In an attempt to distance themselves from chemical cleaning agents and beauty products loaded with unpronounceable ingredients, man people have started to rely more on natural essential oils instead. Like many, Elise N. didn’t pay much attention to the ins and outs of using essential oils – she just knew that they were good for skin and countless other uses around the house.
But now she wants to remind everyone that just because something is labeled “natural” doesn’t mean that it can’t have devastating effects if it isn’t used properly.
One month ago, she applied an essential oil to her neck and arms just before a hot yoga class. She does this on a regular basis, but this time was different. After her yoga class, she went tanning in preparation for a tropical vacation…
But when she woke up the next morning, she felt that her skin was reacting where she had applied the oil. Over the next few days, blisters appeared, and she realized that it was a chemical burn.
Turns out, there is a teeny tiny caution on the oil that states “stay out of sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application” or something like that. I developed second and third degree burns from the oils.” She wrote.
Vendors of the oil try their best to educate their customers on the proper usage of essential oils – most of which need to be mixed with another oil, such as coconut oil, before being placed anywhere on the skin.
I’m not blaming the company, it was my own fault. But every yogi that I’ve talked to has no clue that this could have happened. So as summer is getting closer, and the weather is getting nicer, I just want everyone to be aware of this. Please, please read the bottles of anything you put on your skin. I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else. It’s been hell.”
The next time you use essential oils, read the warning label, ask your vendor, an be careful!