Essential oils for Eczema and Psoriasis
Posted on 02 March 2019
Eczema is a very itchy and dry skin predicament that can affect anyone: from babies to the elderly. For many people, eczema can be managed effectively with conventional medicine or simple homemade remedies like slathering a generous amount of shea butter, for example. Another potent home remedy is to use specific essential oils for severe eczema relief.
Essential oils are among such natural remedies and they have powerful natural healing effects for a myriad of ailments including inflammatory skin problems like eczema. While natural substances such as shea butter or coconut oil on their own can be applied to calm normal eczema, for severe eczema, something stronger but at the same time all-natural and safe to use such as essential oils work more effectively.
The most commonly known essential oil in the world of aroma therapy, lavender has a multitude of purposes. Also, since it’s an oil that can be used directly on skin without dilution. Meaning, it’s safe to use for severe eczema without irritating it more. Moreover, lavender oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and extremely soothing for skin conditions that involve rashes, itching, inflammation and dryness.
Peppermint oil is an incredible pain reliever so if you’re suffering with painful eczema, you should get a bottle of this precious liquid! The reason it significantly reduces the pain related to severe eczema is because of its high menthol content that numbs down pains & aches. Also, it gives a pleasant tingling sensation that can take your or your child’s mind off the constant scratching at itchy eczema patches.
Geranium promotes rapid skin healing and eases pains and discomforts associated with skin conditions including eczema. It’s good for all skin types as it promotes a balanced level of sebum on the surface of the skin.
Effective ways to Use Essential oils for Eczema Relief
Soothing Lavender Oat Bath: Run a warm bath and add in two handfuls of instant oatmeal. Add 7 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil and stir the bath water with your clean hand. Soak in the bath for at least 20 minutes to give your skin a soothing relief.
Tea Tree Tonic: Mix 5 drops of tea tree essential oil in ¼ cup of jojoba oil and massage this all over the skin affected by eczema.
Topical Application - Essential oils for eczema and dermatitis should be used in a 1-2% dilution (6-12 drops of any of the above essential oil + 15ml of Carrier Oil such as Jojoba Oil or Coconut Oil); gently apply to area in need 2-3 x per day during acute phase and 1-2 x per day to maintain skin health.