it is a photosensitizer!

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on August 7, 2002 at 12:47:30:

In reply to: Re: citronella....smells like it could affect henna stains.......? posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 7, 2002 at 00:52:26:

as is bergamot.
Curious about the difference between someone being sensitive to citrus
oils and to citrus juice on the skin. Do you mean that the lower
concentration of whatever irritants is ok with lemon juice, but not
with any citrus oil? My bottled lemon juice often contains lemon oil...

: I don't know whether citronella is toxic, but I found it irritating to
: the skin, and I believe its one of those that is a phototoxin. That
: means you can get a hellacious sunburn through citronella. Several
: citrus terps do that .... so I don't use them, for the sunburn thing,
: the skin irritation, and ... I've had several people say they're
: allergic to citrus on the skin.


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