Essential Oils For Eczema

Essential Oils For Eczema

Anyone who has experienced the itchiness of an eczema rash knows the struggle of trying to combat the frustrating inflammation while simultaneously trying to avoid further irritating the condition. This can be a difficult balancing act and while there are some prescription medications that work, many would rather go a less harsh route and stick to natural methods that work. 

Eczema affects roughly ten percent of the entire US population. That’s a little over thirty-six million people who are dealing with this condition and likely eager to find ways to prevent and treat flare-ups. The specific cause of eczema is not known but it’s believed to be the result of environmental triggers along with a genetic predisposition. 

Essential oils are a natural and effective way for you to soothe eczema flare-ups without relying on conventional medicine. Many essential oils have undergone scientific research to verify their healing claims. Let’s take a look at ten of the best essential oils for treating eczema and some ways that you can use them. (1)

 

Carrier Oils

There are three common ways essential oils are used to provide medicinal relief; topical, aromatic, and internally. For the purpose of treating eczema, it’s recommended that you use these oils topically and dilute most of them with a carrier oil prior to use. 

Here are some examples of carrier oils you can dilute your essential oils with to avoid skin irritation. 

  • Coconut oil
  • Sweet almond oil 
  • Olive oil
  • Shea butter
  • Grape seed oil
  • Jojoba oil 

 

Essential Oils For Eczema

Lavandula Angustifolia Cherished for over centuries, lavender essential oil is renowned for its unmistakable aroma as well as myriad benefits. With topical, internal and aromatic applications, the oil definitely has a lot to bring on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$28.00
Tea Tree Oil (Large 4 Ounce) Best Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil
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$9.99
Neroli Essential Oil - 100% Pure in Jojoba (30%/70% Ratio) Best Therapeutic Grade - 10ml
Neroli Essential Oil
The most UNIQUE and AMAZING SMELLING Neroli on the market, in our opinion. If you are not ABSOLUTELY amazed, receive a full refund from the manufacturer, Healing Solutions, no questions asked!
$24.99
Best Rose Geranium Oil - 100% Pure Rose Geranium Essential Oil - 120ml
Rose Essential Oil
The most UNIQUE and AMAZING SMELLING Rose Geranium on the market, in our opinion. If you are not ABSOLUTELY amazed, receive a full refund no questions asked!
$54.99
Boswellia Renowned as one of the most beneficial essential oils, frankincense is truly a gift of nature. It brings a range of splendid advantages and it’s truly precious, to say the least. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$93.00
Juniperus Virginiana (Cedrus Doedara/Atlantica/Cedrus Libani) Renowned for its woody, warm scent and rather rich hue, cedarwood essential oil comes packed with a range of different advantages. It’s one of the most commonly sold products on the oil market. Applications: Aromatic Topical  
$17.33
Anthemis Nobilis With a range of different uses, Roman Chamomile comes packed with advantages. Derived from the beautiful daisy-like flower, it is amongst the mostly demanded products. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$60.00
Citrus bergamia Bergamot essential oil has a light citrusy aroma with the power to both relax and invigorate.  This oil also harnesses medicinal qualities that can boost overall digestive and cardiovascular health.* Applications: Aromatic Topical Internal
$36.67
Commiphora myrrha Myrrh was once lauded as a gift “worth its weight in gold,” and has been used for centuries to promote emotional peace and overall physical well-being.* Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$69.33
Helichrysum italicum Deriving from the beautiful flowers of a small perennial herb, helichrysum essential oil is renowned as tremendously beneficial product. From skin benefits to improved metabolism, the advantages are certainly various. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$100.00

 

1. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilThe soothing properties of lavender essential oil make it an excellent choice to calm eczema flare-ups. Beta-caryophyllene in lavender essential oil is responsible for its anti-inflammatory effects. A 2016 study showed that lavender is capable of speeding wound healing times.(2)


How to use: topical

Salve

  • Combine three to four drops of lavender essential oil with one teaspoon of a carrier oil
  • Apply this to clean skin up to three times a day or as needed

 

Bath Mixture

  • Add six drops of lavender essential oil to bath water and mix to ensure oil is dispersed
  • Soak for at least five minutes
  • Followup with a moisturizer such as a carrier oil to lock in moisture
  • When using essential oils in bath water you can add a handful of bath salts to add in the dispersion of the oils


Generally considered mild, take note that lavender oil has been known to stimulate labor.

