In this presentation, I will explore the range of recommendations made and address the validity of each, especially addressing the underlying assumptions and reasons for these statements.I have personally been involved in the both the practice and the business of Aromatherapy since arriving in Australia in 1986.If we inspect such books, we also find that these publications, easily accessible to the public, are often used as "textbooks" in Aromatherapy practitioner training.
As such, we can notice that many of the dosage recommendations and contraindications mentioned in Aromatherapy literature are based on an incomplete or limited understanding of the issues involved.
What can be noted in many publications are statements that are based on the attitude that if an author does not know about the realities of the possible negative effects of an essential oil, then, if any possible negative effect might be noted, the invariable recommendation is to avoid the use of that essential oil or to use extremely low dosages.
As such, I suggest that this particular bias has served as the "philosophical base" on which many of the common statements regarding essential oil toxicity are based.
In contrast, we can say the French "Aromatic Medicine" approach that has developed most strongly amongst French medical practitioners (as well as naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners) since R. Gattefosse's work in the 1930's, is more of a "physical" approach.
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