There is a concept that researchers are working on and that is the concept of allergy due to build up in the body of a particular material, which is usually the result of long term exposure.Word. My mother the oil Painter became allergic to terpentine, something she worked with daily.
I used to apply essential oils to my skin on a daily basis, but they became itchy and irritating, so I stopped. But I really want to wear essential oils, but I can't. Please give me some pointers so that I can wear it on a daily basis.
I know this is from a while ago, but can you explain sensitizers? Is it like, how one can be fine with dairy their whole life, but then eat a lot of cheese for months or years and then develop a sudden intolerance for it?There is a book called Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand. See if you can track it down and it will give you a basic education on what you need to know.
You cannot generalize when it comes to “essential oils” as a category I think.
Some like citrus oils can become toxic and irritating even carcinogenic as they oxidize. Some oils like Angelica and bergamot cause problems mainly if you are exposed to sunlight after application. Some are relatively safe…
The mantra will be if you look further:
If you want to try something new, test a tiny bit before applying a swipe or full drop.
Beware allergic sensitization and oils
which are known sensitizers (not just irritants). Sensitization can be a strong / severe immune response that develops after repeated exposure to an allergen. One can become allergic to something one wasn’t.
I don’t know to what degree sensitizers have ever caused life-threatening or serious issues in humans, but the potential is there. I have read that some of the IFRA regulations (misguided though that whole system may be) are about keeping sensitizing agents below some threshold level. Oakmoss, jasmine, and rose oil all contain potential sensitizers I believe.
Yeah, I understand all of that. I actually have an autoimmune disease called sarcoidosis of the kidneys it affects 1 in every 10,000 people and usually 90% in the Lung, but can affect any area of the body, including skin. I have it in the kidneys as I said and now have chronic kidney disease because of it, 5% of the disease manifests in the kidneys. So the condition I have is 1 in 10,000 get it, and 5% in the kidneys lol, so super rare disease and a rare type of form of the disease. Lucky me 🙄There are several things like this.
There are chemicals that for some people trick the immune system into thinking it’s some kind of germ, and then it goes on the attack and they have these problems with their immune system over reacting and freaking out… which can be dangerous.
Similar thing happens with each strain of the cold virus you catch except it is beneficial: The first time you encounter the strain, your immune system doesn’t notice it, and it reproduces in your body unchecked. But it learns from the experience, and the next time you encounter that same exact virus, your immune system mounts a strong response and shuts it down.
Also, how vaccinations work. You’re given that first exposure with some weakened form of the virus or some chemical from its capsule that is enough to teach your immune system to recognize it, but not enough to make you sick. And when the real virus tries to attack, you’ve already prepared.
It’s the same mechanism. For some oils it happens right away like poison ivy. First exposure is like inoculation. Second exposure, Immune system freaks out.