How to perform the Allergy Test to an essential oil?

We often hear about allergies related to essential oils. Indeed, some essential oils contain allergenic molecules, which can sometimes react with certain people. But each one is unique in front of this phenomenon, and if your ground is sensitive do not hesitate to test the EO beforehand. Note. These allergies are rather rare, and affect only the people who have a favourable ground. But the EOs being very concentrated products, they can take a great extent: the susceptible persons must thus imperatively make the test. In a second chapter of this article, we will learn to make the difference between an allergy and an irritation.

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Do the allergy test in the crook of your elbow!

Thus, those easily allergic should be cautious, and test the product by putting two drops of essential oil in the crook of the elbow .

No reaction after 48 hours? On the face of it, everything is fine.

You notice a skin reaction to a molecule? You were right to do the test. Don't insist, and talk to your doctor. Whatever happens, don't panic, and take the opportunity to read the guide below which will help you to distinguish between a simple skin irritation and a real sign of allergy.

Allergy or irritation?

Not all signs indicate that you are allergic! Sometimes it's just an irritation, due to sensitive skin. Here's how to tell the difference:

Delay of onset
  • Irritation: immediate appearance or after a few applications.
  • Allergy: most of the time delayed appearance (between 24 and 48 hours after application)
Visible signs.
  • Irritation: light itching, redness, tingling.
  • Allergy: swelling, itching, burning. The severity varies according to the reaction.
Areas affected.
  • Irritation: only the contact area will be irritated.
  • Allergy: it can spread to other parts of the body.
  • Irritation: symptoms stop when the product is no longer used.
  • Allergy: slower cessation, possibility of relapse.