Weekend Oily Tip: Can You Have Phototoxic Reactions from Sipping on Citrus Essential Oils?

With summertime here and New Yorkers amid a major heat wave, it’s a great time to sit back, relax, and…. to make sure you watch this video!

This is because you don’t want to make the same mistake I did by applying essential oils to your skin and heading out to catch some sun rays!

Rather, we must all be aware of and respect the phototoxic potential of certain essential oils.  This is because some are sun-sensitizing and can become “activated” by exposure to UV rays and cause inflammatory skin responses.

The good news is there is no need to freak out about using some of your favorite essential oils in the summertime. There are precautions to avoid these unwanted consequences. The most important one is to know which oils can cause this response, which I review in this video.

Although I discussed this topic previously, this video brings it to completion.

I needed to answer the residual, burning questions percolating in your beautiful brains.

You asked a question that never occurred to me and was sparked by my own mother also bringing my attention to it, courtesy of Lindsey Elmore, Pharm.D., BCPS.

“What about ingesting these same essential oils? Is my skin still safe if I don’t slather them on but still imbibe some citrus essential oils in the sun?”

So, I got to work and dug up the research and I’m here to report it to you!

Watch the video to get my summary of the science “distilled” down from the articles in an easy-to-understand way. In 16-action-packed minutes, I cover:

  1. What I’ve observed regarding this topic from my clinical experience with essential oils.
  2. A comparison of the concepts of sensitization to essential oils, allergies, and phototoxicity responses.
  3. Some safety standards and dilution methods that you may not be aware of for using these sun-sensitizing essential oils.
  4. My final conclusions on ingestion and why I still sip on Citrus Fresh™ in the sun.

Knowing that I gave all my readers and the world wide web all the details I have, I can now rest easier that all oilers can keep their skin a glistening, even tone of brown versus the patchy, discoloration that can be found on my calves.

Please let me know your experiences and thoughts…we all learn best together!

Feel free to contact me, or the oiler who shared this video with you, with any questions.


References for This Video

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* Please note that the studies from PubMed aren’t specific for Young Living.

*Note: Young Living Essential Oils exceed verification of purity of other essential oil companies using their patented Seed to Seal® guarantee and obsessive verification of quality, much further beyond GC/MS.

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. (Independent Distributor, 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.

Thanks NatPath for the image!