Essential oils are well-known for being used in aromatherapy, but only a few people know that they have actually many other therapeutic benefits (did you know for example that lavender oil can be used to calm dogs?). Between their various benefits, essential oils are considered the perfect natural remedy for skin rashes – which may include eczema, contact dermatitis, heat/sweat rashes (also called miliaria), insect bites, allergies, psoriasis and the list goes on…
There are many causes behind skin rashes, the most common ones being allergies (to products or food) poor digestion and illness. But whether it’s for an allergic reaction or your clothes are too tight, dealing with a rash is never a pleasant experience, as burning, inflammation, itchiness, and rough patches are just some of the most obnoxious skin conditions we can experience.
An estimated 15-25% of Americans are known to suffer from skin rashes so – no matter your age – it’s highly probable you’ve already experienced a rash at some point in your life. In particular, dermatitis and eczema are the most popular types. Furthermore, note that eczema has no known cure – but it can be managed by using specific essential oils. Well, good news is, however, that you can use a perfect natural remedy like essential oils to get rid of them. Keep reading to know how.
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WHY USE ESSENTIAL OILS?
They Help Treat Skin Rash From Its Roots
For many types of skin rashes – particularly eczema – essential oils can work wonders. In fact, they are light and easily absorbed by the skin – which are fundamental prerogatives when it comes to curing a rash.
They also help create a natural protective lipid barrier against harsh environmental factors to prevent the rashes from recurring.
Many essential oils are naturally antihistamine and anti-inflammatory which helps prevent allergic reactions. Essential oils (in particular for miliaria rubra) can penetrate the skin’s surface unclogging the trapped sweat pores and restoring the skin back to its normal state.
They Keep The Skin Hydrated
The majority of people who develop skin rashes have extremely dry skin where the skin’s natural barrier is completely broken down.
Essential oils are super hydrating and can help repair this natural barrier, restoring at the same time the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture. Finally, moist skin prevents itchiness which breaks the dry skin-itch cycle.
They Are Safer Compared To Corticosteroids
Many people make the mistake of thinking that essential oils will not be useful for healing rashes so turn to steroids and corticosteroids instead, without actually knowing that these synthetic products can be very harmful for the skin and could give rise to adverse skin reactions.
Essential oils, contrary to popular belief, are much more effective than other synthetic products when it comes to treat or prevent skin rashes – as well as they are gentle and safe for the skin. Indeed, essential oils are extracted from plants through one of two processes – distillation or expression – which allow the oils to retain the properties of the plant from which they originate, creating a therapeutic modality that existed long before the invention of the chemicals we now consider “treatment.”
Furthermore, many essential oils contain powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make them a perfect choice for the treatment of rashes.
In conclusion, not only are they a better option for overall health, essential oils have also stood the test of time, having been used by some of the oldest cultures in the world.
TOP ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SKIN RASHES
1. Rosemary Oil
The essential oil of Rosemary is very effective against skin rashes caused by dermatitis, eczema, allergies, heat etc. The oil has healing, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that are particularly effective in soothing away the pain of the skin rash.
2. Chamomile Oil
Chamomile essential oil is one of the best essential oils for skin rashes. It is analgesic, anti-inflammatory and cicatrizing which means it restores the skin back to its healthy appearance.
It is of two varieties: Roman chamomile and German chamomile.
- Roman chamomile is especially beneficial for skin rashes like dermatitis, scabies, sores, dry skin, and allergic rashes.
- German chamomile, on the other hand, is beneficial for acne, psoriasis, hypersensitive skin and allergic reactions caused by environmental factors.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
The aboriginal tribes of Australia were known to use this wonderful healing oil for burns, wounds, cuts, insect bites, blisters, and various other skin infections.
Many skin care formulations today contain this cooling, stimulating oil to boost blood circulation and restore skin’s moisture barrier.
4. Geranium Oil
Geranium oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties that make it one of the best oils for skin rashes, infections, cuts, wounds, burns, blisters – as well as acne and psoriasis. It is also known to heal eczema and contact dermatitis.
It not only repels mosquitoes (take note of this for the upcoming summer!!), but can also quickly heal and soothe the swelling, redness, and rash caused by insect bites and stings. On top of that, this oil helps boost blood circulation to restore the natural healthy look of the skin. What else could you ever wish for?!
5. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is believed to have originated in the Middle East, where it was used for its numerous therapeutic and medicinal properties. At the skin level, this essential oil is used to fight skin irritation, rashes, eczema, dermatitis, scabies and heat rashes.
6. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil, which has originated in France, is believed to have given birth to the wonderful branch of science-Aromatherapy. Mostly used to treat allergic rashes – as it’s considered a natural antihistamine – Lavender oil is also useful in treating swelling, skin rashes, acne, burns, insect bites and psoriasis.
7. Rose Oil
Rose oil is a great cooling moisturizer, a property that is useful for eczema prone skin. It boosts the circulatory system and also stimulates detoxification from the skin, kidneys and liver. Rose oil is wonderful for treating allergies, acne, scabies and other inflammatory conditions of the skin.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is a strongly antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory oil. It is particularly recommended for bacterial skin infections. Keep in mind that this potent oil must always be used with a suitable carrier oil (we’ll talk about some later) and should never be applied directly on the skin.
