Some people say that citrus oil are essential oils that cause photosensitivity. Yes, they can if they are cold pressed and in most cases, doTERRA’s oils are cold pressed. What oils do you have to worry about?
- Bergamot (in research, this is sited for the greater photosensitivity)
- Pink grapefruit
- Wild orange
You need to wait 12 hours after using the oils, either topically or internally, before going in the sun. Will you have a problem for sure? No. I’ve never had a problem and don’t know of anyone that has had a problem but it is a possibility. Usually, when there is a problem, it is because of an organ and tissue toxicity or poor liver health.
One way to offset the effects is to use xEOmega, which contains Asthaxanthin, which is a natural sun protector and can help you have increased exposure to the sun without an issue.
There is one exception to doTERRA cold pressing their citrus oils, and
that is the lime in InTune. They purposefully steam extract it since it’s meant to be used topically, so you don’t have a problem.
Why does doTERRA cold press their citrus oils? The form of extraction determines the presence of photosensitive compounds:
- If it’s cold pressed, the compounds are preserved
- Steam distillation eliminates compounds AND benefits