As I’ve mentioned before, I work part-time as a Massage Therapist. One of the things that most clients expect is nicely scented massage oils, and I’ve gotten a very good response from custom blends with essential oils.
I know there are a lot of aromatherapy claims made, many of them dubious; some people go so far as to claim that various essential oils can cure diseases. I’ve never seen any supporting evidence on that (pretty much the exact opposite), so I use them based on the following theory:
Hey, they smell good.
However, I did start wondering about something. I know that many plants have medicinal purposes, and there is precious little information about the possible side effects of essential oils. Does anyone know of a site with actual scientific data (not wild unfounded claims) about possible benefits, detriments, or drug interactions of any essential oils? I’d like to continue using them, but I don’t want to use anything that might be unsafe for my clients. I did a web search, and got zillions of companies that wanted to sell oils to me and lots of sites promoting use, but nothing with any reliable data.
Since I am neither a doctor nor a pharmacist, any …um… basic information would be very useful. Anybody got anything? Help!