9. Sandalwood Oil
While it is commonly known as a fragrant addition to perfumes and body care products, sandalwood oil is also famous for having many therapeutic properties. It is, in fact, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and an emollient.
Sandalwood oil is a fantastic choice for irritated skin as it protects from infection and helps to soothe dermal inflammations by keeping skin hydrated.
Keep in mind that it works even better if combined with a carrier (such as coconut oil) and applied to the affected areas like a lotion.
10. Cedarwood Oil
Cedarwood oil is believed to be one of the first essential oils ever extracted. Originated in the Himalayan region, it has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments.
It has antibacterial, antifungal, astringent and pain-killing properties, which make it effective against diverse rash symptoms. Indeed, it protects the skin against any further infection, relieves pain caused by irritated skin and reduces inflammation to encourage the body’s natural tissue rejuvenation response. This is one of the oils on the list that I recommend the most!
11. Myrrh Oil
The use of myrrh oil dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, where it was used to treat a variety of conditions, including those affecting the skin.
It possesses antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, that make it a valuable addition to many skin care treatments. Effective in the treatment of wounds, fungal infections, and dry skin, this oil has been used for thousands of years to maintain healthy skin and bolster the immune system.
Myrrh oil is one of the few oils that can be applied to the affected area undiluted.
12. Patchouli Oil
Patchouli Oil is an earthy oil that works as an insecticide and prevents infestation of insects like fleas, lice, mosquitoes, etc. – but also functions as a fungicide and is effective in treating fungal infections like toenail fungus, jock itch, athlete’s foot, etc. Finally, it’s an effective remedy for eczema.
13. Palmarosa Oil
Palmarosa oil is distilled from Palmarosa grass and is used for treating many cosmetic concerns. This oil (which smells so good btw!) hydrates the skin and balances the production of sebum on both oily and dry skin.
When used on itching or irritated skin, it will alleviate inflammation and provide soothing relief, but it can also be beneficial for people with eczema, dermatitis, stretch marks or scar tissues. On top of that, you can use Palmarosa to clear wrinkles and achieve a younger looking skin.
HOW TO USE THEM
The essential oils listed in this post are very useful in healing skin rash, swelling, inflammation, infection etc. However, since they are very potent, they can have contraindications if not applied properly. But fear not: you’ll find everything you need to know here!
As we already mentioned, essential oils are extremely concentrated and need to be diluted in order to be applicable on the inflammation. Dilution ensures that the application will be soothing rather than uncomfortable. Dilution also assures that no essential oil is wasted due to over application.
Despite the term “dilution” properties of the oils are not reduced by this practice and doing so does not make them any less effective. Here’s a list of the most popular carrier oils to use in therapeutic treatment:
- Coconut oil
- Argan oil
- Almond oil
- Olive oil
- Jojoba oil
- Shea butter – unlike the other oils mentioned, this butter is less common to be used as an oil carrier, but this doesn’t mean it’s not as effective. Au contraire. It’s used to keep your skin hydrated during any skin disorder flare-ups and does its job flawlessly.
With Carrier Oils: We already mentioned the importance of diluting essential oils before rubbing them on your skin. To do so, mix 2-4 drops of essential oils with one teaspoonful of your preferred carrier oil (you can also use your moisturizing lotion) and then massage on the affected area to get a soothing relief.
If you are trying an oil for the first time, I suggest you perform a skin patch test to determine its suitability with your skin.
During Bath: Add a few drops of essential oils to your filled bathtub and soak yourself in the water for 30 minutes. You will get significant relief from itches and will get out feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.
Compress: Soak a piece of clothing in warm or cold water, wring out and add a few drops of essential oils on it. Compress on the affected area for about 10 minutes.
Inhalation: Note this works best for rashes in the face. Add 4-5 drops of essential oil to a bowl containing hot water. Hold your head above the bowl, close your eyes, and let the steam hit your face (you can also cover your head with a towel). Warm water will help opening skin pores and therefore, let the useful essential oils be absorbed deep into the tissues. This will speed up the healing process and reduce swelling and inflammation.
Diffusing: You can use essential oils with your diffuser (this is used to repel mosquitos and other insects).
Spray: For face or body spray, mix 30-40 drops of essential oils with 100ml of water and pour in a sprayer bottle. For your room, mix 60 drops with 100ml of water.
- Be Careful If You’re Pregnant: most essential oils are unsafe for use during pregnancy!
- Some Oils Can Be Dangerous For Your Pet: make some research before using essential oils around your dogs – or other pets – as some of them can be dangerous for their health.
- Always Do A Skin Patch Test: it’s highly recommended you do a skin patch test before using any of the mentioned products, and the skin behind your ears is the best region to do it. A test will help you realize if you’re allergic to any of the substances and ingredients contained in your preferred essential oils. Keep in mind that possible allergies to essential oils can only worsen your skin rash and do no good for your health. Finally, the test is particularly recommended to people with sensitive skin or recurring skin disorders such as eczema.
- For Children: because of their sensitive skin, lavender and chamomile diluted with fractionated coconut oil (of course!) are the most used and recommended oils for children.
For more uses of essential oils to get a beautiful skin, watch this amazing video!
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