Can essential oils cause an asthma attack? I recently heard about teachers who were having asthma attacks because parents of their students were using essential oils.
Essential oils are the natural compounds that can be found in roots, flowers, bark, stem or seeds of plants. Some people believe they have healing powers.
Essential oils can smell quite strong, and the problem with that is in my opinion, essential oils can fall under the "irritant" category of causing asthma attacks. Irritants are strong scents that can cause asthma attacks. It can be cigarette smoke, cleaning agents, perfumes, etc.
Keep in mind that when you have asthma, your body "over-reacts" to simple things. Things that don't bother other "normal" people-like being around pets, breathing cold air, eating certain foods, exercising, etc, can bother someone with asthma. There's a whole list of things that can cause asthma attacks.
And just because it doesn't cause a problem for you, doesn't meant that it isn't a problem for someone else. I'm not bothered by certain medications, but other people are. That doesn't mean it's not an asthma trigger, just that it is for them.
I found one website that talked about asthma and essential oils. This is from Escents Aromatherapy:
Many aromatherapy books warn against using essential oils to treat asthma. Some asthma sufferers are sensitive to fragrance and find that it triggers attacks. While you don't want to make the situation any worse, aromatherapy, using essential oils, can offer promising results when used with care. Because asthma sufferers can be extremely sensitive to scent, do a sniff test first. Test the essential oils or blend of oils you want to try by simply sniffing it to make sure there is no adverse reaction.
Just one more thing to think about when you have asthma and a body that over-reacts to irritants. We need to protect our lungs, they're the only set we have!