People Are Freaking Out Because They Just Learned Essential Oils Can Hurt Cats

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Essential oils and aromatherapy products have been around for thousands of years, used for a variety of uses from healing, well being and as natural cleaners. Essential oil blends and aromatherapy products are more popular than ever before. And it's no wonder, they smell great and come from plants and flowers, so people love to reap the benefits of these aromatherapy products. And as any aromatherapist will tell you, the safe and appropriate use of essential oils can bring about incredible benefits. From encouraging relaxed sleep in people to headache relief, essential oils are powerful wellness aromatherapy products. However, there can be a dangerous byproduct of the popularity of aromatherapy products and essential oil blends, and that is a lack of education on safety and proper use. Essential oils are aromatherapy products that are highly concentrated plant substances, and you should treat these with both caution and care. Recently, Sue Murray a woman from Michigan said her daughter's cat, Ernie, became ill after Murray started using an essential oil diffuser she got on Amazon. The cat began acting like he was ill, soon after the woman used her essential oil diffuser. This is a good reminder of the importance of practising safe use when using aromatherapy products and essential oil blends. Essential oil companies will tell you, that the safe and appropriate use of essential oils can bring on incredible benefits. However, it is important to be educated on the safety and proper use of aromatherapy products. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant substances, and you should be sure and treat them with caution and care. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe when using aromatherapy products, essential oil blends and essential oils, you want to take a moment to brush up on the three common and dangerous essential oil mistakes.

1. Inhalation. Inhalation is one of the safest means of administering essential oils and aromatherapy products, and it’s the fastest way to get essential oils into your bloodstream. However, it is still critical to use essential oils with caution, even when diffusing. When diffusing essential oils, you want to always diffuse in a well-ventilated area. Be sure to diffuse essential oil blends and aromatherapy products for 30-minute intervals and make sure take regular breaks. Make sure that your pets especially cats have the option to leave the room if they don’t like the aromas coming from the diffuser.

2. Using photosensitive aromatherapy products in the sun. Photosensitive, or phototoxic, aromatherapy products usually contain furocoumarins, which may cause burns when your skin is exposed to UV light or sunlight. If you know you'll be in the sun, be sure to avoid them in aromatherapy products that are designed to stay on the skin, such as body lotions or creams.

3. Incorrect application of essential oil blends and aromatherapy products. You can use aromatherapy products in a variety of ways. Essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, inhaled, or taken internally. Each application method has its own precautions. Certain oils aromatherapy products can irritate if used in too high a concentration. If you happen to be a person who is highly sensitive, first try a skin patch test to determine any potential irritation before you use aromatherapy products or essential oil blends, and always dilute appropriately. Irritation from an essential oil blend is a direct result of contact with the oil. If unsure about using aromatherapy products consult first with your naturopathic doctor or aromatherapist. You will find this story on aromatherapy products on the Buzz Feed News site. On the site, you will find recipes, DIY ideas, health tips, aromatherapy products, entertainment, tech, science and more. **

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