If you have spent any time online, learning about or shopping for essential oils, you may have run across testimonials or advice regarding concerns pertaining to side effects. Too often, instead of good, professional information, you may read that these adverse reactions or side effects are the result of “detox“. They aren’t. They CAN’T BE…because that is not the way the human body works. One of the best explainations I found was not actually on an aromatherapy site or holistic health site, but one about smoothies!

“The idea that there are accumulated toxins in your body waiting to be released (usually with the aid of an expensive detox product) is misleading because your body is always in a state of detox. Whether you eat the purest of pure diets, or your live on pizza, beer and ice cream, your body never stops detoxification. As long as you have a functioning liver, kidney and colon, your body is removing toxins.” 


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Side effects such as nausea, headaches, itchiness, skin irritations, excess mucous, diarrhea, and more are NOT DETOX REACTIONS.

Any reaction to an essential oil that was not intended could be viewed as an adverse effect. These effects can range from minor and discomforting to much more serious and permanent. 

To learn more, visit the Aromatherapy United page; What is an ADVERSE EFFECT from an Essential Oil?

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