Monday, 24 October 2011

Aromatherapy safety - Daily Mail article

There is an extract from a Daily Mail Article dated 21st October 2011 below on aromatherapy.  For journalists researching articles like this I recommend Robert Tisserands excellent website on essential oil safety  Robert Tisserand brings his weekend seminar to Imperial College London, Huxley Building Room 341, on May 12,13 2012, details  

Shirley Price Aromatherapy is delighted to support and sponsor research, international forums and educational events on the safe use of essential oils and seminar publications with international contributors such as the forthcoming Aromatherapy - Treat or Treatment? 

All reputable essential oil suppliers, Shirley Price Aromatherapy included, provide safety information with every essential oil supplied to the public in barcoded boxes with additional safety information on bottle labels.  Suppliers of fresh season organic oils include, and  

Professional Aromatherapists, among them 6000 who have studied with the Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy, follow a rigourous course of study under experienced and qualified tutors spanning one academic year. The spectrum of aromatherapy includes complementary, beauty and sports use often associated with therapeutic massage.  More information is to be found on the practitioner federation websites FHT, IFPA, IFA and those of national associations worldwide.  The Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma is accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists the UK and Eire's largest and oldest established practicioner body with 20,000 members across the spectrum of complementary therapies.  In July 2012 the FHT celebrates its 50 years of service with a congress in Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK.  See you there! 

Clinical aromatherapy. Some 32 essential oils are cleared for use in aromatherapy treatments to relive nausea, headaches and fight infection in over 40 american hospitals and many UK hospitals and hospices.  While there is increasing recognition of the value of traditional practices in the West not all hospices and hospitals wish to include aromatherapy and complementary therapies in their nursing and midwifery treatment policy and procedures.  Where this is the case practicioners must not offer aromatherapy treatments in any circumstances. This is in the interests of patient, practicioner and the hospital or hospice. The college tutors are always happy to hear from practicioners wanting advice on this area.

Contact details of locally active qualified practitioners can be found on the FHT, IFA and IFPA websites.  The picture in the article below which appears on the Company's DVD Aromatherapy was not supplied by us.  The article raises amongst other issues the issue of dosage of essential oils.  Essential oils should always be used with care and less is more where essential oils are concerned.  Only the faintest aroma should be detectable where essential oils are used in a diffuser.  Only as few as 20 molecules are required for human olfaction and where oils are diffused for their properties at times of viral infection excessive quantities can diminish the desired effect.


Can aromatherapy oils poison you? How tiny particles 'may damage liver and kidneys'

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They are meant to soothe aches and pains, relieve stress and induce a sense of relaxation.
But aromatherapy oils may in fact do more harm than good, according to scientists.
They have claimed that the extracts – used in baths, massages or burned in rooms – react with the air to produce tiny irritant particles.
Researchers found that when the so-called essential oils were used in relaxation spas for massages, the concentration of these potentially harmful particles increased tenfold.
The scientists said that certain chemicals in the oils, called volatile organic compounds, mix with the air to form secondary organic aerosols.
These particles irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and are also known to cause headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver and kidneys. 
This study only examined the size and number of these particles released when people had massages in spas. 
However other research has shown they are also produced by burning essential oils in the home or office – although not to the same extent.
Essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint are extracted from plants and trees.

    The oils are thought to have a number of health benefits, including improving the skin, boosting the immune system and helping with sleep. 
    But the scientists from the  Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan, Taiwan, warn that the negative effects ‘cannot  be neglected’. 
    The study, published in the journal Environmental Engineering Science, measured the volumes of certain secondary organic aerosols when oils were rubbed in during massages in two spas in Taiwan.
    All fragrant essential oils - used in aromatherapy massage treatments - release pollutant chemicals into the air, the researchers found. Ventilation in spas can help to control levels of the pollutants
    All fragrant essential oils - used in aromatherapy massage treatments - release pollutant chemicals into the air, the researchers found. Ventilation in spas can help to control levels of the pollutants
    Oils which generated the highest number of aerosols were lavender, tea tree, peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus. 
    The scientists concluded: ‘As aromatherapy, used by the general public and some health institutes, has become one of the most popular complementary therapies, its impact on indoor air quality and health effects cannot be neglected.
    ‘Volatile organic compound degradation caused by the reaction of these compounds with ozone present in the air can produce small, ultrafine by-products called secondary organic aerosols which may cause eye and airway irritation.’
    They added: ‘We compared secondary organic aerosol levels associated for the various fragrant and herbal essential oils tested and conclude that the layout and ventilation within a particular spa may affect the level of indoor air pollutants produced during massage with aromatherapy.’ 
    In 2007, another group of scientists also from Taiwan showed that burning tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus oils in the office also produced large numbers of these harmful particles.
    Aromatherapy oils have also been found to worsen breathing problems in those with lung disease and to increase symptoms of asthma.
    And nurses have reported that they can cause skin burning and rashes – often because people put far too much into their baths or on to their skin.
    Britons spend around £126million on aromatherapy products and herbal medicines every year.
    Sceptics argue that many of the perceived benefits of the oils are caused by a placebo effect – and people just convince themselves they feel calmer and more relaxed.
    They also say there is little  scientific evidence that they can relieve pains, cure wounds or  boost immunity.

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