The Aromahead Blog - Aromatherapy Education and Resources
Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime . . . ahh, sweet, fresh citrus essential oils!
They have such vibrant, zesty energy and smell so good when you diffuse them or use them in topical blends...
But wait! Citrus essential oils are phototoxic! Can you really use them in topical blends?
It's true, I'm having a love affair with my citrus essential oils. And why not? They're uplifting and supportive . . . of our immune systems! We can use them for cleaning and diffusing into the air. Their aromas are familiar and bright. Citrus essential oils are inexpensive, and great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. And how about keeping your cutting board clean? […]
Did you know that some citrus essential oils are not phototoxic? If you’ve been avoiding all citrus oils out of concerns over phototoxicity, you can still use a few citrus oils without worrying about potential phototoxic skin reactions. Citrus oils can generally be used without phototoxic concern if you stay within the proper safety guidelines. But for many aromatherapists, client compliance can be an issue--and even with compliance, there may be exceptions (someone might have a phototoxic reaction to a citrus oil even when used in the safe dilutions offered below). Likewise, if you’re a beginner, you may be uncomfortable keeping track of the dilution guidelines needed to ensure that phototoxic oils aren’t posing an issue. […]
When working with essential oils, it is absolutely imperative that you have an understanding of essential oil safety. Essential oils are much safer than over-the-counter drugs and chemicals, but it’s still important to know what you’re doing and know that some concerns exist. […]