Essential Oils: Be Safe in the Sun


doTERRA essential oils and photosensitivity

When using essential oils, there are a few necessary precautions.  Some essential oils, including many citrus oils,  are photo toxic or photosensitive  which means that they are sensitive to sunlight.  When you use them, you will also be sensitive to sunlight.  If you use these oils before being exposed to sunlight, you can easily burn or develop a rash.    It is recommended that you simply stay out of the sun after using these oils.   The general recommendation is to avoid sunlight for at least 12 hours.  Also avoid UV light and tanning beds.  Of course, you should be avoiding tanning beds anyway but that’s for another blog post.

Just to be safe, avoid the sun after using these oils:

  • Bergamot
  • Cassia
  • Joyful blend
  • Ginger (mild)
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Melissa  (mild)
  • Wild orange

Be safe!


  1. Christy says

    Does this only apply if you use these oils in a sun exposured area or does it also apply for oils that are ingested and applied on your feet, etc?

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