Has Anyone Ever Died from Essential Oils?
Over a 2 year period from 2010-2012 there were zero deaths from essential oil use as reported by the NPDS (National Poison Data Systems) as put out by the annual report from the American Association of Poison Control Centres. On the flip side, during 2010 alone there was reported to the CDC (Centre for Disease Control), 40,393 drug-induced deaths in just the United States. The CDC also states that 44 people in the United States die every day from overdosing on prescription painkillers. Every day!
JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) did a study from 1993-1998 and found 212,000 deaths in the United States from physician administered procedures as well as properly administered prescription drugs. Essential oils in a negative light are nowhere to be found on the internet database of the CDC, but interestingly they are called out as potentially toxic by the FDA. Money plays a large role in our lives and has a lot of power.
The actual deaths from essential oil are incredibly small and, to date, only a scant few have been reported over the last one hundred years. A couple of children who somehow were able to ingest 1-2 ounces of an essential oil (Eucalyptus was sited in one report and Wintergreen in another). Two adult deaths were reported from women trying to abort their unborn babies. They drank an entire bottle of Wormwood, successfully killing their unborn baby as well as themselves.
As you can see, deaths from essential oil use are extremely rare and the ones that have been reported are from a major lack of common sense. As adults we need to keep essential oils out of reach from small children and we need to educate our older children of their proper use. While essential oils are powerful, when used properly and from a reputable company that only provides the purest oils, they will only enhance your health rather than hinder it.
Reference: The Essential Oil Truth - The Facts without the Hype - by Jen O'Sullivan