Hello! My name is Lea Harris, a Certified Aromatherapist who graduated from Aromahead Institute’s Aromatherapy Certification Program in July and the Advanced Graduate Program in October 2013. Read more about my journey on the About page.
p.s. <—those bottles are just for fun and do not depict actual essential oil colors
My goal and the purpose of this website is to help educate you on the proper use of various essential oils so you and your families can stay safe.
Essential oils are very concentrated substances. One drop can be powerful enough to relieve an itchy bug bite, soothe a burn, or stop a cold in its tracks. It is natural to assume that because essential oils originate from plant sources they are without risk, but this is not always the case. Essential oils have the potential to cause minor reactions, such as skin irritation, or more serious consequences like respiratory failure and cancer, when not used appropriately. Some of the major areas of concern include, “overdose, neurotoxins, inhaled allergens, adverse skin reactions, and carcinogens.” (source)
Whether you need first aid remedies, therapeutic personal care products, or chemical-free cleaning solutions, essential oils are a wonderful choice. I am glad essential oils are easily accessible to anyone who wishes to purchase them – I only wish they each came with educational material so consumers could learn about the oil and how it is best used. There is no regulated standard, and because of this, it is up to us as consumers to educate ourselves on the proper use of each essential oil before we use them.
One of the ways we can be safe is to know our essential oils. Are they truly pure? Are they adulterated?
The members of the Learning About Essential Oils Facebook group (who have now moved to our LAEO forum format) have raised funds three times now in order to GC/MS test essential oils from several different companies via 3rd party testing. You can view a master list of all results here: 3rd Party Test Results – Master List.