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Photosensitivity with Essential Oils

Summer is all about fun in the sun with your family. Essential oils play a big part in the health of my family so I always want to make sure that I am using them in a way that will be beneficial and not hurt myself or my family.

Essential oil safety is important because each doTERRA essential oil is pure and potent. With the summer months upon us, here are a few safety tips to keep your essential oil experiences positive.

  • With school out, young children have more time at home. They often are bored and spend their time exploring the home. Keep your oils in a safe place out of the reach of children. Remind your children that essential oils should be used with a parent. A great way to include your children is to let them pick the oil you are going to diffuse. The uplifting or calming scents that fill your home can contribute to keeping a positive atmosphere and can help dispel hard feelings after an argument.
  • Look at the labels and follow directions closely, especially if you are trying oils for the first time. Many oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil. For application convenience, many of doTERRA’s most popular oils are prediluted with a carrier oil as part of our Touch line. The Peppermint touch roller is a summer favorite for many because of its cooling effects on the skin. When applying to your face, avoid contact with your eyes, nose, or ears.
  • The sun is inviting and it’s nice to be able to get that much needed, natural vitamin D outside. However, be aware that some of your family’s favorite citrus oils should be avoided topically before direct sunlight or exposure to artificial UV rays due to photosensitivity.
  • When ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a form of radiation which makes up approximately 10% of sunlight, comes in contact with particular substances it can initiate a series of chemical and biological reactions. This immune system reaction is known as photosensitization. Some essential oils contain organic compounds known as furocoumarins that make some people’s skin more sensitive to the effects of UV radiation. When photosensitive skin is exposed to UV radiation, it may cause the formation of free radicals, inflicting damage to cellular membranes, organelles, and proteins. Acutely, this may result in temporary darkening of skin pigment and irritation, much like a sunburn. More extreme exposure may cause hives or burns.

For the safety and convenience of doTERRA customers they have identified and labeled the following essential oils and blends as photosensitive:

  • Aromatouch
  • Bergamot
  • doTERRA Breathe
  • Citrus Bliss
  • Cumin
  • Elevation
  • Grapefruit
  • InTune
  • Kumquat
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • doTERRA OnGuard
  • Purify
  • Slim & Sassy
  • Sunny Citrus
  • Tangerine
  • Wild Orange
  • Zendocrine
  • dōTERRA Cheer
  • dōTERRA Motivate
  • dōTERRA Forgive

Many of the blends have a citrus oil component to them.

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