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Use Caution With Photosensitive Oils

Author: Artemis A.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 07-22-2009
Views: 6,776
Word Count: 182
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 3663-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 1

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I've followed the emotional-release procedure as mentioned in the book "Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils", touching my forehead with the oil after applying it on the "alarm point"....after few wks of application 7x a day, my forehead-skin got some brown for sensitive skin with face oil-application!! - Ariane S. (Switzerland)

Artemis' reply: Hi Ariane, I've been caught with the "brown spots" too, when I first started with the oils (eight years ago now). It means that you have been putting blends containing citrus oils (Orange, Lemon, Bergamot) on your forehead.

Citrus oils are photosensitive, and this means that they make the skin more sensitive to UV light. They can result in brown patches that need to wear off (taking up to 6 weeks to disappear). It's best to only use these blends underneath clothing, if you are going to be in sunlight within 72 hours. Hope this helps explain it.

Joy was the blend that did it for me - I put it on my chest, and ended up with a lovely brown mark there for a couple of weeks.

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Supporting Scientific Study
photosensitive - "Topical high-concentration L-menthol is the only established human experimental pain model to study mechanisms underlying cold hyperalgesia. We aimed at investigating the combinatorial effect of cold stimuli and topical L-menthol on cold pain and secondary mechanical hyperalgesia. Cold detection threshold and cold pain threshold (CPT) increased after L-menthol and remained high after the cold rekindling cycles.... Skin blood flow increased after L-menthol and stayed stable after cold cycles. Repeated application of cold on skin treated by L-menthol facilitated and prolonged L-menthol-induced cold pain and hyperalgesia."Link

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