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Essential Oils for inflamed, dry, or itchy skin

Many suffer from dermatitis, itchy and flaky skin, or just plain dryness. Did you know you can use essential oils to treat these conditions safely and naturally? You can!

Sensitive skin impacts so many people, which means either you or someone close to you suffers from rosacea, acne, contact dermatitis, excessive dryness and flakiness, eczema, or redness. All these conditions are a bit different, but there’s a clear common denominator: inflammation!

Many artificial or harsh scents, colors, etc. in commercial skin products can trigger skin inflammation. All inflammation, including skin, is complex and not completely understood. If you suffer from any of those conditions, it’s time to take a good, long look at your cleaning supplies and start weeding out the likely triggers! Get rid of commercial fabric dryer sheets, laundry detergents with surfactants, commercial soaps containing harsh ingredients, and start protecting your skin! Wear non-latex gloves when you clean the bathroom, for example, and use natural and gentle skin care products.

You can also begin to heal damaged skin using essential oils! Some of the top essential oils for healing and calming troubled skin include

Geranium (uplifting and strengthening). Geranium essential oil offers balance by both calming inflammation and stimulating new skin growth. It also balances skin condition by helping to regulate sebum production, and so is perfect for all skin types. This also helps Geranium speed wound healing. Use in very small amounts, and go slowly!

Juniper (healing and anti-inflammatory). This soothing essential oil offers amazing anti-inflammatory action! Famed for helping with eczema and psoriasis, try this essential oil on itchy, patchy skin.

Sandalwood (moisturizing and protecting). With its rich scent, Sandalwood is effective for nourishing dry skin and can help with rashes. It may also protect your skin against impurities, pollution, and unwanted microbes. Try it on acne-prone skin!

Lavender (calming and cooling). Skin benefits of Lavender may include reducing redness, soothing inflammation, and assisting with dryness. Lavender may also help to clear up eczema, acne, psoriasis, and scarring! Plus, you can use it directly on your skin!

Most essential oils must be used with carrier oils, in very small amounts! Some favorites include sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, or evening primrose oil. Look for organic products and get to know the manufacturer.

A good starting point to try essential oils on your skin is to start with one or two drops of the essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil. Mix small amounts at first, while you find a combination that works for you.

And, the quality of the essential oil is important! Check for artificial fragrances and chemical fillers! Use your health care dollar to purchase pure ingredients, and mix them yourself.