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The Best Essential Oils For Skin

Updated on January 21, 2013

Essential Oils in Skin Care and Cosmetics

Essential oils are commonly used in skin care products, and many products we buy in pharmacy for treating various skin conditions contain as the active ingredients essential oil. The trends in cosmetics and health put more emphasis on natural treatments with plant extracts on top of the preferences.

What Skin Conditions Can Essential Oils Treat?

Are they Really Effective?

The essential and carrier, or base, oils can heal a variety of conditions and improve skin's appearance and health dramatically. Each oil is recommended for a specific condition, and there are oils that have moderate effects on a given condition, and some that are simply better than cosmetics or pharmaceutic products.
Essential oils can be used to treat acne, to heal wounds and burns, to help the skin regenerate, balance the skin tone, eliminate fungi, and kill bacteria on the skin, treat dermatitis, reduce cellulite, treat chapped or cracked skin, help with psoriasis, diminish scars.

Following you will find many great oils that are known for their properties in healing the skin. There are also a few recipes for treating skin related problems with the help of oils.

Chamomile Oil

(Chamaemelum Nobile)

Chamomile Essential Oil is commonly used in massage work and aromatherapy. It has Herbal, Fruity scent and is known for its calming, soothing properties, and for its powerful sleep aid and stress relieving qualities. Chamomile Essential Oil is a good anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic, known to be very efficient in the treatment of infections, dry skin, insect bites, acne, and other common skin conditions.

Chamomile may cause skin irritation. Not to be used in early pregnancy.

Bergamot Oil

(Citrus Bergamia)

Bergamot is an uplifting oil and will give you a boost of energy when used. Its fruity scent with spicy tones, makes it the choice in many perfumes.

Bergamot essential oil can be used with success to balance oily, acne-prone skin. It is an excellent treatment for many skin problems including eczema and psoriasis. It also strengthens the immunity, helps your appetite, and assists treating gastric ulcers, colic and flatulence.

Bergamot should not be used before going out in the sunlight or to a tanning salon, because is photo-sensitizer. Should not be used during pregnancy because of its antispasmodic properties.

Lavender Oil

(Lavandula Officinalis)

Lavender Essential Oil is one of the best essential oils. It is soothing and calming oil, working wonders as a stress reliever! The floral, woody scent and therapeutic properties makes it the choice for many massage oil blends.

Its remarkable properties in healing and balancing skin make it the choice in many cosmetics and skin products. Lavender is a great antibacterial essential oil, and it helps prevent the spread of germs and speeds up healing burns wounds, and sores and helps the skin regeneration in general. It also helps with acne, with skin rash and for alopecia.

Lavender should not be used during the early stages of pregnancy. Use Lavender with caution if you have low blood pressure.

Lemon Essential Oil

(Citrus limonium)

Lemon oil is extracted from lemon peels and is a favorite in the cosmetic industry as well as in the Massage Therapy and Aromatherapy. It has antiseptic, astringent, antiviral, antidepressant and stimulant properties. and can be used to fight constipation, headaches,migraine, rheumatism, sinusitis, obesity.

It is a great oil for our skin being recommended for oily skin, cold sores, cellulite, gingivitis, circulatory problems, varicose veins, mouth ulcers and insect bites.

Lemon oil is a photo-sensitizer, do not use before going to the beach or tanning salon. Do not use during pregnancy

Lemongrass Oil

(Cymbopogon Flexuosus)

Lemongrass has a citrus, sweet scent. Lemongrass increases alertness and gives a boost of energy, and is commonly used to help digestion.

Lemongrass is great for oily and acne-prone skin. It is commonly used by itself or in combination with other essential oils for skin problems.

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Organic Hemp Seed Oil Capsules

Nutritional Supplement

Take this hemp capsules as a supplement for general well-being. Hemp as a diet supplement has been scientifically proven to improve dermatitis. The hemp oil as a nutritional supplement will help many other aspects of your skin's health.

Hemp seed oil should be avoided by pregnant women, and during nursing. It is also not indicated for people with hemophilia, or who take blood thinners. Traces of cannabinoids are sometimes present in certain batches of hemp seed oil. Sometimes may cause nausea and diarrhea.

Orange Essential Oil

(Citrus Sinensis)

Orange Essential Oil is a refreshing and invigorating oil, with a specific citrus scent. The sweet citrus perfume is renown for reducing stress and anxiety, relieving headaches and treat fevers. It is also used against constipation, depression, diarrhea, digestive problems, anxiety, flatulence, indigestion, insomnia, nervous tension and stress.

