Essential Oil Uses for Eczema Dermatitis Psoriasis
Eczema and Dermatitis are terms for a group of skin conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated. Atopic dermatitis in a common skin disease in children.
Amy Paller, MD, a Dermatologist states “Children often get Atopic Dermatitis during their first year of life which causes dry, scaly patches to appear on their skin. These patches can appear on the scalp, forehead, face and cheeks and can be very itchy, causing children to scratch. It can be intense enough that it disturbs their sleep. Scratching can lead to a skin infection.”
There are three types of contact dermatitis, Allergic contact dermatitis, Irritant contact dermatitis, Photo-contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis which is more common can develop a sensitivity or irritates the skin. Some examples are diaper rash or dry cracked skin on our hands due to contact with metals. Coming into contact with chemicals such as Bleach can cause an Irritant Contact Dermatitis. Many Healthcare Workers have developed an allergy to Latex, in which touching the skin with any item containing Latex, can cause an allergic rash. Photo-contact dermatitis can be caused when the active ingredients in a skin product such as sunscreen are exposed to the sun and results in irritation.
Seborrheic Dermatitis is a skin condition that causes scaly patches and red skin, mainly on the scalp and eyelids. Some other types of Eczema are Nummular Eczema, Pompholyx Dermatitis and Varicose Eczema.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by thick scaly patches of skin that can be red, white or silver. The patches are caused by skin cells that multiply and grow too quickly. Researchers believe psoriasis is an Autoimmune Disorder in which the Immune System overreacts to an outside stimulus. Though Eczema is most common in children and infants, psoriasis is most common in adults. Psoriasis can cause stiff joints and swelling, and can affect the nails; eczema does not. Some people later develop psoriatic arthritis which can cause further pain with joints and tendons, requiring further treatment.
Researchers have found a link in Vitamins D levels and psoriasis. If low in Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin, it is recommended to spend 10 to 15 minutes in the Sun between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Vitamin D is absorbed through the skin, and it is also recommended not to shower or bathe after sun exposure as it takes 24 to 48 hours for your skin to absorb and elevate your Vitamin D levels. Eczema can be helped by improving skin care and using mild soaps with a moisturizer. Bathing with a Mild soap made with oatmeal, chamomile infused olive oil and lavender can soothe irritated skin.
Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, essential oils can help with many skin conditions, help skin regeneration, improve the skin’s protective barrier and help fight skin infections.
Carrier Oils can also have added qualities to improve on skin conditions. For example, Coconut oil (Fractionated) is a good moisturizer for the body and skin conditions.
David Stewart, Ph.D., Author of Healing Oils of the Bible explains that Olive Oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It has been shown that a deficiency of essential fatty acids, omega-3 and 6, may contribute to degenerative illnesses and symptoms such as diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, acne….arthritis…and cancer. Carrot seed oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, rosehip oil, sea buckthorn berry oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and many other carrier oils have properties that heal, soothe and moisturize dry, scaly and inflamed skin.
In Therapeutic Blending with Essential Oil, Decoding the Healing Matrix of Aromatherapy, Rebecca Park Totilo states “Essential Oils that have anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling, pain, fever including: Lavender-Lavandula angustifolia, promotes healing, reduces scarring, inflammation. Do not use in the First Trimester of Pregnancy.
Neroli-Citrus x aurantium, stimulates new cell growth, nourishing for dry, irritated sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.
German Chamomile-Matricaria recutita, is nourishing for dry, itchy skin, eases puffiness and strengthens tissues. Do not use in pregnancy because it is a uterine stimulant. This oil should not be used by persons who suffer from allergies to Ragweed.
Myrrh-Commiphora myrrha, Anti-inflammatory, is good for wounds that won’t heal and eczema. Myrrh can be possibly toxic in high concentrations and should not be used in Pregnancy.
