Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. We know many of you will be relaxing at the pool, enjoying family barbecues, spending time in the mountains or at the beach, and more. We want you and your family to stay safe this summer by using essential oils in the most effective ways possible.
The sun is incredibly inviting, boosting your day when you go outside and get that natural vitamin D. However, you should be aware some of your family’s favorite citrus oils shouldn’t be applied topically before direct exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation makes up about 10% of sunlight. When it encounters certain substances, it starts a series of chemical and biological reactions. This immune system reaction is known as photosensitization. Some essential oils contain organic compounds known as furocoumarins, which make some people’s skin more sensitive to the effects of UV radiation. When photosensitive skin is exposed to UV radiation, it may cause free radicals to form, damaging cellular membranes, organelles, and proteins and resulting in temporary darkening of skin pigment and irritation—much like a sunburn. More extreme exposure may cause hives or burns. Continue reading to find out which essential oils, blends, and products to be aware of.
For the safety and convenience of our customers, we’ve assembled some of the essential oils and blends that are photosensitive into a list. Know that this isn’t an exhaustive list—other essential oils, blends and products can pose a risk for photosensitivity. You should always read the label of an essential oil before you use it.
For all photosensitive essential oils, avoid sunlight and UV rays for at least 12 hours after application.
doTERRA On Guard®
Slim & Sassy®
For more information about photosensitivity and essential oils, watch our video with Dr. Amy Wolthoff, Dermatologist.