Friday, September 29, 2006

More phototoxic essential oils, essential oils for shingles, cedarwood essential oil and insect repellents (Aromatherapy/Medicine)

I've already blogged a bit about orange essential oils and phototoxicity, here's so more info on other citrus oils.

Are lemon and tangerine essential oils phototoxic?

Not all citrus oils are phototoxic. For example, while expressed lemon and lime essential oils are phototoxic, distilled lemon and lime essential oils aren't phototoxic. And also tangerine and mandarin essential oils (C. reticulata) aren't phototoxic . One essential oil that isn't a citrus oil but that is phototoxic is angelica root.

What essential oils are good for shingles?

Chamomile and lemon balm aka melissa. Be sure to buy melissa from a reputable source since it is often adulterated (it is expensive). Be sure to dilute in a carrier, of course!

Is cedarwood essential oil an insect repellent?

There are two kinds of cedarwood essential oil: Virginia cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) and atlas cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica). Virginia cedarwood is actually a juniper; it has some of the similiar properites with true atlas cedarwood, but since it is a different tree species all the properites are not the same.

I usually use atlas to repell bugs but aromaweb mentions you can also use VA. Lavender essential oil is also good.

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