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Aromatherapy is an alternative healing technique, which has been in existence for a long time. It is a natural healing process in which essential oils are used for treating different health problems like sleeplessness, headache, and weight loss. Although, essential oils are obtained from plant extracts and are safe for use, like any other therapy even aromatherapy has some side effects. Here are 4 common side-effects of aromatherapy:

Skin irritation
Essential oils are natural and safe, but still few people experience allergic reactions. It can be caused either after inhaling essential oil or by massaging it on different parts of the body. An allergic reaction might lead to mild irritation and redness. Allergy occur when you immune system interferes with allergen, which can cause redness and itching.

Evening primrose is a plant native to North and South America. It also grows throughout Europe and parts of Asia. It has yellow flowers which open at sunset and close during the day. The oil from the seeds of evening primrose is most often used to make medicine.

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How does it work ?

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Bleeding disorders: Because krill oil can slow blood clotting, there is concern that it might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders. Until more is known, people with such conditions should use krill oil cautiously.

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Hellgren, K. Assessment of Krillase chewing gum for the reduction of gingivitis and dental plaque. J Clin Dent 2009;20(3):99-102. View abstract.

Multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, monotherapy study of Neptune Krill oil (NKO) in early stage Alzheimer’s disease. 2009.