Anise essential oil burned the heck out of my skin

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luebella

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I am dealing with bad anxiety. I read anise is A good oil for this. I put 7 drops in my bath water. I started to burn quickly. Ran downstairs to shower and rinse it off. Now I am covered in a red burning rash. Any experiences with something like this or advice? It doesn't look bad enough to warrant a Dr visit but it is irritated!

Rash is already going down. That really sucked lol
 

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I'm glad it was not as serious as it could have been. The spice EOs (anise, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc) are among the most potent I have ever known. They aren't the safest for the skin, especially sensitive skin. Unless you want a strong topical anesthetic effect, you're better off leaving such EOs for use with massage oils. NEVER use these EOs in food, the spices themselves are miles safer.

I encourage you to do further research and invest a in a few books about using EOs and aromatherapy so you don't go through this again. A EO diffuser would be ideal for you and probably your safest bet. :)
 
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I actually do have a ton of books! I thought I'd be safe. The oil was already diluted in a carrier really well. I guess I just have really sensitive skin! Should have been more careful. I learned my lesson lol! No more hot oils any where near my skin! Thanks for the reply

I am so in love with the spicy oils but man.. They really do burn lol. Had a drop of cinnamon get on me by accident once. Ouch!
 

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That oil belongs in a diffuser not in anything that goes on your skin.
But then again you already learned that the hard way.

There are several EO's that help with depression. I have a couple of rooms that light up brighter than a sumer day that I spend a lot of time in this time of year too.
 

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Maybe you are very allergic to anise. I make anise soap all the time and no one has ever had a problem. I have spilled it straight on my hands with no problems, and I have severe allergies.
 

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I actually do have a ton of books! I thought I'd be safe. The oil was already diluted in a carrier really well. I guess I just have really sensitive skin! Should have been more careful. I learned my lesson lol! No more hot oils any where near my skin! Thanks for the reply
Sorry about that. My sister made a potent mouth rinse with clove EO. I loved it though it burned worse than listerine. It helped those canker sores. :mrgreen:
 

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That's really interesting! Everything I read said I could use up to 5 drops in bath water. Def not lol!
 

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Might be! I've had anise alot in foods with no reaction. Maybe just super concentrated amounts does it to me
 

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7 drops in a tub of water is not really super concentrated especially if it was already in a carrier oil
 

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Considering your reaction to zap testing soap, I don't think I would be putting ANY EOs or FOs in bathwater. I am really thinking that you have some (probably several) allergies. You would benefit from a trip to an allergy specialist for testing. Be sure to tell them about using EOs and FOs in soap and other products. You might even want to bring a list of what you want to use.
 

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Good idea! I use essential oils in the tub weekly though. A vast variety. This was the first hot one though. Great idea to be tested though. Always good to know and be safe
 

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Is it not true that there are types of allergic reactions? My sister has quite a few food allergies (borderline celiac) while my grandson has topical allergies. According to his doctor, those can be a little more difficult to determine unless, as in luebella's case, you get an almost immediate reaction to something on your skin.
 

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