Allergy to essential oils

Discussion of oils, blends, and application methods for relief of skin conditions falling into the "irritated" category.
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sunshine2
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Allergy to essential oils

Post by sunshine2 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:39 am

I am allergic to pine trees (we have tons in NC). So would I be able to use pine needle oil? What about the other evergreens? Could they cause a reaction also since they are all in the same "family"?

Sue Cruz
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Re: Allergy to essential oils

Post by Sue Cruz » Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:31 am

Hi sunshine2,

When it comes to allergies, I think it is best to err on the side of caution. Essential oils are "super concentrated", and there is a possibility that your reaction to the essential oils could be more severe than your reaction to the actual trees. It would probably be best for you to stay away from all the evergreen oils. Of course, I am no expert, but I think it is better to be "safe" than "sorry".

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Re: Allergy to essential oils

Post by Ananda Staff » Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:59 pm

Hi Sunshine2,

Do you find that you're allergies act up when the pollen is coming off the trees? I've noted this myself, but have not had an allergic reaction to an essential oil. You can do a simple test, by putting just a drop on the inside of your forearm, and see if your skin reacts that way -- that's a good start, and safe. Any redness or irritation and you'll know not to use the oil. If none appears, you can then try small inhalations of the aroma.

There's really only one oil that's frequently mentioned for those with allergic reactions to ragweed and the like to avoid, which is Chamomile. And the "drop on the arm" test is the 'standard' for checking if you're ok with a particular essential oil.

Hope it helps!

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