ESSENTIALS OILS YOU SHOULD NEVER USE | LIST OF DANGEROUS ESSENTIAL OILS

According to a report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the United Kingdom, there are about 391,000 species of vascular plants currently known to science, of which about 369,000 species (or 94 percent) are flowering plants. That is... a lot.

 

Essential Oils are extracted from the different parts of plants, and today, there are about 130 different types of Essential Oils, absolutes and CO2 extracts. However, not all Essential Oils are produced for use by the layman consumer.

 

Below, we have a list of Essential Oils that are considered Hazardous, Dangerous and Toxic (this refers to the Essential Oil and not necessarily the botanical plant itself, eg garlic). 

List of Essential Oils to Avoid

Essential Oil Safety, Edition 2 by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young provides comprehensive information about toxic essential oils. 

  • Almond, Bitter - Prunus dulcis var. amara

  • Boldo Leaf - Peumus boldus

  • Broom, Spanish - Spartium junceum

  • Cade, Unrectified - Juniperus oxycedrus

  • Calamus - Acorus calamus

  • Camphor, Brown - Cinnamomum camphora

  • Camphor, Yellow - Cinnamomum camphora

  • Deertongue - Carphephorus odoratissimus

  • Garlic - Allium sativum

  • Horseradish - Armoracia rusticana

  • Jaborandi - Pilocarpus jaborandi

  • Melilotus - Melilotus officinalis

  • Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris

  • Mustard - Brassica nigra

  • Onion - Allium cepa

  • Pennyroyal - Mentha pulegium

  • Rue - Ruta graveolens

  • Sassafras - Sassafras albidum

  • Snakeroot - Asarum canadense

  • Thuja - Thuja occidentalis

  • Wormseed - Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum

  • Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium

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Some Essential Oils can Harm Animals

The benefits of Essential Oils comes from the reaction they create in our bodies which process the Essential Oils and respond accordingly.

 

However, the biological make-up of animals is quite different from humans, and Essential Oils that can be broken down with no problem by the human body, unfortunately can have adverse effects in animals instead.

Some of the most common, and popular, Essential Oils can be harmful to your Pets. View the List of Essential Oils Harmful to Animals here, and Learn How to Use Essential Oils Safely around your Pets.

Any other Essential Oil used incorrectly can be toxic - LEARN about Essentials Oils and 16 Ways to use Essential Oils Safely.

NEW TO ESSENTIAL OILS | LEARN ALL ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS

If you're brand new to essential oils, we have a lot of information that you may find useful.

 

Click on the links below to LEARN more about Essential Oil Safety Guidelines, How to Use Essential Oils for different People and Conditions, How to Dilute Essential Oils, and more.

  • What Essential Oils to Avoid

  • How to Use Essential Oils on Young Children 

  • How to Use Essential Oils on the Elderly

  • Carrier Oils for Essential Oils

  • How to Blend Essential Oils

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