Geranium-Pelargonium graveolens, It has a great all-over-balancing effect on the skin, creating the balance between oily and dry skin. This Oil works wonders for wrinkles and is also indicated for disturbed and sensitive skin. It works well on reducing edema and fluid retention, promoting circulation. Avoid use during the first and second trimester of pregnancy. Do not use if you have a history of estrogen-dependent cancer or hypoglycemia.
Dr. Magda Radtke, Founder of justneem.com, (2017), explains “the root cause of eczema lies in our genes, so eczema usually runs in families. Neem oil can relieve eczema symptoms, but it will not cure the root cause of eczema. However, due to its ability to reduce inflammation and heal abrasions, it can be very soothing for eczema sufferers. The nimbidin and nimbin are two anti-inflammatory compounds that are found in the Neem Oil which helps to relieve swelling and redness. A third is Quercetin, which is a well-known compound that helps support the body’s ability to respond to inflammation by inhibiting both the manufacture and release of histamine and other irritants. Emollients are what dermatologists recommend for Eczema. Substances that fill the gaps and cracks in the skin, prevent moisture loss and restore the protective barrier.
Neem is high in fatty acids and Vitamin E, can quickly penetrate outer layers of skin. It is highly effective in healing dry and damaged skin. Its strong antiseptic properties will also help to keep bacteria and secondary skin infections at bay.”
Many creams, lotions, and butters have been developed that will help with the eczema symptoms, and help alleviate the inflammation, redness, swelling, itch. Adding Essential Oils to a carrier oil, butter, or lotion base can help soothe and calm the skin, and promote healing. Dr. Scott A Johnson, Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy recommends :”Topically apply a mixture of 2 to 3 drops each of lavender, frankincense, and melaleuca (tea tree) in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed.”
Eczema Lotion Recipe
Container: 2 Ounce Bottle or Jar
6 Drops Frankincense
6 Drops Myrrh
8 Drops Geranium
8 Drops Hyssop
12 Drops Tea Tree
Unscented Lotion Base
Mix your Blend in your small glass bowl, Add your lotion Base to your Bottle, 2/3 way full. Add the Essential Oil Blend, Cap the Bottle and shake. Fill up the remaining space up to ½ inch of the neck with lotion. Shake and Label. Use and needed, or at least twice a day.
Eczema Cream Recipe-Neem Oil
30 grams Cocoa Butter
30 grams Shea Butter
10 grams Jojoba Oil
20 grams Grapeseed Oil
10 grams Neem Oil
5 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
5 Drops Rosemary EO
5 Drops Vitamin E
10 Drops Patchouli
10 Drops Lemongrass
Melt cocoa butter, shea butter in double boiler, remove from heat, add jojoba, grapeseed, neem and Vitamin E. Cool slightly. Mix your essential oil blend in a small glass bowl. Add to melted oils. Pour into a 4-ounce glass Mason jar. Stir until well blended. Cool. Use as needed, rubbing into affected areas.
As a fellow sufferer of Psoriasis, eczema and contact dermatitis it is one of my goals to continue to find recipes, essential oils that will help with the skin conditions we suffer from. One combination may work for some, and others may need a different combination that will work on their skin. Many countries around the World have ongoing research into our skin, our immune system, our internal organs, leaky gut syndrome, the links to what we eat and drink, our environment, the air we breathe, the water we drink, our exposure to toxic chemicals. All these factors have an impact on our health, our bodies, our skin. We have many opportunities to use essential oils in healing, soothing, and reducing inflammation of our skin.
Johnson, Dr. Scott A. 2015. Evidence-Based Essential Oil Therapy
Paller, MD, Amy, American Academy of Dermatology, 2017 What’s the Difference between Eczema and Psoriasis? Online
Radtke, Dr. Magda, 2017, www.justneem.com, Online
Stewart, PH.D. David, 2002, Healing Oils of the Bible
Totilo, Rebecca Park, 2013, Therapeutic Blending with Essential Oil, Decoding the Healing Matrix of Aromatherapy