Best essential oils for skin » Edit
Essential oils are pure plant based oils that offer a variety of therapeutic, psychological and physical benefits. What are the best essential oils for skin? Each essential oil has unique characteristics and promote healing if you know how to use them. Let's discover the world of aromatherapy...
Why using essential oils on skin?
Essential oils have been used for more than 5000 years as natural medicine and to improve the health of skin, hair and body. Essential oils are aromatic liquids obtained from flowers, trees, seeds, leaves, stems, grasses, fruits, and roots. They are highly concentrated and do not contain artificial fragrances, like perfumes or fragrance oils.
Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects if they are properly used!
What are the best essential oils for skin care?
Before you check this quick reference guide that lists the best essential oils used for skincare, be aware that essential oils should be used with extreme caution.
- Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin.
- Essential oils can sometimes irritate the skin, especially if you are allergic. You can test for allergies by rubbing the oil into a small patch of skin. If the skin becomes irritated, don't continue to use the oil.
- Most essential oils shouldn't be used while pregnant.
- Avoid using the oil on young children who may have more sensitive skin.
- Please always consult a doctor or herbalist for proper application of oils.
List of the best essential oils for skin
Main skin benefits
|Bergamot essential oil||skin cleanser, psoriasis, shingles, oily skin, thrush, varicose veins, dry eczema, shingles||uplifting, refreshing||do not apply before exposure to strong sunlight|
|Cedarwood essential oil||skin cleanser, scalp problems, oily skin, psoriasis, inflamed skin||calming||do not use during pregnancy|
|Chamomile essential oil||irritated skin, psoriasis, rashes, shingles, inflamed skin, dry skin, sunburns, eczema (dry & wet)||relaxing, soothing||do not use during pregnancy|
|Clary sage essential oil||pimples, oily skin, wrinkles||relaxing, warming||do not use during pregnancy|
|Cypress essential oil||irritated skin, oily skin, varicose veins, warts|
|Eucalyptus essential oil||shingles, thrush, eczema||cooling||do not use if you have high blood pressure|
|Fennel essential oil||skin cleanser, wrinkles||revitalizing||do not use during pregnancy|
|Frankincense essential oil||skin tonic, astringent, scars (to prevent), irritated skin, warts, wrinkles||calming|
|Geranium essential oil||ringworms, shingles, irritated skin, dry skin, yeast infection, wrinkles, insect repellent, eczema (dry)||helps relieve anxiety||do not use during pregnancy|
|Hyssop essential oil||eczema (dry & wet)|
|Jasmine essential oil||irritated skin, oily & dry skin, warts||balancing, soothing|
|Juniper essential oil||varicose veins, eczema (wet)||calming||do not use during pregnancy|
|Lavender essential oil||psoriasis, rashes, ringworms, scars from burns, shingles, cold sores, oily & dry skin, stretch marks, sunburns, thrush, varicose veins, warts, wrinkles, eczema (wet)||relaxing, healing||do not use during pregnancy|
|Lemon essential oil||skin cleanser, oily & dry skin, varicose veins, warts, wrinkles||uplifting||do not apply before strong exposure to sunlight|
|Lemongrass essential oil||varicose veins, insect repellent||energizing||sensitive skin|
|Marjoram essential oil||thrush|
|Melaleuca essential oil||ringworms, shingles, sunburns, yeast infection|
|Myrrh essential oil||chapped and cracked skin, ringworms, stretch marks, yeast infection, wrinkles, eczema (wet)||cooling||do not use during pregnancy|
|Myrtle essential oil||antiseptic|
|Neem essential oil||psoriasis, eczema, fungus|
|Orange essential oil||skin tonic and cleanser (oily skin, wrinkles)||soothing||do not apply before strong exposure to sunlight|
|Oregano essential oil||warts, psoriasis, wrinkles|
|Palma rosa essential oil||moisturizing (rash, scaly and flaky skin)||calming|
|Patchouli essential oil||oily hair and skin, irritated skin, dry skin, yeast infection, wrinkles, eczema||balancing|
|Peppermint essential oil||itchy skin, ringworms, varicose veins, insect repellent||reviving|
|Rose essential oil||scars (to prevent), thrush, wrinkles||relaxing|
|Rosemary essential oil||skin elasticity, ringworms, candida & vaginal candida, wrinkles, eczema (dry), psoriasis||stimulating||do not use during pregnancy|
|Rosewood essential oil||skin elasticity, candida, dry skin, insect repellent, eczema|
|Sage essential oil||regenerates (eczema)||do not use during pregnancy|
|Sandalwood essential oil||regenerates (dehydrated skin, dry skin, wrinkles)||balancing|
|Tangerine essential oil||skin tonic and cleanser||soothing||do not apply before strong exposure to sunlight|
|Tea tree essential oil||dry scalp, fungus, acne, cut, insect bites, burns, vaginal infection||revitalizing|
|Thyme essential oil||psoriasis, insect repellent, ringworms, thrush, wrinkles|
|Ylang ylang essential oil||oily skin||sensual|
What are the top essential oils for skin conditions?
There are so many essential oils that have unique properties for skin. But these ones are Optiderma's favorite essential oils. They provide great benefits for skin conditions:
Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which help calm inflammation and soothe the skin. It has antimicrobial properties which help prevent the build-up of bacteria on the skin and it contains naturally powerful antioxidants which inhibit the activities of free radicals and slow the effects of aging.
Essential oils for psoriasis and scalp psoriasis (skincare recipe shared by Optiderma.com)
Neem Essential Oil
Neem oil has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It soothes the redness and irritation, through the steroid like effect of some of its ingredients. Neem can affect your skin similar to the way steroids do, but without all the nasty side effects! Neem oil moisturizes, protects, and heals any lesions or scaling. Research shows that neem oil relieves the symptoms of psoriasis. The only drawback is that Neem oil has a garlic-nutty smell...
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has so many different uses because of its powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. When applied to the skin, it has the ability to destroy the bacteria involved in the development of acne. It's commonly used as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, and recurrent herpes labialis.
Top 5 essential oils with unique health benefits (Optiderma.com)
How to use essential oils?
The essential oil that you choose will depend on the purpose and the type of essential oils. A good place to start is to get a book about therapeutic aromatherapy or/and consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. There are many good books available and you will be able to find one that matches your needs.
Here are some general guidelines on how to use essential oils:
8-10 drops in an oil burner with water.
10-12 drops for every 2 tablespoons of carrier oil or lotion.
1 drop on your index finger and rub on temples or back of your neck (not for all oils).
10 drops in a warm bath.
5-6 drops in a hot bowl of water for a facial steam. Hold your head about 9 inches above the bowl, close your eyes, and inhale (for 10 minutes appr.).
30-40 drops in 100ml of water for a face/body spray.
60 drops in 100ml water for a room spray
A few drops on a tissue... A few drops on the cotton pouch where you put your biodegradable Himalayan soap nuts for your laundry...
Essential oils should be used with extreme caution especially during pregnancy. Please consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils.