Scent & Sensibility: What to know about aroma therapy

Proponents of aromatherapy say essential oils can tame anxiety, help you focus or even improve mood. These oils are being sold by many different companies these days, but are they actually good for you? How can you be sure you’re using them correctly, and whom should you ask?

Ask your doctor before using any essential oil or other alternative therapy, says Amber Robinson of Bitter Herb LLC. Use extreme caution if you have a medical condition; aromatherapy could potentially aggravate conditions like asthma, allergies or skin conditions. Pregnant women and children younger than 5 should not use aromatherapy at all, Robinson says. In addition, some oils should not be used on or around pets. Ask your veterinarian before diffusing oils in a room with a pet or applying essential oils to your pet.

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