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Frequently Asked Questions about the use of essential oils

BfR FAQs, 28 February 2008

Rain, wind and freezing temperatures - the chilly, wet months are the typical season for colds involving runny noses, coughing and sore throats. Many consumers hope that the expectorant action of essential oils containing eucalyptus, peppermint and camphor will offer some relief. They are amongst the ingredients of soothing bath salts, inhalation solutions and chest rubs. However, caution should be exercised when administering cold or soothing products to children. The same applies to perfumed oils or essential oils to be diffused into indoor air from oil lamps. Infants and toddlers in particular may react sensitively to even the minutest amounts of essential oils. There have been reports of numerous cases of intoxications. BfR has compiled the Frequently Asked Questions on "essential oils" below.




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