Essential oils are … well, essential for skincare. Many people marvel at their outstanding scents, but they’re much more than that.
No matter how old you are, you have probably collected a few scars along the way. Maybe from cuts, acne, pregnancy, the list goes on. There is no magic cure for making them all disappear entirely. However, essential oils have been known to be quite effective in reducing scarring.
We recommend any of the following.
Helichrysum Essential Oil – great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that assist in healing the skin. Helichrysum can also help prevent scarring with its anti-oxidant properties. It helps to regenerate new cells and helps to prevent the accumulation of free radicals. It also helps to increase collagen production
How to use – use daily for at least 3 months by diluting with a carrier oil and massaging into affected areas. May be phototoxic; be sure not to use in the sun. Do not use this oil if you have had recent surgery or at risk for internal hemorrhages.
Frankincense Essential Oil – useful in treating the appearance of scarring by helping to soothe skin, even out skin tone, and kill bacteria. Helps to promote growth of new skin cells. Great anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use – dilute with a carrier oil and massage into affected areas daily for at least 3 months. It is recommended you do not use Frankincense oil topically if you are taking blood thinners.
Geranium Essential Oil – anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat scars by relieving inflammation and evening out the skin tone. It also assists in new cell growth. Also, a great anti-bacterial oil that will help scars appear much less visible.
How to use – dilute with a carrier oil and massage into affected areas daily for at least 1 month. Use with caution if you have high blood pressure.
Lavender Essential Oil – fantastic oil for many reasons including its anti-biotic, anti-septic and anti-oxidant properties. Helps to prevent scarring by promoting cell and tissue growth. Also helps to promote wound healing by increasing collagen and regenerates tissue.
How to use – dilute with a carrier oil and massage into affected areas daily for at least 1 week. Works fast. Best if used at the beginning phase of scar treatment.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – this magic oil has huge healing potential, mainly due to its anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Tea tree oil has the potential to accelerate the wound healing process, while boosting immunity. Has amazing anti-inflammatory properties too helping to treat and heal wounds and scars.
How to use – dilute with a carrier oil and use daily for at least one month by massaging into affected areas. Use with caution if you suffer from allergies or autoimmune illnesses. May not be appropriate for young children.
Rosemary Essential Oil – with its anti-septic, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, Rosemary essential oil is remarkable at battling an array of skin problems that include acne, eczema and dermatitis which can lead to scarring of the skin. Also, a great anti-inflammatory.
How to use – dilute with a coconut carrier oil and use daily for at least one month.
Always ensure you are using a pure and unadulterated essential oil to obtain results. Anything less will leave you feeling frustrated with poor or no results at all. We also recommend you deal with a certified aromatherapy professional, who will also be skilled in creating a specific blend of oils for your needs.
Marian Grande is a Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional (CAHP) with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, in good standing.
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