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Aromatherapy Safety

Definitions and oils effected.

Term Definition Essential Oils
Irritant Reactions from mild itch to burn when oil comes in contact with the skin.  When the irritant is removed the reaction starts healing. Basil
Benzoin
Birch
Black Pepper
Cassia
Clove
Cinnamon
Fig leaf
Ginger
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lemon Verbena

Mustard
Oregano
Peppermint
Pimento Berry
Pine
Tagetes
Red Thyme
Wintergreen

Photosensitization (phototoxicity) When oil placed on skin reacts to ultra violet light causing discoloration to burns.  This can mean any ultra violet light that is in the atmosphere even on cloudy days.  Angelica
Bergamot*
Bitter orange
Cumin
Dill
Grapefruit (cold pressed)
Lemon (cold pressed as well as distilled)

 
Lemon verbena
Lime
Orange
Mandarin
Tagetes
Tangerine (cold pressed)
Yuzu
 
Allergens / Sensitizers More severe than irritation causing reactions from mild itching and rashes to anaphylactic shock.  Involves the immune system which may not be evident at first use. Elecampane
Cassia
Costus
Cinnamon bark
Fennel (Bitter)
Oakmoss
Peru balsam (Cold pressed banned)
Rue
Savin (Banned)
Tea absolute (Banned)
Verbena (Banned)
 
Carcinogenic Causes cancer. Calamus
Juniperus oxycedrus
Sassafras (Banned)
Basil
Toxic Poisonous Horseradish (Banned)
Juniperus sabina (Banned)
Mustard (Banned)
Wormseed (Banned)
Wormwood (Banned)
almond, bitter
inula
khella
pennyroyal
sassafras
thuja
wintergreen

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