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This is my first post, so please be gentle with me!
I am trying to create a blend for my brother- the plan is to use it in a few different base products so I can make him a skincare/bath products set. He has quite serious polycystic kidney disease, so I need to be really careful about the oils I use.
There seems to be a fairly strong consensus that black pepper should be avoided, and Patricia Davies (Aromatherapy- an A-Z) suggests also chamomile, cedarwood, juniper, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium and rosemary. I'm wondering if anyone can confirm this and/or suggest any others it would be best to leave out. I'd be sticking to a very low dilution whatever I use- no more than 2% in total for anything rinse-off, or 1%- so I think any risk would be largely theoretical- but obviously I'd rather err on the side of caution.
Thanks in advance....

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Welcome to The Aromatherapy Place Message Board, Olivia. I am Kevin, he Owner of The Aromatherapy Place since 2,000. I am responding to your post in Carolyn's absence.

I personally have always found "Essential Oil Safety" by Robert Tisserand & Tony Balacs to be a very dependable source of information when it comes to the safe use of Essential Oils. With regards to essential oils  and kidney desease, Tisserand & Balacs remark on page 37, under the heading "BINDING TO PLASMA ALBUMIN:"

"There may be a case for reducing the dosage of essential oil given orally to patients with kidney disease...since they have low plasma albumin levels: such people will have less protein available to bind the oil and so the concentration of oil in the bloodstream may be higher than usual. Drugs which bind to the same plasma proteins can interact with each other's binding. Because essential oils may bind to plasma proteins, there is a theoretical possibility that they could interact with some drugs."

As to topical applications, "...most essential oil compounds almost certainly find their way into the bloodstream in very much lower concentrations than do drugs. Significant interactions between essential oils and drugs, at the level of plasma binding, are therefore unlikely unless the oils have been given by mouth, when  the quantity reaching the bloodstream is likely to be much larger."

I would agree with your thoughts on the dilution rate levels but lean lean toward 1%.

I would agree with Patricia Davis on the list of essential oils she regards as appropriate for topical applications, but in this case never orally. 

I applaud your efforts to understand the safe use of essential oils. I'm sure you understand the need for professional medical support and advice when it comes to kidney disease. 

You may want to check-out the availability of "Unscented, Additive Free Personal Care Products from The Aromatherapy Place. They can be found using the following link:

The eo's you select for your brother can be blended into these unscented, additive free base products.

I hope this helps Olivia. Do not hesitate to call me at any time if you would like to discuss further.



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Hi Kevin
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I'll stick with the 1% as you suggested and avoid the oils in that list. It will be strictly topical application only- internal use of EOs is not permitted in the UK, where I am.
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