While researching safety issues related to essential oil use, the Aromatherapy United team realized no one in the industry was actually collecting reports on injuries or adverse effects. It turns out that the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy had discontinued collecting these reports sometime in the past year or so, without anyone but the person responsible for removing it realizing it.
So Aromatherapy United team-member and former NAHA Safety Committee Chairperson, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, volunteered to take over the responsibility for collecting these reports. There is an enormous amount of pressure from the companies who are promoting the activities which lead to these injuries and adverse effects, to keep these incidents hidden. That is one reason Aromatherapy United has moved into the next phase of safety advocacy. Going forward, we will be both hosting reports and working with Sylla and her school, the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, one of our sponsors, to facilitate collecting these reports.
Since early in 2014, the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy has been collecting data on cases of injury and adverse effects of essential oils. These Reports outline experiences from individuals, who were directly impacted, or had direct observation of the adverse effects upon an individual who used the essential oil/blend. Reports were completed by those individuals.
Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy Injury Reports
- Injury Report 2014
- Top 10 Worst Injuries from Essential Oils of 2014
- Injury Report February 2015
- Injury Report October 2015
- NEW Injury Report 2016