For skin problems it is known to help with cellulite, dry, sensitive, or aging skin.

Orange should not be used during pregnancy. Orange may irritate sensitive skin (use well diluted). Orange is also a photo-sensitizer.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melaleuca alternifolia

Tea Tree essential oil has a fresh, medicinal odor. It is a powerful immunity booster. Inhaled, Tea Tree oil can help with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections.

For skin and hair, Tea Tree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice, and dandruff. As essential oils have become more popular, the use of Tea Tree oil has increased significantly and we can find it in many pharmaceutical products. Tea Tree essential oil is amazing and in many cases is more efficient than medical products. It works wonders against infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses). Dab it on a wound to disinfect it, put it on your toenail to get rid of the fungus or infection, or just dilute it with water and wash your face to stop an acne breakout. It is really a miraculous natural way to treat skin. Since I first tried this incredible oil I fell in love with it, and it works. I even tried it with my cold sore and it worked.

The Best Essential Oil for Bacterial, Viral and Fungal Skin Issues

Probably the most impressive result for me was with athlete's foot. I have tried a couple of products, both prescribed by my family doctor, and I just couldn't get rid of it. Guess what, when I used tea tree on my foot, it killed the fungus and it never came back. It's been now more than a year.

Tea tree oil should not be ingested because is toxic when swallowed, there is no information about interaction with pregnancy and nursing so avoid it.
There are reports of skin irritation from tea tree oil use and. For some, smelling the oil straight from the bottle causes nausea and other strong reactions.

Patchouli Oil

(Ogostemon Cablini)

Patchouli has a warm, spicy yet mellow scent and is known to relieve stress, and uplift the mood. It is very useful during a cold or flu, increases libido, decreases the PMS symptoms, .

Patchouli essential oil is great for ageing skin, tightening the pores and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. It is great for cellulite, chapped / cracked skin, eczema, scar tissue, water retention.

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Carrot Seed Essential Oil

(Daucus carota)

Carrot seed is a great essential oil with a great capacity of healing the skin. It is of great help for dry and mature skin. Carotol a substance found in large quantities in the carrot seeds oil, is known for its properties to rejuvenate the skin. Due to its versatility in healing various skin problems, can be added to many skin care oil blend. Its properties to improve liver’s functions, make it even more powerful for treating skin problems, since many skin affections are related to a liver dysfunction. It is known to help in cases of dermatitis, and rashes.

It is mostly a safe essential oil, however do a test patch before using the first time and avoid during pregnancy.

Essential Oil Recipe for Skin

This skin care blend will tonify and rejuvenate your skin, giving it the elasticity and suppleness.

The carrier is the hazelnut oil, a very light oil, that is extremely easily absorbed by the skin or Jojoba which is also very easily absorbed but its composition is closer to sebum. Or, the best is to use a combination of 35% hazelnut oil and 65% Jojoba oil.
Here is the recipe:
Use 1.5 oz of Hazelnut oil (or any as above).
Add 10 drops of lemon oil.
10 drops of Rosemary oil.
10 drops Carrot seeds essential oil.

The mix should be used after washing your face and do not wipe your face very thoroughly. Do not use a lot of the oil only a few drops are enough. If you use a little Aloe Vera gel the blend will be absorbed easier into the skin.

Essential Oil Recipe for Mature Wrinkled Skin

Any mature skin remedy should focus on the significant problems related to aging skin. These issues are: nutrient deficiency, dehydration, low collagen production, slow skin regeneration process, less sweat and oil glands.

The natural oils can help us slow down the aging of the skin by helping to compensate on the natural aging process.
Skin regeneration essential oils: Frankincense, Carrot Seeds Oil, Patchouli essential oil, Rosemary
Elasticity and collagen production: Neroli essential oil, Rose essential oil, Geranium, Grape seed Oil, Jojoba oil
Dehydration and secretory regulation: Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Jojoba
Skin nutrition: Jojoba, Argan

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      Veronica 5 years ago

      I have tried Tea Tree as well, and it is really wonderful. I use it neat on the skin, but my daughter needs to dilute it with the hazelnut oil.

      Nice compilation.

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      LA Elsen 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for sharing this hub. I have several skin issues right now and I have heard of essential oils, but I was not really sure of what they did and the difference between them. This hub was very informative and thanks for including the contra-indications of each essential oil.