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Is your skin swollen or irritated? Is it itchy? Common rashes include eczema, hives, poison ivy and athlete’s foot. Skin rashes can be caused by many things, such as an insect bite, a medical condition or an infection. I think you’ll agree when I say that skin rashes can be very annoying. The good news is that there are effective and natural solutions to heal skin rashes. Essential oils are great for all kinds of skin problems.

Now the question is: What are the best essential oils for skin rashes and skin conditions? And how to use them? There are lots of essential oils that have unique properties for skin. For example, rosemary, tea tree, lavender, neem and chamomile essential oils provide great benefits for skin problems. 

Let’s discover the world of aromatherapy and how it can help with all kinds of skin rashes.

About essential oils…

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. In fact, these healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects if they are properly used!

Top Essential Oils for itchy skin rashes: Tea Tree & Lavender

There are a lot of essential oils to choose from. Did you know that there are more than 90 essential oils, and each essential oil has its own health benefits? If your skin rash is very itchy, some essential oils are better than others to relieve itchiness. Here are the best essential oils to soothe the itch:

Tea tree essential oil 

This essential oil soothes all kinds of skin conditions associated with itchiness: sunburns, insect bites (such as flea bites), scrapes, poison ivy… It’s a must for your summer first aid kit! Tea tree oil is also effective against conditions ranging from candida to acne.

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

It’s one of the essential oils to always have at home.

I recommend the brand Aura Cacia, but there are lots of other great brands you can find in health food stores. You can buy it online here.

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Lavender essential oil

Lavender calms the itch and it’s very effective for skin rashes caused by insect bites. It can help speed healing in burns and cuts as well as all kinds of skin rashes. It is also known to decrease anxiety, promote better sleep, and reduce inflammation.

Likewise, lavender oil is an essential oil that should be in every home! 

Lavender Essential Oil Takes The Itch Out Of Mosquito Bites.

Best essential oils for baby skin rashes: Lavender & Chamomile

According to Valerie Ann Worwood who is the author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, lavender and chamomile essential oils are safe for babies.

Therefore these essential oils can be used for baby skin rashes, such as diaper rash or allergies to insect bites.

How to use essential oils for baby skin rashes?

Note: Always perform a patch test on your baby’s skin and don’t put undiluted essential oil directly on baby’s skin.

Essential Oils during Pregnancy

Most essential oils shouldn’t be used while pregnant. However, there are a few exceptions. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, essential oils that appear to be safe during pregnancy include:

  • cardamon
  • German and Roman chamomile
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • neroli
  • patchouli
  • petitgrain
  • rosewood
  • rose
  • sandalwood 

Although they appear to be safe, the NAHA adds that it would be prudent to avoid the internal or undiluted application of essential oils throughout pregnancy.

List of the best essential oils for skin Problems

There are a lot of essential oils that can be used to improve skin health. To summarize, you’ll find here below a list of the best essential oils for skin problems.

This list is a quick reference guide. Please consult a qualified practitioner for proper treatment, application and dosage.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Cedarwood essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: skin cleanser, scalp problems, oily skin, psoriasis, inflamed skin
  • Emotional benefits: calming
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Chamomile essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: irritated skin, psoriasis, baby skin rashes, shingles, inflamed skin, dry skin, sunburns, eczema (dry & wet)
  • Emotional benefits: relaxing, soothing
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Cypress essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: irritated skin, oily skin, varicose veins, warts, poison ivy
  • Emotional benefits: relaxing, soothing
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Eucalyptus essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: shingles, thrush, eczema
  • Emotional benefits: cooling
  • Caution: do not use if you have high blood pressure

Fennel essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: skin cleanser, wrinkles
  • Emotional benefits: revitalizing
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Frankincense essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: skin tonic, astringent, scars (to prevent), irritated skin, warts, wrinkles
  • Emotional benefits: calming

Geranium essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: ringworms, shingles, irritated skin, dry skin, yeast infection, wrinkles, insect repellent, eczema (dry), psoriasis, ticks
  • Emotional benefits: helps relieve anxiety

