act, sec. 201(g)(1)].” http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceRegulation/LawsRegulations/ucm074201.htm#Definedrug
“Internal Use Statement – AIA does not endorse internal therapeutic use (oral, vaginal or rectal) of essential oils unless recommended by a health care practitioner trained at an appropriate clinical level. An appropriate level of training must include chemistry, anatomy, diagnostics, physiology, formulation guidelines and safety issues regarding each specific internal route (oral, vaginal or rectal).” http://alliance-aromatherapists.org/aromatherapy/aromatherapy-safety/#internal
“Never take essential oils internally, unless under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapist who has received the necessary training in this very specialised mode of administration. Most aromatherapists have not had this training, so be sure to check this out first. You may read articles in magazines and books extolling the virtues of taking essential oils internally, but you should absolutely never attempt this without expert guidance.” http://www.a-t-c.org.uk/category/safety-matters/