Phototoxic Essential Oils
Aromatherapy can be used in various ways to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. However, it's important to be aware of the potential risks associated with their use, particularly in relation to phototoxicity. Phototoxicity refers to the skin's increased sensitivity to sunlight or ultraviolet (UV) radiation when certain substances, such as specific essential oils, are applied topically. When phototoxic essential oils are used and the skin is exposed to sunlight or UV rays, it can lead to adverse reactions, ranging from mild irritation to severe burns which take a long time to heal.