Essential oils and the art of using pleasant-smelling liquids to cure health problems is enjoying a renaissance in popularity once again. While it could be easy to argue it’s just another harmless (if not misleading) health fad, essential oils can pose an immediate danger if you have pets or kids in the house.
Earlier this year, a Facebook post caused a freak out among animal lovers after claiming a cat was poisoned by eucalyptus oil used in a diffuser. Fortunately, Ernie the cat has since recovered, but he reportedly suffered from some fairly worrying symptoms.
“The first couple days I didn’t notice any symptoms with Ernie, but on the fourth day, he was lethargic, unstable on his feet and was drooling excessively,” the Facebook post (since deleted) explained.