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


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Posted by Nick on October 18, 2002 at 00:21:01:

In reply to: Re: All citrus oils are phototoxic to some degree unless those particular constituents have been removed posted by Stacey on October 17, 2002 at 23:58:32:

Yes, bergamot is a doozy...
i have also never experienced problems on myself with citrus oils,
but i think Catherine has a nasty reaction... sweet orange is
phototoxic too, or so i thought, which was why i stopped using it in
my paste on clients.
~Nick


: 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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