Photosensitivity: Essential Oils to use with Caution

Essential Oils are aromatic compounds that are extracted from  bark, flower, seeds and roots of plants. Essential Oils are beautiful and fragrant. They blend and dance together like musical notes. Well, what could go wrong with something that is so right? Some Essential Oils are Photosensitive.

Photosensitivity refers to the compounds in the oils that interact with light. This reaction can cause your skin to burn leading skin damage and skin cancer.

Citrus oils are the most common photosensitive essential oils because they contain compounds known as furanocumarins. These compounds increase photosensitivity. Here is list of common Essential Oils that should be label checked for photosensitivity:

  • Tangerine

  • Bergamot

  • Lime

  • Lemon

  • Orange

  • Tangerine

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Photosensitivity: Essential Oils to use with Caution


Essential Oils are aromatic compounds that are extracted from  bark, flower, seeds and roots of plants. Essential Oils are beautiful and fragrant. They blend and dance together like musical notes. Well, what could go wrong with something that is so right? Some Essential Oils are Photosensitive.


Photosensitivity refers to the compounds in the oils that interact with light. This reaction can cause your skin to burn leading skin damage and skin cancer.


Citrus oils are the most common photosensitive essential oils because they contain compounds known as furanocumarins. These compounds increase photosensitivity. Here is list of common Essential Oils that should be label checked for photosensitivity:


  • Tangerine
  • Bergamot
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Tangerine

Keep these words in mind as we transition to summer. Your skin is the largest organ system in your body. Treat it well.