 

2. Tea Tree Essential Oil

One of the main hallmarks of eczema is the annoying itch that seems nearly impossible to calm. Tea tree essential oil not only helps to alleviate the itchiness of eczema but also provides protection from infections with its antimicrobial properties.

The anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree essential oil reduce swelling, redness, and pain associated with eczema. 

 

How to use: topical


Direct

  • Apply one to three drops of tea tree essential oil onto a cotton ball and apply directly onto the skin
  • Test a small non-affected area first to see if the direct approach is too harsh for your skin

 

Salve

  • Mix three to four drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of carrier oil of your choice
  • Mix well 
  • Apply using your hands or a cotton ball to the affected area two times a day


This oil should never be ingested.

 

3. Neroli Essential Oil

Neroli essential oil can help soothe the itch of eczema as well as help reduce swelling and pain. It’s known to revive skin at a cellular level and has some of the same calming effects of lavender.

 

How to use: topical


Bath Soak

  • Add three to four drops of neroli essential oil to bath water or a foot tub if your feet are the only affected area
  • Soak for at least five minutes
  • Follow up with a moisturizer


Body spray

  • Combine one half of a cup of distilled water with four drops of neroli essential oil into a spray bottle 
  • Seal and shake well 
  • Spray the mixture onto affected area three times a day 
  • Make sure you shake well before each use

 

Salve

  • Add two to three drops of neroli essential oil to one teaspoon of your choice of carrier oil
  • Mix well
  • Apply to the affected area up to three times a day

 

Do not use if pregnant.

 

4. Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil not only smells great but has a wealth of healing benefits that make it an ideal oil for eczema treatment. This oil stimulates circulation encouraging cell turn over and healing. Rich in nutrients that your skin loves, rose essential oil can help fade scars and soothe inflamed skin. 


How to use: topical

 

Body spray

  • Combine one half of a cup of distilled water with four to six drops of rose essential oil into a spray bottle
  • Seal and shake well 
  • Spray the mixture onto affected area three times a day 
  • Make sure you shake well before each use 

 

Salve

  • Add three to five drops of rose essential oil to one teaspoon of your choice of carrier oil 
  • Mix well
  • Apply to the affected area as needed 

 

Do not take internally nor use undiluted on skin.

 

5. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential OilThis well known essential oil has recently been discovered by studies to contain tissue and cell regeneration properties. Something the ancients knew for some time. It is anti-inflammatory and soothing to nerves.

 

How to use: topical

 

Direct

  • Apply one to three drops of frankincense essential oil onto a cotton ball and apply directly onto the skin
  • Test a small non-affected area first to see if the direct approach is too harsh for your skin

 

Salve

  • Mix three to four drops of frankincense essential oil with one teaspoon of carrier oil of your choice
  • Mix well 
  • Apply using your hands or a cotton ball to the affected area two times a day

 

Compress

  • In a small bowl combine one half of a cup of water with five drops of frankincense oil 
  • Soak a gaze or dressing with the mixture and wring out excess
  • Lay dressing on the affected area for at least five minutes 
  • For quicker relief from inflammation, sit soaked dressing in the freezer for a few minutes and apply a cold compress to an affected area
  • Avoid using warm compresses on eczema inflamed skin as it can make it worse

 

Do not ingest this essential oil. Make need to be diluted with a carrier oil if skin irritation occurs.

 

6. Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood Essential OilCedarwood essential oil is another powerful anti-inflammatory oil that can bring you relief from eczema symptoms. 


How to use: topical and aromatic

Salve

  • Add two to three drops of cedarwood essential oil to one teaspoon of your choice of carrier oil
  • Mix well
  • Apply to the affected area up to three times a day

 

Diffuser

  • Use distilled water in your essential oil diffuser
  • Add two to three drops of cedarwood oil to your oil diffuser
  • Use throughout the day

 

Shampoo

  • For eczema that affects the scalp, add three to five drops of cedarwood oil to your shampoo or conditioner and use as you normally would

 

Cedarwood should never be taken internally as it can be toxic if ingested. Do not use if you are pregnant.

