Essential oils can provide skin treatment for all sorts of conditions from acne to wrinkles, no matter if they are simple surface irritations, symptoms of diseases/health conditions or even just the product of normal aging.
In some cases essential oils are applied topically to alleviate skin issues occurring from environmental conditions. At other times they can be taken internally to address underlying causes of skin conditions; causes such as ailments of your liver or pancreas, bad dietary habits, toxic build up or even stress.
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note: It is very important to know which condition you are attempting to treat before you start.
Knowing which oils or which application to use for various conditions is crucial to proper skin treatment and effective results.
Before we go any further I would like to point out that essential oils, no matter how good their quality, may at times have undesirable affects.
Lets discuss them briefly as well as what you can do to protect yourself if needed.
Whether you are a newbie to the topical use of essential oils in skin treatment, or a veteran of many years, you should be aware that they may cause reactions such as:
Even if you have never experienced a problem with essential oil skin treatment you need to be conscious of these possible outcomes. If you are concerned add extra carrier oils to dilute the oil further.
In most cases irritation will be experienced very soon after exposure and will take the form of a burning sensation or the appearance of welts or redness.
If this should happen immediately apply a carrier oil to the area in order to dilute the concentration of oil or wash the area with soapy water to remove the oil from your skin; do not apply straight water as this will only cause the oil to penetrate deeper into your skin.
As a "rule of thumb" and to avoid irritation, most applications of essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil unless otherwise instructed by the manufacturer or health professional.
Sensitivity to an essential oil may occur after a long period of usage. This condition is often referred to as "allergic contact dermatitis" or ACD.
This condition may be avoided by changing up your choice of oil so that no one oil is used exclusively. Fortunately this course of action is made possible because oils have overlapping benefits and you always have several to choose from for any given condition or purpose.
Several oils, especially cold pressed citrus oils like lemon, lime, grapefruit or orange can cause a sensitivity to UV light which may last for up to 72 hours following application.
This problem is easily sidestepped as long as you are aware of the requirements of each oil you are applying.
So now having said all that, lets look at some of the areas that may be of interest to you.
Lets look at some ....
Acne is one of those conditions that require both a topical and an internal application of essential oils.
Tea Tree oil can also be applied undiluted to individual sores as needed.
Please see my page Blackhead Remedies for information on several oils that can be used for this condition.
Topical: Dab a drop of Tea Tree Oil to boils at least twice a day
Topical: Apply a drop of Tea Tree Oil to blisters as well as the surrounding area to control infection. Cover the area with a bandage if the blister is open or in danger of breaking.
Helichrysum is well known for its affect on a hematoma (a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues)
Peppermint oil will give quick relief of pain and reduce swelling.
For ongoing relief and healing, create a skin treatment blend using Helichrysum 25%, Lavender 25%, Balsam Fir 20%, Lemon 15%, Marjoram 15% and apply it to small bruises. For larger injuries mix the blend 50:50 with a carrier oil.
After soaking your feet apply a pain blend or a few drops of Peppermint Oil undiluted directly on your toe.
Run cool water over a first-degree burn as soon as possible then follow up with a couple drops of Lavender Essential Oil to reduce the pain. For ongoing treatment mix lavender with rose hip oil at a 1:3 ratio to continue the healing.
For second or third degree burns see your health professional and discuss using Lavender with sterile water in a spray to cool and hasten healing.
For more information see my page on burn treatment.
Many essential oils are well known for their ability to tighten loose skin. Essential oils contain antioxidants which combat free radicals that damage the skin; many have natural astringent properties that can shrink pores and reduce oily skin; oils also boost collagen which results in tighter skin. The list goes on and on.
For more information see my page tighten loose skin
For first and second degree sunburns mix 5 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Peppermint, 1 drop of Tea Tree and 1 drop of Helichrysum in a cup of water and spray it on periodically every few minutes or whenever you feel it is needed.
For skin treatment involving minor cuts or scrapes start by washing the area then apply a drop of Tea Tree Oil to disinfect it. Follow up every couple hours to keep the site sterile and prevent infection.
If you are bleeding Cypress Essential Oil can be applied to stop the bleeding. Initially it may cause the bleeding to increase but then it will go to work to stop it.
Add 2-3 drops of one of the following essential oils to a single application of your shampoo or conditioner:
Leave it on your scalp for 5 minutes before rinsing.
For diaper rash try one of the following mixed with a teaspoon of carrier oil:
Apply to the rash as needed.
Mix the following oils into a bottle and apply one drop to the wart two or three times a day using a cotton swab.
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