Beware of Plant-based or Essential Oil Allergies and Irritants in “natural” skin products
“Natural” plant-based and essential oil skin products are very popular now, but beware that some of us may experience either irritation or allergy from these. Just because it is “natural” does not mean it is always good for you. Poison Ivy is “natural” too. I have listed some ingredients that may cause irritation or allergy reactions on the skin:
Ylang Ylang / Cananga Oil
Anise / Star Anise
Comopositae Plants: Yarrow, Ragweed, Feverfew, Tansy, Cardoon, Sunflower, Ox-eye, Daisy, Chamomile, Black-eyed Susan, Dahlia, Dandelion, and Marigold.
Balsum of Peru
Christmas and Easter Cacti
References: “Applied Dermatotoxicology: Clinical Aspects”, by Howard Maibach and Golara Honari. Physiology of the Skin, Third Edition, by Zoe Draelos, MD, and Peter T. Pugliese, MD.