Have you seen the viral photos circulating the internet and Social Media? The photos where after using Essential Oils, one Essential Oil user shows where she is burned and blistered from her using Essential Oils.
I want to share what may be some shocking information with you.
The reaction to her using essential oils could easily happen to any person using essential oils.
Especially when they are not aware of and/or educated on the proper ways of using Essential oils.
What happened to her is a simple mistake many new and veteran oilers can make.
To make sure the same kind of burns and blisters don’t happen to you or your children, I’m here to help coach you. My goal is to help teach you the proper use of photosensitive oils so that someone else's mistake hopefully will never happen to you.
First, I want to stress that this is not Essential Oil Brand related. Any Essential Oil that is photosensitive and used inappropriately can cause burns and blisters. No matter the brand.
So what happened?
She simply applied a photosensitive essential oil to her skin and then later exposed her skin to UV rays causing a severe burn and skin discoloration to the areas she had used Essential Oils.
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So what does the term Photosensitive Essential Oil mean in the essential oil world?
Photosensitive Essential Oils
It is an essential oil that after being applied to the skin and then exposed to sunlight or Ultraviolet light can cause a chemical reaction on the skin.
Young Living states that after using essential oils that are photosensitive you should “avoid direct sunlight and UV rays for at least 12 hours after application to skin.”
The total amount of time to avoid direct sunlight and UV rays will depend on the blend or single oil so it is always a good idea to research each oil to check.
Some Photosensitive Essential Oils will require up to 72 hrs of avoiding sunlight and UV rays.
I like to use the Young Living website to do my research and I do that by looking up the product itself and reading about it in the product description.
When in doubt either don’t use the oil or avoid the sun for a minimum of 12 hrs.
Using Essential Oils that are Photosensitive in the sun
If a photosensitive oil is applied to the skin and then you expose it to sunlight or UV rays you risk the chances of skin discoloration in mild cases to burning and blistering in more severe cases.
A word of caution-
I’ve had several people tell me, “Well I use sunscreen so I should be okay.” Essential Oils are absorbed into the skin where Sunscreen can’t reach or protect. So you are still at risk.
others have said…. “Well I will just wash and rinse off the photosensitive oil”- Again, Essential Oils are absorbed into the skin super fast. Using water and soap or even a carrier oil to rinse it off will not help.
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How do you know which Essential Oils Are Photosensitive?
To help in knowing if your essential oils are photosensitive check out these lists. Oils listed are for Young Living oils and information has been pulled from the Young Living Website. I still strongly suggest you take the time to educate yourself on each oil.
Young Living Photosensitive Single Essential Oils
- Jade Lemon
*Extra precaution should be taken with starred oils. Sun may need to be avoided for up to 72 hours.
Young Living Photosensitive Essential Oil Blends
Important Note- A few of these blends if you look them up on the Young Living website, do not specify that they are photosensitive. But in looking at the ingredients, they contain one or more of the Photosensitive Single oils so I’ve included them in my list. Again, I urge you to do your own research.
- Build Your Dream*
- Christmas Spirit
- Citrus Fresh*
- Common Sense*
- Dream Catcher
- Gentle Baby
- Inner Child
- Inner Harmony
- Into the Future
- Lady Sclareol
- Live with Passion
- Oola Balance*
- Oola Grow*
- Peace & Calming
- Slique Essence
- Stress Away
- White Angelica*
*Extra precaution should be taken with starred oils.
I’ve created an easy to print Photosensitive Oil List that you can download and print to keep handy. I keep a copy of it with my Life Science Desk Reference Guide so that it’s handy when I’m researching my Young Living Essential Oils.
Click the below image to get your copy of the Young living Photosensitive Oils List.
New Young Living Premium Starter Kit Oil Users
If you are new to essential oils and have a Young Living premium starter kit you should be careful of using Lemon, Thieves, and Stress Away in sunlight and tanning beds as they are photosensitive.
Does ingesting citrus essential oils in water increase your risk of sunburn?
I will be honest it totally surprised me when I saw the answer to the question-
When ingesting essential oils, can some oils make you more sensitive to sun?
The answer is yes, it is possible that ingesting citrus essential oils can also increase the risk of sunburn.
Lindsey Elmore who is a pharmacist and essential oil advocate wrote this great article on the effects of ingesting essential oils and the risk of sunburn. She is way more knowledgable than me on the science of oils and her article really helped clarfiy my questions.
Products made by Young Living containing Photosensitive oils
The Young Living website states the products such as creams, soaps and beauty products containing Photosensitive oils are created with a process that removes the Photosensitivity so that their products can be used safely in the sun.
I would still use caution and check their website for each product you have questions about to make sure.
Being mindful of photosensitive oils is why I created my Perfect Summer Skin Serum last summer.
The last thing I wanted was to cause a reaction using my favorite Skin Serum made from my Starter Kit of oils.
It contains Lemon, so if you want to still make the Original Favorite Skin Serum with your Young Living Premium Starter Kit oils I would make the recipe and leave out the lemon.
Don’t forget all those other wonderful DIY products you’ve made using essential oils!
Here is a list of some DIY Essential Oil products you may have created and use daily that you might want to double check for using Essential Oils that are Photosensitive.
DIY Lip Balms
It takes just one moment to double check your DIY arsenal when even the minor reaction to photosensitive oils can take weeks to heal.
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