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Woman's Warning About Third-Degree Burns from Essential Oils Is a Must-Read for Everyone

This mom posted a PSA to Facebook after she applied essential oils before using a tanning bed and ended up with severe burns to her wrists and neck.

It seems every time I go on Facebook these days, a friend is trumpeting the amazing benefits of using essential oils. (To be fair, several of them are selling the stuff.) But now, a woman's post about a scary experience with essential oils involving burned skin is showing another side of what can happen when you use these oils improperly.

Elise Nguyen recounts how she applied doTERRA essential oils to her wrists and neck, and went to a hot yoga class and then a tanning bed. (She explains about the tanning bed visit: "I was going to Jamaica for a wedding and I didn't want to fry my skin off while there.") 

But then, Nguyen writes, "The next day, I noticed irritation where I applied the oil. Initially I thought it was a reaction to a new laundry detergent. Well over the next couple of days, I developed nasty blisters due to a chemical burn."

The photos of what happened to Nguyen's skin are seriously upsetting.

She continues in her post, "Turns out, there is a teeny tiny caution on the oil that states 'stay out of sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application' or something like that. I developed second and third degree burns from the oils."

"I still have open areas and they still hurt if I hit them wrong," Nguyen writes, adding, "I'm not blaming the company, it was my own damn fault. But every yogi that I've talked to has no clue that this could have happened. So as summer is getting closer, and the weather is getting nicer, I just want everyone to be aware of this. Please, please read the bottles of anything you put on your skin. I wouldn't want this to happen to anyone else. It's been hell."

We reached out to Nguyen to find out more about her experience, but did not receive a response.

Ultimately, Nguyen's warning serves as an important reminder to read labels carefully and fully before putting anything on your skin. It's also an opportunity to recall another important caution about using essential oils, which is the fact that they can be a poisoning hazard for kids.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.