Essential oils are not only known for its aromatic essences, it is also widely known to soothe, calm, and heal the body. These oils are thought to reduce stress, improve mood, and increase concentration, among other touted benefits. This feeling has led to the rise in popularity of essential oils, but the more popular they become the more people are reminded that just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean it can’t harm you.
Recently a woman made a Facebook post that has gone viral. Elise Nguyen posted a photo of herself with third-degree chemical burns after applying essential oil prior to a hot yoga class.
In her viral Facebook post, she shared several photos of scorched and blistered skin on her wrists and neck. Elise claimed that she applied Doterra oil (a line of oils specifically formulated for topical treatment on the skin) to her wrist and neck before a hot yoga class. After the class, she went to a tanning salon in preparation for a wedding, she was going to Jamaica.
The next day, she noticed irritation and large red splotches began to form on the areas she applied with essential oils. She assumed it was a bad reaction to new laundry detergent, but then things took a turn for the worst.
“I noticed irritation where I applied the oil. Initially I thought it was a reaction to a new laundry detergent,” she writes. “Well over the next couple of days, I developed nasty blisters due to a chemical burn.”
When she reviewed the label of the oil bottles, it turns out that there is a tiny cautioning against going into UV rays or sunlight for up to 12 hours after application.
“Currently, I’m on day 22 of this burn,” she writes in the post. “I still have open areas and they still hurt if I hit them wrong.”