It has taken me a long time to write this post because I am still trying to wrap my head around what happened and most importantly why and how it happened.
Back in September, I was having health problems related to histamine intolerance. I occasionally get migraines, but around this time they were coming every few days. This left me in something like brain fog almost all the time. My skin started itching too, on my neck and face. I was using Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils mixed with coconut oil to try to help the itching, yet my skin began to break out in hives and what looked like my son’s eczema. I became afraid to eat anything because the histamine intolerance is triggered by a long and random list of foods, read more here. Finally, my husband suggested I stop using all treatments, including the oils and let my skin calm down. I listened to him, and slowly my skin irritations cleared. At this point I was not connecting the irritation to the oils, still blaming the histamine intolerance and assuming it was just suddenly increasing in severity, possibly due to recent weight loss and detoxification.
A few weeks later I put Frankincense on my face again, on my 3rd eye point. I used to like to do this for connection and clarity. This time it did not go so well. My skin was red and itching within an hour of application. I washed it off with carrier oil and the irritation cleared after a few days. I didn’t understand why all of a sudden my skin was not tolerating the oils, but decided to wait a few weeks and let my body calm down.
Sometime in late fall, I tried a firming eye gel recipe with aloe, witch hazel and Frankincense Oil. I put it on my poofy eyes right before I was leaving to drop my son off at school. Immediately, my sensitive under-eye skin became red and was burning. Thankfully this time I immediately washed it off with olive oil and the irritation cleared within a few hours. That was a close one!
So I have discovered that I can no longer use essential oils, even the purest, on my face or neck. I do not understand why. In the past I applied them neat to my skin frequently and experienced no issues. Were the oils pulling the excess histamine through my skin in order to detoxify my body? I have no way to verify that, and honestly find it far-fetched. Is my body just super sensitive and can’t handle the oils? Possibly. This is the reasoning which led me to take three months without applying the oils to my body.
Recently, I really began to miss what the oils add to my being. I miss the connection to my spirit, the feeling of calmness and clarity, and how centered and grounded the oils make me. Diffusing the oils works amazing, but sometimes I want the extra kick that applying the oils topically provides.
I mentioned before that I am pregnant, 14 weeks. This pregnancy has been really different that my prior two, in good ways. My body is craving yoga movements, vegetarian foods and my essential oils. (Last time I wanted pizza or Mexican food only, no wonder I felt awful most of the time!) A few weeks ago, I started using my oils again! I have noticed that I cannot use the oils on my neck or face, but everywhere else seems okay. I know the skin on those areas are more sensitive, but I still am not sure why I once could use the oils in those areas and now cannot. If anyone has a theory on that, please share! 🙂
How I have been using my oils lately.
- Peppermint and Lemon together is an amazing combo to energize a room. I diffuse this in the mornings and afternoons when I need some energy. It leaves me feeling sharp and clear. Love, love, love this combo.
- Frankincense – After I shower, I apply this oil along with some thick carrier lotion to my feet. I love this oil, it is one of my favorites. I am so glad that my body does not react when applied to less sensitive areas!
So that’s my story! Have you ever had issues with using essential oils? Or better, how have you been using your oils lately? Please share in the comments below!