The aromatic parts of plants can have a positive effect on humans. Consequently, essential oils production has grown to a $24 billion industry. Unfortunately, the daily use of such oils has some detriments to it. A large amount of plants is needed for a small amount of oil, which raises sustainability questions. Essential oils are very potent and should be used in very small diluted doses. Some oils can even be dangerous to certain individuals. The FDA does not regulate the oils. While essential oils are expensive, garden-variety aromatic herbs can very easy to cultivated as a safer alternative.
- Scents exert a strong influence on human beings’ emotional state.
- A person’s emotional well-being can be helped by the scents produced by essential oils.
- Persons unwilling to purchase essential oils due to the price, or for moral reasons, can grow their own aromatic gardens to reap the same healthy emotional benefits.
“Inhaling some essential oils may be dangerous for pregnant and nursing women, individuals with epilepsy, children, and pets.”