Can Oils Cause Allergic Reactions?

While some people occasionally react in an unpleasant manner to the application of an essential oil, usually in the form of a burning sensation or skin rash, such a reaction is almost always one of three other things: (1) A detoxification response (2) inflammation from chemical irritation of tender skin (3) manifestation of an emotional issue. Allergies can manifest with the same symptoms as any these three, but are of a different origin and etiology. Allergies tend to be permanent, even for a lifetime, while three non-allergenic reactions mentioned above are temporary. In fact, they are usually therapeutic, indicating the initiation of a cleansing, healing process.

Essential oils contain no proteins or polypeptides and, thus, are virtually free of potential allergens. In fact, one could be allergic to an oil-yielding plant like fennel, geranium, or Goldenrod, but have no allergy to the essential oil distilled from that plant, since volatile oils contain none of the plant proteins, peptides, or amino acids that are the principal sources of allergic reactions in the plant. The molecules of the proteins and polypeptides are too large to pass through the distillation process of a pure essential oil. However, an oil pressed from seeds (vegetable oil), or one cold expressed from rinds (citrus oils), or absolutes, which are oils obtained by solvents (jasmine, Onycha, or neroli), can be allergenic. Unlike distilled essential oils, pressed, expressed, or solvent obtained oils can contain traces of proteins and polypeptides. For example, some people are allergic to an oil blend called Valor which contains oils of Spruce, Rosewood, blue Tansi, and frankincense in an almond oil base. Their allergy is not to the essential oil content of that blend, but to the almond seed carrier, which is a fatty oil.

In all the reports of negative outcomes with undiluted oils, the experiences were temporary and interpreted as detox reactions. Given enough time, accompanied by cleansing regimen, detox reactions to oils will cease and the oils which had caused a reaction initially will know longer do so. This is an indication that the cleansing is complete and proof that the reaction was no allergy.

When a detox reaction happens, stop using the oils for a while or reduce their quantity in order to slow down the release of toxins. Don't do another raindrop procedure for a while. Focus on closing procedures with lots of water, fiber, and fresh foods and, perhaps, some fasting, to flush out the toxins. Gradually use the oils again and eventually the toxins will be gone and you won't have unpleasant reactions to the oils anymore.

As a practical tip, persons with acidic conditions in their bodies are more prone toward detox reactions, such as skin rashes, then those with a more alkaline body chemistry. Taking a teaspoon of any alkalizing product, such as Alkalime, before or after a raindrop session can prevent such experiences even with toxic clients.