Essential oils are oils extracted from a plant source. Common types of plants that yield essential oils include herbs, flowers, trees and shrubs. These oils are believed, by many holistic and natural health professionals, to have emotional, medicinal and skin benefits. Some of these essential oils seem to be particularly successful at relieving itchy skin.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oil is an option for treating dry, itchy and irritated skin. There are three different types of chamomile used for essential oil: Roman chamomile, German chamomile and chamomile mixta. All three types have similar skin benefits. According to “A Complete Guide To Understanding and Using Aromatherapy For Vibrant Health and Beauty” by Roberta Wilson, chamomile effectively treats dry, itchy and irritated skin in scientific studies. Chamomile is also safe to use on the scalp.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is extracted from the powdered wood and roots of the sandalwood tree. According to “The Aromatherapy Bible” by Gill Farrer-Halls, sandalwood oil effectively treats all skin types. It is frequently used in men’s aftershaves and other skin-care products. Sandalwood essential oil is especially effective at treating itching and irritation caused by shaving.
Palmarosa Essential Oil
Palmarosa essential oil is distilled from the fresh or dried grass of the same name, which is also known as gingergrass. Palmarosa is commonly used in skin-care products and soothes itchy, irritated and inflamed skin. It can be used for all skin types and may aid in clearing acne and reducing the appearance of wrinkles in addition to being used to sooth itchy skin.
Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli essential oil comes from the dry leaves of the patchouli shrub, which grows in Indonesia, India, Malaysia, China and the Philippines. Patchouli became very popular in the 1960s and was commonly worn as a perfume. Patchouli essential oil is believed to have a variety of skin benefits and, according to “The Aromatherapy Bible,” is used to treat itchiness, inflammation, eczema and dermatitis.
- "The Aromatherapy Bible"; Gill Farrer-Halls; 2005
- "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils"; Julia Lawless; 1999
- "A Complete Guide To Understanding and Using Aromatherapy For Vibrant Health and Beauty"; Roberta Wilson; 1995
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