Thursday, 7 March 2013

Inhaling Essential oils and haptens

Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefit.

 The EU list of allergens are better referred to as haptens. An allergic reaction involves a reaction to proteins and while there is protein in grass pollens etc there is none in EOs.

EO constituents can combine with skin proteins to produce an allergic reaction but this is rare. A little dab of diluted oil on the inner elbow is enough to test. A small number of people 0.1% can have a reaction to EOs which shows as skin redness and is remedied by washing off the EO. If no redness results then go ahead.

The EU list:

1/Amyl cinnamal Not of natural origin
2/Amylcinnamyl Alcohol Not of natural origin
3/Anise Alcohol
4/Benzyl Alcohol
5/Benzyl Benzoate
6/Benzyl cinnamate
7/Benzyl Salicilate
8/Cinnamym Alcohol
9/Cinnamal (Cinnamaldehyde)
10/Citral (Geranial+neral)
15/Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone Not of natural origin
17/Hexyl Cinnamal Not of natural origin
18/Hydroxycitronellal Not of natural origin
carboxaldehyde (Lyral) Not of natural origin
23/Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial) Not of natural origin
24/Methyl 2-Octynoate Not of natural origin

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