If you’re an avid reader of the blog, you’ll know that a lot of people are turning towards more holistic and natural methods of healing eczema. Essential oils should be an essential part of your eczema holistic healing toolkit!
First of all, what the heck are essential oils?
Essential oils are simply compounds that are extracted from plants. According to dietitian Helen West, The reason that they’re called “essential oils” is because the oils because the oils capture the plant’s scent and flavor, also known as the plant’s “essence.” West also explains that essential oils can be extracted from the plant through distillation (think steam) or mechanical methods like cold pressing. Essential oils can also be extracted via chemical processes but these types of oils are not pure essential oils. West also notes that essential oils have to be combined with a carrier oil before it’s ready to be used. A carrier oil can be almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.
Using essential oils topically.
Essential oils can be applied topically to treat eczema. First of all, essential oils can be pretty potent so less is more! It’s like cooking, you can always add more later but you can’t take it away. You’ll want to avoid using them in sensitive areas. Start applying them them topically on your face, forehead, neck, temples, legs, arms, abdomen, chest, feet, etc. Stay away from your eyes, ears, nose, and other sensitive areas.
Which essential oils are best for eczema?
Now that we understand what essential oils are and how to apply them topically, which essential oils should you choose? Below are some of the most common essential oils for eczema!
Lavender oil is the most common essential oil for treating eczema and other skin conditions. This essential oil is mostly known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties but it’s also well known for it’s pain management properties. It can also be used to restore skin complexion and help heal wounds. More specifically to eczema, it can help alleviate itchiness!
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be very effective for those with eczema because it’s known for it’s regenerative properties. Eczema is harsh on skin and this is one way to help heal broken and irritated skin caused by eczema! Another interesting property of tea tree oil is that it’s an antiseptic! This can help prevent infection that often comes along with excessive itching. Like other essential oils, tea tree oil is also known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Sandalwood oil is mostly known for it’s moisturizing properties but like lavender oil, it is also effective for inflammation and itchiness. Some people even use sandalwood oil to help calm nerves, reduce stress and promote relaxation which is also important for those with eczema!
Ylang Ylang Oil
Don’t let the name turn you away because it’s hard to pronounce! Ylang ylang oil is also known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s mostly known for it’s antiseptic properties! Another good essential oil to have in your toolbox to prevent infection.
West, H. (2017, May 30). What Are Essential Oils and Do They Work? Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-are-essential-oils