Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1995 Nov; 115(27): 3369-70.
[Contact allergy to essential oils]
Hudavdelingen, UllevÃ¥l sykehus, Oslo.
Ethereal oils are widely used, in food, toothpaste, as flavouring agents in perfumes and cosmetics, and in dermatological treatment, as antiseptics, adstringenta, antipruritic tinctures, lotions and pomades. The use of ethereal oils seems to have increased in recent years, probably due to a growing interest in alternative medicine, and especially aromatherapy. By describing the cases of three patients with allergic contact dermatitis, we wish to point out possible unwanted side effects of using ethereal oils.