Some essential oils are naturally perfect for treating skin conditions. Yes, you can actually make your skin look and feel younger, stronger, and healthier with the application of a few very specific essential oils.
Because the natural oils which are extracted from certain plants work on 2 levels (topical and internal), they guard and repair your skin from a host of problems. They also treat the negative emotions that sometimes attach themselves to sufferers of unsightly skin conditions. Lavender for one is calming, and helps reduce stress and elicit the relaxation response.
What Essential Oils Lead to Healthy Skin?
A wide variety of essential oils are good for your entire body and your skin as well. However, sometimes you want to treat or combat a very specific skin condition. In that case, use the following essential oils, which have proven effective for treating these skin problems.
Dry, dehydrated skin – Lavender is an absolute must-have for your essential oil and aromatherapy kit. It helps hydrate dry skin and is especially effective in the winter months and cold weather climates in keeping your skin moist and healthy. Geranium is another essential oil, which is excellent for treating dry skin.
Eczema and dermatitis – If you have itchy, red splotches or areas of skin, you may have dermatitis or eczema. Those terms are widely used to refer to a host of skin conditions, which are itchy, red, and sometimes painful. This condition can be treated effectively with diet alone, and when Thyme and Helichrysum essential oils are also used, this embarrassing condition can disappear quickly. Tea Tree and Patchouli oils are also helpful and they smell really good.
Skin problems on your face – Your facial skin is more delicate and tender than the skin on most other parts of your body. That’s why you must treat it differently. Try using Sandalwood and Myrrh oils as a topical application for treating skin conditions on your face, as they are not as strong as some other essential oils.
Rashes and itching – Lavender shows up once again as one of the most versatile essential oils. It effectively treats rashes, even when those rashes are accompanied by itching. Tea Tree oil is also excellent for treating rashes, and Peppermint oil is an effective anti-itching oil as well.
Sunburn – Tea Tree oil and Roman Chamomile essential oils quickly soothe sunburned skin. They can also be used to treat other types of burns. Unsurprisingly, Lavender is effective here as well.
Wrinkled skin – Frankincense, Geranium, and Fennel essential oils have proven to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Myrrh and Sandalwood are also good choices here, as is the multi-use Lavender.
Essential oils need to be diluted before topical use as they can burn the skin. Use a carrier oil with a formula of 1 drop of essential oil for each 1 ml of carrier oil, such as olive oil, jojoba, grapeseed and others. Do a quick test on a small patch of your skin to check for any adverse reaction. Certain essential oils should not be used by pregnant women, infants, or young children, so do your research.
• Sesame Oil: Sesame oil has been used for centuries as a bacteria-fighting medicine, and is great for wind and sunburns.
• Jojoba Oil: A super hydrating oil that rejuvenate and hydrates the skin and is ideal for all natural skin and health care and one of the best carrier oils for essential oils.
• Olive Oil: Rich in antioxidants, olive oil is usually is typically the base oil for DIY lotions and creams. A good source of vitamins A and E, it is effective as an anti-aging option and works good for dry skin and eczema.
• Grape Seed Oil: Grape seed oil is an ideal carrier oil for acne prone skin. It is a natural astringent contains linoleic acids, which have anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It helps to control oil and oily skin that clogs pores and causes breakouts.
• Sweet Almond Oil
• Grapeseed Oil
• Macadamia Nut Oil
• Olive Oil
• Peanut Oil
• Apricot Kernel Oil
• Avocado Oil
• Coconut Oil
• Evening Primrose Oil
• Pecan Oil
• Rose Hip Oil
• Walnut Oil
• Wheatgerm Oil
• Sesame Oil
• Shea Butter
• Sunflower Oil
• Kukui Oil