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Essential Oils That May Cause Dermal Irritation and Skin Sensitization

Essential Oils That May Cause Skin SensitizationThe undiluted use of essential oils on the skin can potentially cause severe irritation or sensitization. Read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils to learn the precautions that you need to know and learn how to easily dilute your essential oils prior to topical application.

The below charts list display the essential oils that, even when diluted, are more likely to cause dermal irritation or sensitization.

When using an essential oil for the first time, perform a skin patch test. You can learn how to do a skin patch test by reading AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Safety article.

 
Essential Oils More Likely To Cause Dermal Irritation:
This is not necessarily a complete list...
 
Essential Oils Appearing On the Hazardous Essential Oil List and...
Allspice | Bay Laurel | Benzoin | Cassia | Cinnamon (Bark and Leaves) |
Clove
| Fennel | Fir Needle | Oregano | Parsley |
Sage
(Dalmatian) | Spruce | Tagetes | Thyme
 
 
Essential Oils More Likely To Cause Sensitization:
This is not necessarily a complete list...
 
Essential Oils Appearing On the Hazardous Essential Oil List and...
Anise | Bay Laurel | Benzoin | Cassia | Catnip | Cinnamon (Bark and Leaves)
Citronella | Clove | Fennel | Lemongrass | Litsea Cubeba (May Chang)
Melissa | Oakmoss | Peru Balsam | Pine | Star Anise | Tagetes
 

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