My good friend Emily Carpenter has this wonderful Blog called Marvy Moms. It started out as a coupon blog and became so much more. Now it is all about Aromatherapy and Herbal facts and has wonderful information on it. Recently she started a section called "Snapshots of an Aromatherapist" and has been interviewing those who are Certified in Aromatherapy. She recently featured me. I am putting in the website but please read all that is there.
Skin sensitization is a type of allergic reaction. The oil may not produce any reaction on the first contact, however once the allergen has penetrated the skin, the body’s immune system reacts to fight off the invader causing a rash on the skin.Sensitization reactions can also take the form of inflammation, breathlessness, nausea or headache. It is actually possible to become sensitized to any essential oil even Lavender which is supposed to be one of the gentlest of all Essential Oils. The other problem that arises is you can be sensitized for life from an essential oil and can NEVER use this oil again.
One should also do a “patch test” prior to using any oil so you know in advance if you may be allergic to that oil. You can do this by applying the essential oil (with a carrier oil) to the inside of your elbow. If there is no reaction within a days’ time you should be fine.
6 drops of Essential Oil = 1 large lemon
It takes around 30-60 roses to make 1 drop of oil- and therein lies the price of rose, and the intense concentration
7 lbs of Lavender to make 30 mls (1 oz)
Would you consider rubbing 60 roses on your skin? I would hope not!
This is why it is so important to use a carrier oil and to dilute the oils properly.
There are certain oils which are more high risk to sensitization. They are as follows: Bay Pimento racemose, Cinnamon bark Cinnamomum zevlanicum, Clove Bud Syzgium aromaticum, Citronella Cymbopogon nardus, Cumin Cuminum cyminum, Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus, Lemon verbena Lippia citriodora, Oregano Origanum valgare, and Thyme ct. thymol Thymus vulgaris. Please use great care when using these oils.
Everyone says Aromatherapy works, I know that by those I have worked with, including myself and my family but I would like to know from all of you how it has helped. Please describe what you use essential oils for, and how it has made a difference in your life. Please put a Reply in the form below. Thank You.
This can occur when certain essential oil constituents, particularly furanocoumarins, (natural chemicals found in particular essential oils) react when exposed to Ultraviolet UVA light.
Inflammation, blistering and reddening/burning of the skin are most common to occur.
Citrus oils, as a group, are generally considered to be phototoxic. However, not all citrus essential oils are phototoxic, and the method of extraction as you see in the picture below.
You should not use these essential oils in creams or lotions or lip balms that stay on your skin while you are in the sun.
A hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after steam-distilling or hydro-distilling botanical material such as lavender. The plant matter used in the distillation process imparts the hydrosol with the water-soluble aromatic and therapeutic properties of the plant.
Unlike essential oils that should be diluted prior to application to the skin, hydrosols are much gentler than their essential oil counterparts, it is prudent to treat hydrosols with respect and follow sensible safety precautions. Though hydrosols are generally considered safe for topical use, everyone is different. It is sensible to conduct a skin patch test when trying a hydrosol for the first time. As with essential oils, the rule of thumb is that less is more. Immediately prior to use, consider diluting your hydrosol further so that you use the least amount of hydrosol needed to achieve your desired result and keep from using up your hydrosols as quickly. Hydrosols contain only 0.002 – 0.005% essential oil molecules in 99.9% of the watery cellular water
They are milder and often very effective. They can be used as a room spray and often can be taken in drinks. Just remember 1) use moderation, 2) do not spray directly into the face of a child or pet,
3) use herbs and hydrosols in the bath – about ¼ cup/bath for children and 4).. They can be uses diluted as a diaper rash helper in babies, non diluted as a spray for sleep issues, itchy skin and so much more. The best place to store them in your refrigerator. Take a class with someone who knows and has real education and can teach you like I can all about using them.
Undiluted Use of Essential Oils On the Skin Can Be Harmful and Potentially Cause Severe Irritation or Sensitization.
Treat essential oils with the same care that you treat medicines. If The symptoms of sensitization can vary from individual to individual, but think of it like a skin allergy that results in a severe and/or itchy rash. More severe cases of sensitization can potentially lead to respiratory issues or apparently even anaphylactic shock. Once you develop sensitization to an essential oil, you are likely to remain permanently sensitized to that essential oil, even if you begin to adequately dilute it. You may also develop a reaction to other essential oils as well and will also experience reactions to products that contain these oils.
Always do a patch test prior to using essential oils, just to make sure you are not allergic or sensitive to the oil. Essential Oils are wonderful but you need to know how to use them properly. The best way is with education and finding a good Trained Aromatherapist.