Dangers of Essential Oils: Top 10 Essential Oil Mistakes to Avoid | Dr. Josh Axe

Dangers of Essential Oils: Top 10 Essential Oil Mistakes to Avoid | Dr. Josh Axe

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Essential oils have been shown in studies to have very few negative side effects or risks when they are used as directed. But given how popular essential oils have become in recent years, and how many different brands of oils are now available, it’s not surprising that there’s some growing concerns regarding essential oil safety.

On this episode of Ancient Medicine Today, I’m talking about the top 10 mistakes people make with essential oils as well as internal use, topical use, and aromatic use.
Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CNS, is a doctor of chiropractic, certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.
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  1. Am I able to dispute on the pets and tea tree use? I used highly diluted tea tree water and sprayed it on my dog once a week to avoid ticks and fleas. No reactions.

  2. is it ok/safe to leave Eucalyptus oil in a mister/diffuser in a 14month old’s room while they are sleeping as he has a cold?? it runs in his room most of the night and we use it for his naps as well??

  3. I used a lot of lavender oil on my feet and must have been 30 drops. Did not know this and I felt so sick so that’s why I am listening. I think I overdid it. Getting nervous if I poisoned myself.

  4. Ylang ylang from turkey is the best, grosso lavender is the Best lavender ( mix of english & Spanish lavender) must of the best comes from turkey, greetings

  5. Emphasis on Indigenous Sourcing. Also, I will admit my skepticism before watching this. With that being said, it answers everything I’m looking for. Thank you.

  6. Peppermint oil I see used in food and toothpaste, even in natural homemade toothpaste for freshness. Couldn’t understand why my toothpaste was ulcering my mouth. Then I put a couple of drops of peppermint oil on my temples. Boy did it burn! Made it red too. What had it been doing to my leaky gut then??? !!! Now I don’t use it for consumption ever!

  7. Not too long ago there was an issue about essential oils and estrogen, the main two I had read that are a problem is lavender and tea tree.

  8. Is it true that some oils should NOT be used if you are pregnant or nursing? Which ones? If you are taking prescriptions meds, can there be a bad reaction with some oil?

  9. How much alpha and beta pinene would you recommend using in a tablespoon of coconut oil for dermal application? How much would you recommend adding to a liter of water for inhalation for sinusitis and congestion? Looking at the densities, it appears that each drop would be about 43 mg…is this accurate? And, how many drops should I use? Also, I would like to know the same for linalool, also. How much would be too much for those applications?

  10. Thanks for the advice about pets. My cat had an open wound that wouldn’t heal on her throat. I applied helichrysum diluted in coconut oil twice a day for two months and it healed completely. Just make sure it is well diluted. Helichrysum has a mild smell but it is very strong. Always dilute properly.

  11. Also, I would like to know the same for linalool, also. How much would be too much for those applications?  I have extensively looked for potential injury from all three, and, cannot find much, but, I know that if too much is inhaled, it can have negative effects on the respiratory system, including,  pneumonitis. I unfortunately smoke tobacco, and, have also thought about putting a few drops in my organic tobacco- it is certified organic- no additives or pesticides, but, I know that it is still harmful because of nicotine…would it be ok to put either 3 into my tobacco, and, how much would be safe?

  12. Hello. I am just learning about the application of essential oils to my navel. What are the best and safest oils to apply directly to my belly button as an adult? Many thanks!

  13. Research petchuli and that’s what s actually a pesticide … And the danger of mixing any oil natural or not by 4 or more… Mixing 4 natural oils makes a toxic product .. just cuz you don’t die the second contact happens does not mean it’s not toxic … Duh!

  14. I have a question regarding pets. Are we still able to add the no-no oils to our diffuser without harming them? The reason I’m asking is that I’m pretty sure I have used tea tree in my diffuser at some point.

  15. I’v been using essential oils for several years. In my oil burner, hair and skin. I learned about the oils, how to use and their benefits. People need to learn about essential oils, and how to use them, which oils are good for what.

  16. 30 drops of high quality vs 30 drops of junk. Be clear…consider your audience…….u may have lost some at anti microbial. Just sayin…..gotta be crystal clear.

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