Re: All citrus oils are phototoxic to some degree unless those particular constituents have been removed


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Posted by Stacey on October 17, 2002 at 23:58:32:

In reply to: All citrus oils are phototoxic to some degree unless those particular constituents have been removed posted by Nick (no text) on October 17, 2002 at 22:09:15:

Yes, you are right about some citrus oils... especially bergamot!
Don't use bergamot, no matter what, unless you're in Alaska and
don't have much sun exposure. Personally I buy my bergamot with the
bergaptene removed so I minimize my liability. I have not had any
trouble with sweet orange or grapefruit in terms of
photosensitivity, and they smell wonderful so people love them.
Thanks for your reply... this is the absolute best place to converse
with people who have *intelligent* things to say! :)
Stacey


: : What
: : : do you guys mean when you say "terp"-ing? Are you adding oils
: that
: : : are supposed to contain terpenes (or monoterpenes)?
: :
: : Yep.
: :
: : If that's the
: : : case, I have been reading that people use cardamom and cajeput
to
: : : terp their paste? Well, if you are interested, cardamom only
: : : contains 6% terpenes and cajeput (member of the melaleuca
family)
: : : contains less than 10%. My friend, a fellow aromatherapist,
and
: I
: : : have been using just plain ol' Indian-store Mumtaz henna with
: oils
: : : that contain 85-95% terpenes and are getting fantastic stains
: that
: : : last weeks (with very short light orange periods). In our
: : : aromatherapy manuals we have found that the oils that contain
the
: : : highest terpenes are most citrus oils (especially pink
grapefruit
: : : and sweet orange) and the pines (mostly Siberian fir needle)
(I
: : : would not recommend using the pines since many people
experience
: : : allergic reactions and most people get along well with the
citrus
: : : oils).
: :
: : The citrus oils have difficulties with being out in the
sunlight.
: I
: : believe the term is "phototoxic". I'm not sure exactly what
they
: do,
: : but once people start using words like "vomiting" and "rash", I
: look
: : elsewhere.
: : The terp levels in cardamom, cajeput, ravensara, and certain
: : eucalyptuses, among others, are quite enough for our purposes.
: : besides, I LOVE the smell of cardamom paste!
: :
: : My main recipe is to use lemon juice for the main
: : : constituent, then pink grapefruit, sweet orange or lime (2 or
3
: : : different ones).
: :
: : I know that lemon oil and citronella are unfriendly when exposed
to
: : sunlight. I don't know the relative values of each of these
oils
: but
: : what's true for lemon is usually true for lime. I think Orange
is
: : okay, but I wouldn't swear to it.
: : Lauren

 


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