Important oils proceed to develop in reputation, with many individuals believing they’re a pure resolution for frequent sicknesses.
“Sadly,” the Nationwide Capital Poison Middle says, “generally ‘pure’ is confused with ‘unhazardous’ or ‘nonpoisonous.’”
One instance: tea tree oil. Additionally known as Melaleuca alternifolia, the important oil has “an extended historical past of use as a pure treatment for pores and skin illnesses and different situations,” the poison heart says. However, as with many oils, it may be toxic if swallowed. It may additionally irritate pores and skin in greater quantities.
The NCPC recommends skipping tea tree oil’s “conventional” use as a mouthwash and remedy for unhealthy breath. When you maintain tea tree oil in your house, “retailer it like different medicines: in its unique container, locked out of sight and attain of youngsters.”
Hold your pets secure, too. “Veterinary toxicologists have reported that giant quantities of tea tree oil utilized to the pores and skin of cats and canines precipitated poisoning,” the NCPC warns. “Signs have included muscle tremors, weak point, issue in strolling, low physique temperature and extreme salivation.”