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Explaining 3 Common Misunderstood Statements About Aromatherapy

Since its conception several centuries ago, aromatherapy has helped in alleviating the stress of millions of people. Until today, it's continuously gracing us with its health benefits and the business opportunities it brings along. However, in the past few years, aromatherapy had had a bit of a bad rap from non-supporting individuals.

Today, we aim to blast away the smoke surrounding our beloved art and science. So, light up your candles, get your reed diffusers close, or start melting those soy-based wax melts, and let us kill the stench of the myths surrounding aromatherapy.

1. Aromatherapy is bad for our pets.

One of the most googled questions about aromatherapy is its effect on our dearly loved pets. A short answer to these questions of safety is: aromatherapy is safe. Essential oils, scented candles, and other forms of olfactory pleasures are generally safe for our pets. However, we can never be careless around our cats and dogs.

Most essential oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties that our pets can benefit from. Like humans, our pets are also allergic to scents and may cause problems when inhaled or ingested in concentrated amounts.

To be safe, make sure that you keep your aromatherapy materials in a cool and dry place that your pets cannot easily access. Whenever you use them, put them on a surface your pets don't play around in. And whatever kind of oil or candle it is, do not let your pets lick them, as this may cause physical or chemical burns,

Synthetic oils also threaten our pets, but they're usually harmful to us humans, too. So, make sure to opt for organic products.

2. Aromatherapy can replace standard medical treatment.

I was once aboard a plane and had a terrible case of headache. As I was massaging the sides of my temples because of the pain, the woman I was seated next to offered me lavender essential oil. She asked me to bring out my handkerchief, and she pinched a few drops onto it.

As I was thanking her, she said, "You're welcome, my dear. I bring this every day for my diabetes." I was disappointed but didn't have the energy for an unsolicited science lecture.

A sad misconception about aromatherapy is that it can cure [insert-any-disease-here] like magic.

I would like to balance this with this fact.

Essential oils, in their most basic state, are just compounds. The actual medicines we take are also compounds. But since aromatherapy goes through the body differently from that of an oral drug, scientists cannot conduct foolproof studies on aromatherapy.

But, there are also scientific papers supporting aromatherapy as a complementary treatment next to standard medication such as this one.

3. Aromatherapy can cause cancer.

Explaining this statement is like walking on eggshells.

Cancer proves to be one of the most common causes of death worldwide. The cause of cancer varies from patient to patient. Still, it's usually a combination of different factors such as chronic stress, excessive exposure to various chemicals, or can be genetic and hereditary.

Yes, certain essential oils can be cancerous to us when used wrongly. Here's a comprehensive list of those essential oils.

To balance this, we must remember that aromatherapy materials are beneficial to us when used the way they are meant to be used. Whenever we purchase essential oils, scented candles, wax melts, or reed diffusers, we must do our part by reading the instructions and conducting thorough research.

As mentioned earlier, aromatherapy can be a great supplementary treatment but not an alternative to professional advice. Imagine someone going through a series of chemotherapy. The stress of monthly visits to the hospital and a restricted diet can be lessened through aromatherapy. And an unstressed body is a healthy body.

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