 

7. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential OilAnti-inflammatory and anti-itch, Roman chamomile is a top choice essential oil for eczema. Antibacterial properties protect against infections from weeping eczema rashes and is gentle enough for children. 

 

How to use: topical


Direct

  • Apply one to three drops of Roman chamomile essential oil onto a cotton ball and apply directly onto the skin
  • Test a small non-affected area first to see if the direct approach is too harsh for your skin

 

Body spray

  • Combine one half of a cup of distilled water with four drops of Roman chamomile essential oil into a spray bottle 
  • Seal and shake well
  • Spray the mixture onto affected area three times a day
  • Make sure you shake well before each use 

 

Bath Soak

  • Add three to four drops of Roman chamomile essential oil to bath water or a foot tub if your feet are the only affected area
  • Soak for at least five minutes
  • Follow up with a moisturizer

 

Don’t use if you have allergies to asters, echinacea, ragweed, feverview, or chrysanthemums.

 

8. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential OilA potent essential oil made from a citrus plant, bergamot has anti-inflammatory benefits that can sooth scaly rashes. Bergamot encourages cell regeneration healing rough patches and making way for new skin.


How to use: topical

 

Salve/Balm

  • Add one drop of bergamot essential oil to one ounce of your choice of carrier oil or favorite unscented lotion
  • Mix well
  • Apply to the affected area up to three times a day

 

Compress

  • In a small bowl combine one half of a cup of water with five drops of bergamot oil 
  • Soak a gaze or dressing with the mixture and wring out excess
  • Lay dressing on the affected area for at least five minutes 
  • For quicker relief from inflammation, sit soaked dressing in the freezer for a few minutes and apply a cold compress to affected area


Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Can be toxic if ingested. 

 

9. Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh Essential OilConsidered a holy oil by many religions, myrrh has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties as well as its aromatic fragrance.

 

How to use: topical


Salve

  • Add two to three drops of myrrh essential oil to one teaspoon of your choice of carrier oil 
  • Mix well
  • Apply to the affected area up to three times a day

 

Compress

  • In a small bowl combine one half of a cup of water with three to five drops of myrrh oil 
  • Soak a gaze or dressing with the mixture and wring out excess
  • Lay dressing on the affected area for at least five minutes
  • For quicker relief from inflammation, sit soaked dressing in the freezer for a few minutes and apply a cold compress to an affected area


Body spray

  • Combine one half of a cup of distilled water with four drops of myrrh essential oil into a spray bottle (You can also add a few drops of frankincense and bergamot as they mix well with this oil)
  • Seal and shake well
  • pray the mixture onto affected area three times a day 
  • Make sure you shake well before each use 

 

While approved by the FDA as a safe food additive, do not ingest for medicinal purposes without the supervision of your health care provider.

 

10. Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum Essential OilHelichrysum essential oil is made from a flower native to western Europe. While not as easy to find as lavender or Roman chamomile essential oil, helichrysum’s anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties are well worth the hunt. Moisturizing and supportive of localized blood flow this essential oil can speed up your skin recovery time. 

 

How to use: topical

 

Salve

  • Add two to three drops of helichrysum essential oil to one teaspoon of your choice of carrier oil 
  • Mix well
  • Apply to the affected area three times a day or as needed

 

Compress

  • In a small bowl combine one half of a cup of water with three to five drops of helichrysum oil
  • Soak a gaze or dressing with the mixture and wring out excess
  • Lay dressing on the affected area for at least five minutes 
  • For quicker relief from inflammation, sit soaked dressing in the freezer for a few minutes and apply a cold compress to the affected area

 

Shouldn’t be used undiluted.

 

Conclusion

There are many essential oils that offer benefits for calming eczema inflamed skin. All of the oils on this list can be used together in different combinations for added benefit. Whichever oils you chose to use remember to dilute the oils prior to use to avoid further irritating your skin.(3)