By now I am sure you have heard about the latest trend with essential oils.
Many are jumping on the band wagon and vaping essential oils into their lungs.
It is my personal belief that vaping anything is a bad idea simply because you are inhaling directly into the lungs. Why would you vape and essential oil when diffusing the oils alone is enough to provide many health benefits?
When you vape you are risking damage to the lungs? The selling point here is that the oils are going directly into your lungs for healing, this is a falsehood that many are buying into! Not all essential oils on the market are safe because of their unethical distillation processes, many essential oils are cut with dangerous chemicals that destroy their effectiveness while the aroma stays intact, keep in mind that pure oils when used for vaping are very potent and could possibly have a damaging effect when inhaled directly into the lungs.
If an essential oil can cause photo toxicity and a burning sensation to the skin, why would you vape or inhale it directly into your lungs?
Most of the essential oils on the market are adulterated, they are distilled with chemicals such as hexane and many are grown on non-organic soil, so they are also laced with pesticides and or herbicides, do you really want to take that directly into your lungs?
Please be safe when making decisions about using essential oils they are God's gift to us, however just like many things not all essential oils are the same nor do they have the same chemical compounds, essential oils have their own specific purpose for the body. It is important to know your oils, know your source, research and gain a full understanding of the pros and cons of vaping. Some of the safe ways to get the full benefit of an essential oil is to diffuse, inhale, or apply to the skin. Depending on the essential oil, (a carrier oil may be necessary).
Sandra Sorbin CCAP. Aromatherapy Instructor