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Essential Oils for Skin Conditions

Using essential oils for skin conditions offers a generally safe way to deal with minor skin problems and sometimes help manage more persistent ailments.

Structure of the skinSkin is prone a number of conditions,some of which can benefit from essential oils.

This article suggests essential oils for the following skin conditions:

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Important: If you haven't previously used an essential oil, it's always a good idea to spot test the oil before using it extensively. If you see any type of adverse reaction from one of the suggested blends, stop using it immediately.

Essential Oils for Skin Tags

To get rid of skin tags, use one of the following blends:

  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops cypress essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil

or

  • 4 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 drops oregano essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil

Apply a little of the blend to skin tags once or twice a day. Optionally, then cover the skin tag with a bandage.

These blends may require several weeks or more of use.
 
Source: Essential Oils For Healing

Essential Oils for Age Spots

Small, flat dark spots on the skin, known as age spots, liver spots, sunspots, or solar lentigines, are harmless, but you may see them fade with one of the following blends.

Age Spot Bandage

  • 1 drop helichrysum essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Blend ingredients. Apply to age spots. Cover with a bandage.

Age Spot Prevention Face Spray

  • 3 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled water

Blend ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Avoid spraying in eyes.

Age Spot Hand Soak or Bath

  • 3 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil
  • 1 tablespoon milk (optional)

Blend ingredients. Stir into a basin of water for a hand soak or into a bath.

Source: Essential Oils For Healing

If you want to use a single essential oil for age spots, try frankincense.

Essential Oils for Warts

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy recommends the following essential oils to get rid of warts:

  • Cinnamon leaf
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Manuka
  • Niaouli
  • Oregano
  • Tea tree

You may need to experiment to find the oil that works best for you, as there are different types of warts and everyone responds differently.

Important: Some of the oils, especially cinnamon leaf and oregano, may irritate the skin of some people.

Verruca and Wart Blend

  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops manuka or tea tree essential oil

Dilute a drop of the blend in 2–4 drops carrier oil. Apply to wart once a day.

Essential Oils for Boils

For painful, red, swollen boils, make an essential oil compress:

  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 3 drops thyme essential oil
  • 3 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup very hot water
  1. Add all the ingredients to the hot water and mix well.
  2. Soak a compress in the water. Wring out. Apply to boils.
  3. When compress cools, soak again in the hot water.

Source: Massage & Aromatherapy

Boil Bandage

  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil

Apply blend to bandage and cover boil.

Source: Essential Oils For Healing

Essential Oils for Hives

If you have hives, it's best to know the underlying cause before using essential oils. If you are confident its something that essential oils aren't likely to irritate, here are two blends that can soothe this skin condition.

Hives Relief Oil

Mix the following ingredients in a small container and dab on your skin as needed:

  • 3 drops melissa essential oil
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel

Source: Massage & Aromatherapy

Itch-Relieving Hive Wash

Note: Don't use on an open wound or near sensitive body parts.

  • 3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  1. Blend the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Use a so washcloth to apply the wash to affected areas.
  3. Let air dry.

Source: Essential Oils For Healing

Essential Oils for Blisters

Do NOT break blisters. Gently apply 1 drop undiluted lavender and 1 drop undiluted Roman chamomile, according to aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.

Blister Prevention

  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil

Rub a little of the blend onto blister-prone areas.

Source: Hands-On Healing Remedies

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