I am allergic to essential oils! Really ?

Je suis allergique aux huiles essentielles ! Vraiment ?

It's fashionable these days in the conventional cosmetics industry to decry essential oils and denounce their allergenic potential. Many scalded users now claim to be allergic to essential oils. But are they really?

For many years, essential oils have proved their wonderful affinity with the skin and their beneficial effect on health. Did you know that aromatherapy was discovered by René Maurice Gattefossé at the beginning of the 20th century when he dipped his badly burnt arm in a bath of pure lavender essential oil?

Noting the rapid healing of his burn, he concluded that the Essential Oil had a reparative and anti-inflammatory effect. Since then, thousands of scientific studies have reported on the healing power of certain Essential Oils. So the question is: which Essential Oil are we talking about when we say we're allergic? Is it a good quality Essential Oil, controlled by a pharmaceutical laboratory? Has it been biochemically defined? Most of the Essential Oils that have caused allergies have been of poor quality: cut with alcohol or ethanol or denatured.

There is now an official list of allergens published by the European authorities, which includes many components of essential oils: linalool, limonene, etc. These allergens have been listed as such following in vitro tests on isolated molecules. No large-scale tests have been carried out on complete Essential Oils of botanically and biochemically defined quality.

This list is therefore mainly a theoretical warning against allergenic substances when consumed in isolation. But this is never the case with Essential Oils, which are made up of dozens of molecules acting harmoniously in synergy.

So why have you perhaps experienced an untoward reaction after using a cosmetic product containing Essential Oils? You are probably hyper-reactive to one of the product's components (perfume, alcohol, Essential Oil, preservatives). It may have been a dermo-caustic Essential Oil in too high a dosage.

You should therefore avoid coming into contact with this product. But there's no reason to deny yourself the thousand and one ways of doing yourself good with all the other Essential Oils available. Trust only recognised laboratories, sold in pharmacies, and if possible ask the advice of an experienced aromatherapist or consult a serious book.


Prevention of Stretch Marks with Essential Oils: recipe

Many of you during our training sessions ask us about the solutions that exist to effectively combat stretch marks. Stretch marks are longitudinal streaks of a few millimeters appearing on the pelvis, buttocks, breasts or stomach following an extension of the skin tissue as part of a change in silhouette (weight gain or pregnancy). There is a preventive solution with Vegetable Oils and Essential Oils. Dominique Baudoux offers in his book Practical Guide to Family and Scientific Aromatherapy a simple recipe to effectively prevent the appearance of stretch marks. Only anticipation and perseverance can give the skin all the flexibility it will need to demonstrate during the tension experienced by the tissue. It is therefore advisable to plan in advance and massage, massage and massage again! HECT* Egyptian geranium: 1 drop HECT* Immortelle: 1 drop HECT* Rosewood: 1 drop Chilean Rosehip Vegetable Oil: 30 drops Argan Vegetable Oil: 67 drops Apply 8 to 10 drops morning and evening on the stomach, thighs and possibly the breasts 6 days a week. Pregnant women can apply this treatment from the 4th month of pregnancy. A diet rich in essential fatty acids from the Omega 3 series is strongly recommended. Consider Omega 3 Q10 capsules .

ORGANIC Evening Primrose: Women-Friendly Vegetable Oil

Evening primrose (oenothera biennis) is a tall grass with yellow flowers from which the seeds are taken to extract an oil which was already used by the American Indians as a healing agent. Mature women are today invited to use it for beauty (dry skin) and health (hormonal balance). Indeed, the gamma-linolenic acid (omega 6) contained in evening primrose oil promotes the treatment of skin lesions (eczema, psoriasis). Evening primrose oil also contains above all linoleic acid (omega 6) which promotes the metabolic activity of many cells. Evening primrose promotes hormonal balance in women thanks to its combination of essential fatty acids which stimulates the formation of prostaglandins. Evening primrose capsules are recommended to be taken orally for any hormonal imbalance or as menopause approaches. Recent scientific studies have also highlighted the antioxidant activity of evening primrose.  A simple recipe for dry skin that tends to peel or crack: Neroli Essential Oil (citrus aurantium flower): 4 drops; Petitgrain Bigarade Essential Oil (citrus aurantium leaves): 8 drops; Evening Primrose Vegetable Oil (oenothera biennis): QSP 30 ml. Gently massage the affected areas morning and evening after cleansing the skin (shower or rinsing with orange blossom water).