Recalled Aromatherapy Leads to Hospitalizations, Deaths

Recalled Aromatherapy Leads to Hospitalizations, Deaths

Injured Consumers & Families Can Seek Compensation. Reported Injuries & Side Effects include:

  • Hospitalizations 
  • Melioidosis
  • Deaths
  • Other Dangerous Symptoms


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Victims Suffering from Melioidosis After Contact with Recalled Better Homes and Gardens® Aromatherapy Spray

Melioidosis, also referred to as Whitmore’s disease, is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei.

The bacteria of this disease is found in contaminated soil or liquid, and is spread to humans and animals through direct contact with the contaminated source.

There are various types of melioidosis infections that have local, pulmonary, bloodstream, and disseminated symptoms — all of which are easily confused with other diseases such as tuberculosis or pneumonia.

Some of the more common symptoms of melioidosis include:

  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Respiratory distress
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Joint pain
  • Central nervous system/brain infection

The time between exposure to the emergence of symptoms can range from one day to several years, but is most often two to four weeks.

Victims who have been infected with melioidosis from recalled aromatherapy sprays should seek immediate medical treatment that includes intravenous and/or oral antimicrobial therapies.


Specific Recall Info About Better Homes and Gardens® Aromatherapy Spray

Products Recalled: Better Homes & Gardens-branded Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray With Gemstones in six scents:

  • Lavender & Chamomile (84140411420)
  • Lemon & Mandarin (84140411421)
  • Lavender (84140411422)
  • Peppermint (84140411423)
  • Lime & Eucalyptus (84140411424)
  • Sandalwood & Vanilla (84140411425)


Sold At: About 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at from February 2021 through October 2021 for about $4.


The Problem: The products could be contaminated with a rare and dangerous bacteria.


The Fix: Because of the risk, consumers should immediately stop using the product and carefully follow these steps. 

  • Do not open the bottle. Do not attempt to throw away or dispose of the bottle.
  • Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags and place in a small cardboard box. 
  • Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.
  • Wash sheets or linens that the product may have been sprayed on using normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer. Bleach can be used if desired.
  • Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have been exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner.
  • Minimize handling of the product and wash hands thoroughly after handling the bottle or linens. If wearing gloves, wash your hands thoroughly after removing the gloves.
  • If you have used the product within the past 21 days and experience fever or other symptoms of melioidosis (including pain, swelling, an abscess, chest or stomach pain, cough, headache, joint pain, and disorientation), seek medical care and tell your doctor about the product exposure. Your doctor may recommend that you get antibiotics (post-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent infection.

Recalled Aromatherapy Spray in the News

October 2021

The CDC addresses the recent melioidosis infections from recalled aromatherapy spray in a press release

August 2021

CDC confirms two intercontinental travelers dead from rare bacterial infection

September 2019

UCLA research identifies promising treatment for an uncommon bacterial infection

January 2016

Scientists find bacteria living for several years in distilled water with the ability to kill a human in two days

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