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Photosensitivity & Essential Oils

If you like to use essential oils in your topical blends, be mindful before going into the sun. Some essential oils like Bergamot, cold expressed Lemon, Lime & Bitter Orange, when exposed to the sun or UV light, can cause moderate to severe redness (sunburn), irritation, and/or possible blistering for up to 72 hours after use. (This reaction can also happen if you use tanning beds).  Expressed or distilled Grapefruit is a slightly lower risk. So use common sense, caution, and cover-up. (Other essential oils that may cause a skin reaction are  Angelica Root, Cumin, Rue, Cinnamon Bark & Verbena). 

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