Market driven hype and pseudoscience is responsible for the resurgence in popularity of essential oils
Misuse of essential oils. Grace Gawler reports observations from 43 years working one-on-one with cancer patients
In my 4 + decades at the cancer coalface, I have witnessed considerable misuse of essential oils resulting in harm.
One case, resulted in severe liver damage, causing toxic ammonia buildup in the brain. This newly resulted in her death and her cancer treatment was put on hold while doctors attempted to restore her liver function.
I have also witnessed less severe cases of liver damage in patients presenting to me.
In other patients, their nausea, digestive pain and other symptoms from inappropriate essential oil usage, were attributed to their cancer treatment.
In some cases, oncologists changed their treatment strategies, not knowing the symptoms arise from essential oils and not medical treatments.
Then, there is the unpredictable world of herb-drug interactions. Each essential oil contains large amounts of chemicals and they can interact with chemicals in your cancer medicine.
This is a relatively new science and is discussed in more detail on my page – targeted-botanicals-for-cancer-treatment/
Stories and information about the misuse of essential oils
Aug. 8, 2017 — When Rachael Armstrong first started using essential oils last year she, as she puts it, “dove right in.”
Each morning, she placed a drop of frankincense oil, which some say is an immune booster, under her tongue. If her head hurt, she dabbed calming peppermint oil on her temples. At night, she massaged the bottoms of her feet with grapefruit oil, often billed as an appetite suppressant. By day, she lathered her arms with antibacterial bergamot oil and dropped fragrant lemon oil into her detergent and water bottle.
Then one night after sitting in the sun at a baseball game, she spotted a rash on her neck and arms. By morning, her eyes were swollen shut and the oozing welts on her neck burned. The rash cleared. But for weeks, each time the sun hit her skin even briefly, it returned. Ultimately, it got so gruesome that doctors had to inject her with steroids. The suspected culprit: A toxic reaction to essential oils.
“I admit I was probably overusing them,” says the 44-year-old mother of five from Omaha, NE. “But I don’t think people are aware that even though they’re natural products, they can do real damage.” Click here for full article
More credible information about essential oils and their potential side effects
The following section contains links to other articles concerning the side-effects of essential oils.
One danger for patients doing their own research is that, without an appropriate scientific background, they have no criteria for evaluating what is written on the Internet.
It is always safer to look for credible sources of information.
Avoid those who make a compelling and alluring emotional case mixed in with those of pseudoscience for whatever they are trying to sell you – be that a commercial product or an ideology.