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IFRA banned and restricted oils.

Certain oils have been banned and others restricted by IFRA, because of their particular properties, toxicity, sensitizing effect etc.

IFRA banned restricted essential oils

The list below shows some of the oils, with their common name, botanic name as well as other common names it might be known under. If you know of any other oil that was omitted, kindly mail us at info@essentialoils.co.za with the details

IFRA banned oils IFRA banned and restricted essential oils not to be used harmful toxic allergenic carcinogenic

Name known as Botanical name Action
Cade oil crude prickly juniper and juniper tar Juniperus oxycedrus Carcinogenic
Calamus oil sweet flag, myrtle flag, sweet rush and sweet sedge Acorus calamus Carcinogenic
Costus root kuth Saussurea costus Sensitizer
Elecampane oil scabwort Inula helenium Sensitizer
Fig leaf absolute   Ficus carica Sensitizer
Horseradish oil   Armoracia rusticana Toxic and irritant
Mustard oil black mustard Brassica nigra Toxic and irritant
Peru balsam balsam of Peru, Balsamo Myroxylon var. pereirae Sensitizer (distilled oil is allowed)
Savin oil   Juniperus sabina Toxic and sensitizer although Juniper phoenicea oil is allowed
Verbena oil   Lippia citriodora / Aloysia triphylla Sensitizer
Tea absolute   Thea sinensis / Camellia sinensis Sensitizer
Sassafras oil   Sassafras albidum Carcinogenic
Stryax gum oriental sweet gum and storax Liquidambar orientalis Sensitizer
Wormseed (also called Epazote or Mexican Tea) Chenopodium ambroisoides Toxic
Wormwood oil   Artemisia absinthium Neurotoxin

IFRA restricted oils IFRA banned and restricted essential oils not to be used harmful toxic allergenic carcinogenic

The following oils are not banned but care must be taken with the amount of active ingredients (compounds) contained in the oil, and the possible side effects of sensitizing and phototoxicity must be kept in mind when treating a client.

Name known as Botanical name Action
Angelica root oil   Angelica archangelica Phototoxic
Bergamot oil bergamot orange Citrus aurantium ssp. Bergamia Phototoxic
Bitter orange oil Seville orange Citrus aurantium Phototoxic
Cassia oil cassia bark, Chinese cinnamon Cinnamomum cassia Sensitizer
Cinnamon bark cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum Sensitizer
Cumin oil comino, jeera Cuminum cyminum Phototoxic
Grapefruit oil   Citrus paradisi Phototoxic
Lemon oil   Citrus limon Phototoxic
Lime oil   Citrus aurantifolia Phototoxic
Tagetes oil and absolute muster-John-Henry, khaki weed, stinking Rodger Tagetes minuta Phototoxic
Oak moss absolute and resinoid   Evernia prunastri Sensitizer
Pinaceae oils to have less than 10 millimoles peroxide per litre Pinaceae mugo, P. nigra, P. pinaster, P. sylvatica Sensitizer
Rue oil herb of grace, herbygrass Ruta graveolens Sensitizer
Verbena absolute   Lippia citriodora / Aloysia triphylla Sensitizer
Tree moss absolute   (Pseudeo) Evernia furfuracea Sensitizer

 

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