Hyssop essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: eczema (dry & wet)  

Jasmine essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: irritated skin, oily & dry skin, warts
  • Emotional benefits: balancing, soothing

Juniper essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: varicose veins, eczema (wet)
  • Emotional benefits: calming
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Lavender essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: psoriasis, skin rashes, ringworms, scars from burns, shingles, cold sores, oily & dry skin, stretch marks, sunburns, thrush, varicose veins, warts, wrinkles, eczema (wet), mosquito bitespoison ivy
  • Emotional benefits: relaxing, healing
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Lemon essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: skin cleanser, oily & dry skin, varicose veins, warts, wrinkles
  • Emotional benefits: uplifting
  • Caution: do not apply before strong exposure to sunlight

Lemongrass essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: varicose veins, insect repellent
  • Emotional benefits: energizing
  • Caution: sensitive skin

Marjoram essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: thrush   

Myrrh essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: chapped and cracked skin, ringworms, stretch marks, yeast infection, wrinkles, eczema (wet)
  • Emotional benefits: cooling
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Myrtle essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: antiseptic  

Neem essential oil

Orange essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: skin tonic and cleanser (oily skin, wrinkles)
  • Emotional benefits: soothing
  • Caution: do not apply before strong exposure to sunlight

Oregano essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: warts, psoriasis, wrinkles
  • Emotional benefits: energizes body and mind

Palma rosa essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: moisturizing (rash, scaly and flaky skin)
  • Emotional benefits: calming

Patchouli essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: oily hair and skin, irritated skin, dry skin, yeast infection, wrinkles, eczema
  • Emotional benefits: balancing

Peppermint essential oil

Rose essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: scars (to prevent), thrush, wrinkles
  • Emotional benefits: relaxing

Rosemary essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: skin elasticity, ringworms, candida & vaginal candida, wrinkles, eczema (dry), psoriasis
  • Emotional benefits: stimulating
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Rosewood essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: skin elasticity, candida, dry skin, insect repellent, eczema  

Sage essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: regenerates (eczema)
  • Caution: do not use during pregnancy

Sandalwood essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: regenerates (dehydrated skin, dry skin, wrinkles)
  • Emotional benefits: balancing

Tangerine essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: skin tonic and cleanser
  • Emotional benefits: soothing
  • Caution: do not apply before strong exposure to sunlight

Tea tree essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: dry scalp, fungus, acne, cold sores, cut, insect bites, burns, vaginal infection, ringworms, shingles, sunburns, cuts, minor wounds, baby skin rashes, poison ivy
  • Emotional benefits: revitalizing

Thyme essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: psoriasis, insect repellent, ringworms, thrush, wrinkles  

Ylang ylang essential oil

  • Main skin benefits: oily skin
  • Emotional benefits: sensual 

How to use essential oils…

A good place to start is to get a book about therapeutic aromatherapy or/and consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. In fact, there are many good books available and you will be able to find one that matches your needs.

Here’s a great book of essential oils and aromatherapy that I recommend:

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In brief, here are 6 ways you can use essential oils:

Diffusion

  • 8-10 drops in an oil burner with water.

Massage

  • 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).

Bathing

  • 10 drops in a warm bath.

Inhalation

  • 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.).

Spray

  • 30-40 drops in 100ml of water for a face/body spray.
  • 60 drops in 100ml water for a room spray

Or even…

  • A few drops on a tissue… A few drops on the cotton pouch where you put your biodegradable Himalayan soap nuts for your laundry…

Cautious

Essential oils are pure plant based oils that offer a variety of therapeutic, psychological and physical benefits. Each essential oil has unique characteristics and promote healing if you know how to use them.

If you decide to use essential oils for skin rashes, be aware that some essential oils themselves may cause skin irritation. 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 (see below).
  • Avoid using the oil on young children who may have more sensitive skin.
  • Always consult a doctor or herbalist for proper application of oils.

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How do you use essential oils? Do you have a favorite essential oil for skin rashes? Feel free to leave a comment here below!

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