EO Toxicity, what might that look like?
Many times we have the concerns come up concerning the use of oils and if they are dangerous and in a roundabout way, what is the toxic level of various oils? Most oils are really not dangerous if used responsible manner. In reality water, good old drinking water can be toxic and will kill you if you drink too much. But in order to drink that much you would have to stick a hose down your
throat and turn the hose on. Normal human reflexes would likely not allow you to "drink" that much. But with oils it is slightly different. Most people will have a problem if they are dehydrated and the negative reaction is related to what degree. Usually, the symptoms are when the
oils just set on the skin, the person will develop ahead ache or the oil will be offensive. These are the typical negative reactions of an average person. Usually, if the person will just drink
some water and rest for a while then those symptoms will just go away. In extreme cases of when the person is sick they might throw up or develop a rash. In cases like this it s best to consult with a trusted person that knows about the oils or discontinue the use of that oil or use a lot less of it that was used. In working with animals you have to be a lot more sensitive to the aroma. If the animal does not like the aroma, then there isn't a lot you can do to "force" the use of that oil. A horse might kick you, a dog might bite you and a cat will scratch the day lights out of you. If they like it then they will usually cooperate with you.
So the aroma is very important when working with animals. Then the size of the animal is
very important, just like when you work with a kid vs. an adult. If too much is used on a kid then
they tend to behave more like an animal. An adult will use their noggin a little bit and over ride some unpleasant aromas or negative reaction because they know where they need to be
going to with the use of it. This is where we get into some of the myths about the toxicity of certain oils. Take peppermint for example, many people will claim that this oil will kill a cat. Yes, it will if too much is used. The main chemical in this oil is Pulegone, which is a
monoterpine. Now based on the clinical studies out of England, and this is based on figures extrapolated from animal experiments with 50% of the subjects actually "expiring". An adult would have to take 31 ml. or a child would need to take about 7 ml. and an animal like a cat
would need about 0.40 grams per kg. of body weight to have a lethal dose. That is just to that one specific chemical,
Pulegone. However, when it comes to the Peppermint Oil its self, the average Peppermint oil in its normal state as you would use in Aromatherapy, the adult would need to take 350 ml. the child about 75 ml. and the animal would need to take 4.5 grams per kg. of body weight to have
a lethal dose. So by this scale, you can see why good old Peppermint could be toxic to a cat. If you were to put say 4 or 5 ml. on a 5 lb. cat, yes, I'm sure the liver would have a hard time processing that. If it went internal. But if on external use, then it wouldn't be as shocking on a short notice basis.
You will still experience issues of overdosing, even with external use. It is just that it won't manifest as quickly and when it does manifest, it will be a serious issue. If you use a rational amount of oils, you will benefit beyond measure and enjoy the ride. There you have a perspective on the oils to mull around.