Essential oils are pretty amazing. They can help you relax, soothe muscle pain, relieve your anxiety and help you sleep. Many can even be used to replace common products filled with chemicals, like bug spray. While essential oils can be extremely beneficial, it’s important to understand how each oil is intended for use, along with safety tips, do’s and don’ts. A woman from Wisconsin is sharing her story to warn others about the potential dangers of essential oils, when they aren’t used correctly.
Elise Nguyen uses DoTerra essential oils on a regular basis, as part of her skin care routine. She didn’t realize that the products she was using can cause an adverse reaction when exposed to sunlight or UV rays. After Elise applied essential oils to her skin then used a tanning bed, she shared her story on Facebook.
Elise wrote, “I applied DoTerra essential oils… to my wrists and my neck prior to a hot yoga class. After class (one hour later) I went tanning in a tanning bed… The next day, I noticed irritation where I applied the oil. Initially I thought it was an allergic reaction to a new laundry detergent. Well over the next couple of days I developed nasty blisters due to a chemical burn.”
Second and third degree burns developed on Elise’s skin. Elise still had painful, open wounds on her neck and wrists three weeks after using the tanning bed. She admitted that she had not noticed a caution on the DoTerra oil bottle. The caution warns users to avoid sunlight and UV rays for 12 hours after applying the oil to their skin.
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