Archive News Letter March 2012
to our second newsletter! It is a little late as we took possession of
our brand new house just as i was due to put the finishing touches-
moving into a house in the middle of a weather bomb was not fun! However the arrival of our 2 new kittens Yuzu and Swatch made up for it- and
they have been a great distraction I must say!
I really appreciate making aromatic connections and it is wonderful to hear different stories. One great connection which struck a chord after the feature on Acacia oils is this face book page covering everything about Wattles- I just love the look of the chocs and have been salivating in a virtual sense over them-they look delicious!
With a newsletter such as this I know the readership is diverse with the common bond of aromatics,however I don’t wish to supply basic information. For those who are new or just starting their aromatic journey please feel free to ask for the free introductory aromatherapy lesson- no obligation!
I couldn’t decide between which oils to cover and initially had chosen two (YUZU and petitgrains) but have now back tracked as there is so much I have gathered on Yuzu and there is also so much to share on the diversity of the petitgrains that I will hold those ones over to the next newsletter. YUZU is an oil, which when you meet it, shows an intriguing persona. Parts of it seem familiar, much like when you bump into someone in the street and you recognise the face or voice, but can’t quite place them in context. The rest of it is evocative and exciting like meeting a stranger and you want to get to know them more! I first came across YUZU a few years ago while visiting New York for the very time. My good friend and host took me to ‘The Village’ where all the wonderful quirky shops are- and I saw some incense cones (I am not a fan of incense normally) but these were made of YUZU oil and I was hooked! I then spent a long time trying to track some down and as chance had it a group of Korean aromatherapists came to NZ and attended a workshop with me and I was gifted a precious bottle of Yuzu oil which I sniffed and shared but never used. Over time I was able to get some on an adhoc basis and now it feels like a ‘regular’ oil I use and love- but one which still excites me! I would love to hear your experiences either on face book or on the website here. The next newsletter will continue the citrus theme and cover some unusual petitgrain oils.
Oil of the Month-YUZU
One of the factors to consider with citrus essential oils is that many of them can cause photo toxic reactions when applied to the skin. What this means is that when the skin is exposed to sunlight or sun beds or other UV the rays of the sun will intensify on the skin and will cause burning, sensitisation or other such reactions. In effect it is the opposite action to sun blocks this effect is due to the presence of furocoumarins in the oils. Therapeutically these have been exploited in some ways in the past such as in the treatment of psoriasis (which responds positively to UV light). Also previously some tanning products may have used them to help the skin tan. We now know this is actually damaging to the skin. It is usually only cold pressed oils which are photo toxic and not all the citrus oils are. Furanocoumarins are not volatile so are never in the distilled citrus oils. They can however be present in CO2 extracted oils. Other constituents are also phototoxic including psoralens. The risk for phototoxic reactions occurs when the substance is applied to the skin, which is then exposed to UV light. The sensitivity peaks at 1-2 hours after application but will last up to 8 hours, so it is best to avoid any UV exposure for at least 12 hours. There is conflicting evidence as to whether this would increase the risk of skin cancer, however it is best to be prudent in any areas of potential or actual risk. If UV exposure can’t be avoided then wear suitable clothing or apply a sunscreen (at least factor 15).
The following table has the % of bergapten and the maximum allowable concentration for use on the skin. Please take note of this when you are making your blends. If you are making products to sell you will need to follow international standards for the incorporation of citrus oils into creams and lotions. These vary from country to country, however as a general guide they range from 0.4% and never exceed 5% as per the table below.
Swatch (black & White) and Yuzu (black). Yuzu the kitten is energetic, adorable, and slightly cheeky so think she suits her name sake!
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