Essential Oils to Avoid When Out in The Sun

Essential oils are naturally occurring substances found in flowers, barks, stems, roots, seeds and other parts of the plant. They provide you with exceptional healing properties and have been used, for over 5000 years, due to their tremendous health benefits. However, some of them can cause sun sensitivity, a condition known to many as phototoxicity or photosensitization. It makes the skin sensitive towards the ultraviolet rays and may affect you negatively.

Photosensitivity normally lasts for 12 hours after application. Here are some essential oils that can cause photosensitivity and how to avoid any skin burns:

Bergamot Oil

This excellent citrus oil is known for its potent mood-boosting properties, treating depression, sadness, anxiety, and other anxious feelings. However, it is also the most photosensitive of all essential oils. To still enjoy the benefits without being affected by sunlight, you should use a diffuser or an aroma therapy bracelet instead.

Orange Oil

Just like other citrus oils, wild orange oil is excellent for relieving depression and boosting the mood. However, it’s very photosensitive, and you should avoid sunbathing for 12 hours after applying a few drops on your skin. Alternatively, you can use it on your feet and wear shoes.

Lemon Oil

This type of essential oils works well in cleansing your body, and it promotes a healthy respiratory system. It’s also a great flavor and mood booster, but quite sensitive to sunlight. You should avoid exposure to direct sunlight for at least 12 hours or more after applying it to your skin. Nevertheless, feel free to keep on adding it to your meals and water!

Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit oil is very popular for treating skin blemishes which is why you need to be extra careful. Remember to get the oil on your skin at least 12 hours before you are going to be in direct sunlight.

Essential oils have immense health and cosmetic benefits. However, if you want to use any of the above oils, make sure to use them through a diffuser, aromatherapy bracelet, or just add them to your food and water to still experience the benefits.