Essential oils provide a fantastic natural alternative to common skin ailments. In general, they contain some excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Here are 5 essential oils that can be used on skin and provide great benefits: rosemary, neem, chamomile, lavender and tea tree oil.
Rosemary Essential Oil
- Has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which help calm inflammation and soothe the skin.
- Improves the appearance of chronic skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
- Has antimicrobial properties which help prevent the build-up of bacteria on the skin.
- Contains naturally powerful antioxidants which inhibit the activities of free radicals and slow the effects of aging.
- Has skin lightening effects and helps to naturally correct age spots.
- Stimulates biological activity and cell growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Tones and firms sagging skin.
Did you know rosemary essential oil can also help with hair loss? Check out this post: 7 Reasons Why You Should Try Rosemary Oil For Hair Growth
Neem Essential Oil
- Has strong anti-bacterial properties. It is ideal for acne prone skin because it helps clear up pimples and remove bacteria that cause breakouts.
- Prevents and treats scar because of its high fatty acid content.
- Is a powerful anti-fungal agent, which helps treat ring worms, nail fungus and athletes foot.
- 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.
- Moisturizes, protects, and heals any lesions or scaling. Research shows that neem oil relieves the symptoms of psoriasis.
If you have psoriasis and want to give a try to neem oil, you may try this recipe: Neem oil for psoriasis
Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Has 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.
- Can be applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such fungal infections of the nail, lice, scabies, athlete’s foot, and ringworm.
- Is used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, and recurrent herpes labialis.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is commonly used to treat acne. Here is a recipe using tea tree: Antibacterial lotion for acne
Lavender Essential Oil
- Is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It is commonly used as a natural cleanser for skin cuts and abrasions.
- Contains properties that help accelerate the wound healing process (burns, cuts, bites and stings).
- Is also effective in preventing hair loss and works to combat excess oil.
- May be more effective in combating fungal infections than conventional anti-fungal medication. Research shows that athlete’s foot, ringworm and other fungal infections may effectively be treated using lavender essential oil.
A good skincare recipe containing lavender oil to get rid of dandruff: Scalp tonic anti-dandruff
Chamomile Essential Oil
- Is a powerful anti-inflammatory. German chamomile may be used in the treatment of acne or any skin that is red and inflamed (like eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis).
- Calms sensitive skin (especially Roman Chamomile). Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is one of the few essential oils that most agree is especially safe to use, well diluted, with children.
Warnings about essential oils
- Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. Also, some essential oils are not suitable for use on the skin. They may either burn the skin or need to be diluted to such a weak solution that they lose their effectiveness.
- 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.
- If you are pregnant don’t use essential oils.
- 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.