After much research by Dr. Naidoo and other staff members, our office feels that in the APPROPRIATE situations, the essential oils may have a much higher benefit to supporting the body’s ability to heal than the use of over the counter medications, and even in some instances, prescriptions. Most medications, whether by prescription or over the counter, contain many synthetic or inert ingredients that have no value to the body, and are actually considered waste that the body must rid. When you have a child whose genetic makeup does not allow their bodies to rid medications effectively, these inert or synthetic ingredients can have negative effects on their health. In these instances, the essential oils can provide non-synthetic, natural agents that actually provide fuel and energy to support healing and wellness. Just as with medications, in some instances, a patient may exhibit a contact irritation with the skin. Again, use of the essential oils in the manner that we recommend typically does not cause any unwarranted side effects. If you decide to use the essential oils in a manner in which we have not recommended, side effects or other problems could occur. There is significant research regarding the benefits of the use of pure essential oils from numerous amounts of research on PubMed and other leading journals. We must remember that many of our pharmaceutical grade therapies were developed from the research on the plants used in essential oils. The essential oils do exert an effect on the body.