Using Essential Oils for Skin Conditions
The types of skin conditions are listed below, along with the oils that are most helpful. These oils are best applied topically, diluting if the oil requires it. More information on how to use the oils is given at the end of the post.
General Skin Conditions
So many skin conditions are preventable. For instance dry skin can be prevented by hydration and using body care products which are not harsh and don’t strip your skin’s natural oils. However, sometimes things happen and it’s wonderful to know how to deal with skin issues that come up.
The best general-purpose essential oils to have on hand for skin conditions are Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Sandalwood followed by Cypress, Geranium, Marjoram, Myrrh, Orange, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang.
Callouses: Have flat, thick skin, maybe on your feet? Oregano is most effective.
Chapped/Cracked: Chapped or cracked skin is the result of the lack of natural skin oils. Often the soaps we use strip these natural oils from our bodies. Myrrh is the best oil to use for chapped and cracked skin.
Corns: Often the result of ill-fitting shoes, corns are best treated with Clove. Peppermint and Grapefruit are also effective.
Dehydrated: Besides drinking water, you can use Geranium and Lavender to help with dehydrated skin. A great moisturizer is always a good idea, too, especially in the harsh winter months.
Diaper Rash: If you have kids and diapers, you will definitely want to keep Lavender around. Chamomile is also effective.
Eczema: Eczema is also referred to as dermatitis. It’s basically any redness or itching (and sometimes pain) on the surface of your skin. Sometimes alleviated through diet alone, or eliminating allergies, Helichrysum and Thyme are the best oils for eczema. Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, and Tea Tree are also effective.
Energy: There is something energizing about Lemon on your skin. Try it and see!
Facial Oils: We can’t treat the skin on our face and body the same. It’s more delicate. Myrrh and Sandalwood are best for your face.
Fungal Infections: Athlete’s Foot is an example of fungal infection on the skin. Oregano and Tea Tree are best for fungal infections.
Impetigo: Impetigo is a bacterial infection that causes bumps filled with a yellowish liquid.Geranium, Lavender, and Myrhh are most effective.
Itching/Rashes: There can be many reasons why your skin it itchy. It could be due to dryness, an allergy, a reaction to laundry detergent, or a number of other things.Peppermint and Lavender are best for general itchiness, and Tea Tree and Lavender is best for rashes.
Scabies: I know, it sounds bad, right? It can appear to be small, itchy bumps, but in fact be mites burrowing into the outer layers of the skin. Peppermint and Tea Treeare most effective.
Scarring: Frankincense and Rose both help with scar prevention. Lavender is best used after a burn or injury to the skin when scarring may occur. Helichrysum is also effective for reducing scars. Other oils that may be useful are Geranium and Myrrh.
Skin Ulcers: If you have an open sore, you will want to protect it and help it heal. Lavender and Myrrh are the best for skin ulcers.
Stretch Marks: Although sometimes the skin is stretched to the point of being damaged,Lavender and Myrrh are your best oils for reducing the appearance of stretch marks and helping the skin heal.
Sunburn: Sunburns and other burns are best soothed by Lavender. Roman Chamomileand Tea Tree can also help.
Wrinkles: The most effective oils for wrinkles are Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, andLavender. Cypress, Helichrysum, Lemon, Myrrh, Oregano, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme, and Ylang Ylang are also helpful.
Make Your Own Essential Oil Blends
For scarring blend together 5 drops Helichrysum, and 5 drops Lavender with 4 tsp carrier oil and apply on location. Another blend for scarring uses 1 drop each Lavender, Lemongrass, and Geranium with 4 tsp carrier oil and apply on location.
For wrinkles around the eyes combine 1 drop each Frankincense, Lavender, and Lemon and dab around your eyes. Does not need to be diluted. Be careful not to get in your eyes!
To soothe the skin, combine 4 drops Geranium and 2 drops Roman Chamomile to your bath water.
For deep cracks in your hands or heels combine 5 drops German Chamomileand 5 drops Myrrh to 4 tsp carrier oil and apply each night before bed.
To soften and nourish, combine 4 drops Australian Sandalwood, 2 dropsPatchouli, and 4 drops Sweet Orange to 4 tsp carrier oil and apply on desired location.
To moisturize dry skin on your face, combine 4 drops Neroli, 2 dropsFrankincense, and 4 drops Roman Chamomile to 4 tsp apricot kernel oil.
To rejuvenate scaly skin on heels and elbows, combine 4 drops Myrrh, 4 dropsGerman Chamomile, and, 2 drops Patchouli to 4 tsp sweet almond oil.
To smooth skin, combine 4 drops Lavender, 4 drops Lemon, and 2 dropsVetiver to 4 tsp Grapeseed Oil.
For eczema or inflamed skin, combine 4 drops Yarrow, 4 drops Neroli, and 2 drops Patchouli to 4 tsp aloe vera gel.
Applying the Blends
Skin issues are best alleviated with topical application. Essential oils are best used combined with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and massaged on the surface of the skin. They can also be added to bath water.
A good rule of thumb for frequent/daily use is a 1% solution. For occasional use (sunburn), use 3% (and up to 5%).
1% solution would be adding 1 drop of EO to one teaspoon of oil; 2% solution would be adding 2 drops of EO to one teaspoon of oil, etc. To make a 1 ounce bottle use 5-6 drops for 1% solution; 10-12 for 2% and 15-18 for 3%.