Let’s Chat About Phototoxicity &

News from the Young Living Essential Oils’ Grand Convention

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My Story of Getting “Burned” By the Sun and the Oily Connectio

With awareness that my blog may be overlooked this weekend due to the excitement of the oily event of the year, don’t go away! I’m going to share on that later too!

For now, I decided to start with the sunny topic first. This is for a few reasons:

(1) Those who are tuning in at later dates won’t need to fast forward through the old news. They can just hit stop at the end of the topic.

(2) This is a subject everyone needs to be aware of… if they go out in the sun and love essential oils. Whether you are heading out to soak up the rays with dad this weekend, and/or, touring the great outdoors and farm of Young Living Essential Oils, you’ll want to read on!

(3) If this  “oily naturopathic doc” got a little too lax in her respect for the phototoxic potential of certain essential oils, twice, I thought I better ‘fess up again. Why not use this opportunity to take my lemon (oil) moment (literally) to make some oily-infused lemonade for everyone!

Hopefully, now I’ll get it nailed in my brain that no one can get lazy about the discoloring effects of a combination of some beloved essential oils and a long day in the sun!

My full story can be found here. It is a bittersweet tale of slathering on lemon oil the night prior to boogying on my paddle board. Regardless of using coconut oil and peppermint oil, the SPF was not enough to be able overcome the cellular reaction of my skin. (source, source, source, source, source, source)

Earlier this week, I went into all the details on how this happened*… at the biochemical level.

*Note: There was an empty space in my cupboard where my favorite sunscreen had previously resided. 

This video blog is a quick review of the basic points. This way, you can go out and safely enjoy the sun with dad and/or other oily lovers while you keep your skin healthy, glowing, and with even tone.

Welcome to the science of phototoxicity.


What Phototoxicity Is NOT

Let’s look at what it isn’t to understand what it is better.

There are two types of phototoxicity.  An article from Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery reports:

  • Photosensitivity may be phototoxic or photoallergic. Phototoxicity is much more common…
  • Photoallergy is an uncommon acquired altered reactivity dependent on an immediate antibody or a delayed cell mediated reaction.
  • This nine-page PDF goes into all the biochemistry for those who want all the details.


What Is Phototoxicity?



In Geek Speak

It is my belief that my uneven skin tone is the result of a reaction between the furanocoumarins (FCs) in lemon essential oil with the DNA in my cells. The sun caused this crosslinking response.

I don’t believe I’m producing antibodies or having an allergic response to lemon oil, as FCs are more likely to cause reactions that are “phototoxic.” (Check out that nine-page PDF.)


In English

It’s when you go out in the sun after slathering on certain essential oils and return to a skin reaction. Often it appears to be a burn, redness, and/or uneven color.


What NOT to Do About Phototoxicity



We do NOT need to go running around screaming in circles and frantically collecting our citrus oil bottles to pack them away for a rainy day!

There is no need to avoid all citrus oils or other oils listed that can cause this increase in probability of sunburn or sun response.


What TO DO About Phototoxicity

Here’s what to do:

  • It is best to wait 12-18 hours before exposure to the sun when applying certain essential oils. (source, source)
  • Cover the application area of the offending oily slathering, if you weren’t prepared to lay off them the morning or evening prior to a day in the sun.
  • Be aware of what oils cause this response. An article on Aromaweb lists all the essential oils that you need to be careful of and a summary of the major points.
  • Learn tips on the YLEO blog on what to do if you get caught in the rays with a skin altering oil in your cute lil’ dainty or manly hands.

These include: getting into the shade, rinsing with cold water, and diluting the area of exposure with vegetable oil.

  • Don’t freak out about a few drops of ingestion.

I’m looking into this in a detail for a follow up blog. In reviewing the research, it seems to me to be all about dosage and timing.

Disclaimer: IF you’re one of those sensitive types and/or don’t want to take any chances, then Do NOT drink and citrus-sip in the sun.


That’s the topic of week!

To end on a really good note, remember we do have a non-chemical, toxic-free sunscreen that is oil-infused and phototoxic free!

Let me know your thoughts and experience of fun in the sun with essential oils!

For those who are listening or reading and don’t want to go into the “Ra-Ra,” you can stop here.

For those who share my love of this day, or, who want a review of the amazing releases for 2018 from YLEO…then listen or read on.


The 2018 Young Living International Grand Convention is HERE!

I may even just break out into a jig here… It’s the Oily Best Time of the Year

It’s one of my favorite occasions, second only to the most wonderful time! ?

For the next few days, all Young Living Essential Oils’ fans and borderline fanatics are bonding in Utah to learn from some of the best of the best on the science of essential oils, the amazing business opportunity of sharing what we love, product education, and all other things related to essential oils and Young Living!

This year, the theme is in celebrating the health, financial, and emotional Freedom we have just under our noses!

For someone like me, who has a great appreciation and borderline obsession with essential oils, it’s a geek-out, social gathering, extravaganza.

Alas, this year, I had some personal conflicts. ?

I was elated that for the first time EVER, I can still get many of the benefits of YLEO’s yearly convention by purchasing a Digital Ticket!

Yup, I got my golden ticket!

With it, I get access to:

  • Trainings
  • Workshops
  • Behind the Scene Exclusive Interviews
  • Product Offers
  • Purchasing the New Product Releases ASAP
  • And More…

The coolest thing is that I, and other golden ticket holders, get access to educational workshops through July 31st!!

Here’s the link again if you want a view for yourself!


A Few Other Options (for Free!)  

If you’re low on cash this month, you don’t have to wait to learn and join in the fun of the live event from after reports!

You can mosey on over to Facebook and click on the pages of Lindsey Elmore and the Young Living Training and Education Team. They provide video updates and unveil the newest offerings to our YLEO product line!

New products include: additions to the Savvy Mineral line, MightyPro probiotic and prebiotic for kids, OTC Acne Cream and SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen, and so much more!

Here’s the 20-minute Facebook video review by the Training and Education Team.

Also, make sure to follow my blog for my review of the releases from the convention!

I may even just surprise you and pop in on my BreakFree Medicine Facebook page before then too!

We shall see…it’s dad dependent.


Don’t Forget About June’s Promotions

Since the focus of the company is going to be on convention releases, guess what, you may just need to load up your cart again before things get sold out!

This means you get more opportunities to place orders and get more freebies from this month’s promotions. It includes orange vitality™ (ER exclusive), Roman chamomile, cypress (ER exclusive), lemongrass, citronella, lavender, and M-Grain™!

Get the details here and/or watch a quick video from our Training and Education Team. Stay tuned for my blog highlighting the benefits!

Now everyone can stop listening or reading.

Go have some fun and oil up safely for the sun.


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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)

Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.

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