Popularity of Essential Oils
Lately, the trend of essential oil has captured our attention, most people tend to read about the good things but seem to ignore the potential adverse effects. In a nutshell, essential oil is a concentrated liquid which simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted.
Essential Oil Can Be Harmful
Essential oils do have incredibly therapeutic properties. Although they’re derived from plants, it doesn’t mean they’re harmless. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam. The high concentration may lead to harmful effects like:
- Skin discolouration, burning and sores
- Skin irritation and itching
- Small pets may be allergic to it
- Side effects on people with pre-existing conditions
- Potentially fatal when swallowed
Essential Oil affects indoor air quality
The smell of essential oils are small particles that are diffused in the air. The Purlife Indoor Air Quality Specialists have done air quality checks in rooms with high concentration of essential oil, there tends to be high concentration of particulate matters (PM2.5 and PM10). This poses health risk to people in the room, especially babies, toddlers and young children. We would advise the moderate use of essential oils to minimise indoor air pollution.