Essential Oils are a fantastic alternative for anyone who is looking for natural solutions for emotional and physical wellness. But like any product, they also come with a variety of dos and don’ts, and it’s essential (see what I did there) that you read the instructions before using them. One woman is reminding everyone to read the fine print after she ended up with painful burns and blisters on her wrists and neck.
Three weeks ago, Elise Nguyen applied some doTerra essential oils to her wrists and neck before going about her day.
After hitting up a yoga class, she went to the tanning salon to get some color on her skin for a wedding in Jamaica. The next day, Nguyen noticed her skin felt irritated, but chalked it up to switching her laundry detergent.
Things only got worse over the next few days. Wrote Nguyen, “I developed nasty blisters due to a chemical burn.” After investigating, she discovered her essential oils were to blame. “There is a teeny tiny caution on the oil that states ”˜stay out of sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application’ or something like that. I developed second and third-degree burns from the oils.”
The burns look horrifying and unbelievably painful. Unfortunately for Nguyen, they’re healing slowly. ”Currently, I’m on day 22 of this burn. I still have open areas and they still hurt if I hit them wrong.” Ouch.
Despite the pain she’s undoubtedly in, Nguyen is quick to point out that the fault for the burns is all on her. “”I’m not blaming the company, it was my own damn fault.” She hopes that by sharing her story, others will avoid the same painful outcome. “I just want everyone to be aware of this. I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
So remember, read the directions for anything you put in or on your body. Those warnings are there for a reason!
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