Numerous people use essential oils for their itchy skin because it has limited side effects, works quickly and have a number of beneficial properties such as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
Itching of the skin, also known as pruritis, is the intense itchy sensation on certain parts of your skin.
When you have an itchy part of your skin, you could exacerbate the inflammation by scratching that part of the skin, thus, leading to a cycle of itchy skin, scratching, and more inflammation. This exacerbation can inhibit the healing process and make the pruritis last longer.
Common causes of itchy skin include; dry skin, eczema, sunburn, mosquito and bug bites, pregnancy, anxiety, psoriasis, numerous allergies, exposure to an environment toxin and allergic reactions, as well as more serious causes such as cirrhosis of the liver, kidney disease, gallstones, hepatitis, scarlet fever or parasitic infections, etc.
There are various creams, salves, and pharmaceutical remedies for itchy skin. However, there are also some essential oils that are effective and safe for itchy skin.
Below are numerous essential oils for itchy skin;
1. Lavender Oil
This is a fresh and sweet smelling anti-itch essential oil. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that enable it to eliminate itch that result from eczema, allergies, ringworm, fungal infections, dermatitis, insect bites, and stings. It helps in maintaining skin moisture and reduces redness and sunburns. Since one of its main function is to relieve stress, it, therefore, relieves tension and soothes your nerves. The most important point to note is that ingestion of this oil can lead to breathing difficulties, diarrhea, vomiting, blurred vision, and burning eyes. It is therefore recommended to be applied topically or inhaled. Method of application involves mixing few drops of lavender oil with warm water, followed by agitation to disperse the oil, it is then left for about 25 minutes and the floating oil droplets are massaged into the skin.
2. Rosemary Oil
In addition to being an overall remedy for itch, it also prevents infections resulting from fungi such as dandruff that are responsible for itchiness. This oil also helps in maintaining a healthy scalp and therefore it can be added to shampoo before washing your hair. Other benefits include prevention of psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and itchy insect bites.
3. Myrrh Oil
Myrrh oil is an anti-itch oil that improves skin condition and helps in preventing dry and itchy skin. It is recommended for people suffering from eczema or fungal-related infections. This oil is also effective in preventing stress marks and other infections resulting from athlete’s foot, thrush, and ringworms. It can be used as perfume or incense. The recommended method of application is topical but can be mixed with wine, in small doses, and taken orally.
4. Palmarosa Oil
Palmarosa oil is a sweet smelling, anti-itch oil that eliminates itchiness resulting from skin conditions such as stretch marks, scar tissue, eczema, wrinkles, dermatitis, dry skin, irritation, and inflammation. It also helps in maintaining skin moisture by balancing the production of sebum. Therefore, it is recommended for dry skin as an anti-aging and pain relief agent.
5. Helichrysum Oil
This oil acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps in reducing acne and headaches. In addition to its anti-itch properties, it can also be used in stimulating healing of burns or wounds, detoxification and improving the immune system. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties making it suitable to eliminate skin conditions such as rashes and acne. It can be inhaled using a diffuser or applied directly on the skin through massage.
6. Juniper Oil
Juniper oil acts as a healing agent that is used in the treatment of skin conditions that include eczema and psoriasis. It is sweet-scented and helps in skin hydration. Its healing property helps in eliminating hemorrhoids, itchiness and dry skin.
7. Patchouli Oil
This is an anti-itch oil that can also be used as an antiseptic due to its fungicidal properties hence helping in the elimination of fungal infections like athlete’s foot and jock itch. It acts as a first-line agent in treating eczema and as an insect repellant towards mosquitoes, scabies, fleas, and lice. In other cases, it can be used as an anti-aging agent due to its ability to activate skin cell regeneration, clearing congested skin and healing cracked skin.
8. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense oil can act as an anti-aging agent due to its overall toning properties essential for the skin. It works to eliminate wrinkles, improve skin tone and to balance the levels of sebum. This oil can also cleanse and improve skin elasticity and also eliminates skin conditions like eczema that can lead to itchiness. It is applied in perfumes and in aromatherapy.
9. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood oil is a supportive oil for the skin and a potent anti-aging agent. Its healing properties enable it to treat itchiness and eliminate dry skin, scar tissue, acne, and rosacea. It maintains skin moisture and calms the capillaries that have been dilated. It can also be used as an anti-inflammatory and tension relieving oil. It can be used as an after-shave to prevent irritation and red bumps and can be used for all types of skin. Due to its pleasant and woody smell, it is primarily used as a fragrance.
10. Peppermint Oil
This is a soothing oil that can be used to relieve pain and stop itchiness. This soothing property can also prevent irritations caused by poison ivy and oak. It can act as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent to prevent skin conditions that can lead to irritation and itchiness. This oil requires to be diluted first before being directly applied on the skin so as to avoid side effects that arise from its use on sensitive skin.
11. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has medicinal properties for the skin. It can be used to prevent skin itchiness and irritations. It has wide beneficial qualities ranging from antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that are used in treating ailments of the skin. Notable infections that have been scientifically proven to be treated by this oil are psoriasis and jock itch. Once the skin has healed from itchiness or other infections, this oil prevents further infections. It has anti-inflammatory qualities and it can be used in cases of insect bites, cystitis, boils, acne, cold sores, warts, athlete’s foot, blisters, thrash, and burns. Its recommended method of application is topical due to its toxicity when applied orally.
12. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil can be blended with lavender oil and peppermint oil to form an anti-itch agent so as to give a soothing effect to the skin. Its antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties make it a suitable healing agent for dandruff and athlete’s foot. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it suitable for reducing allergic reactions that may lead to contact dermatitis. It is mainly applied in cosmetics and unlike other oils, it is normally cold-pressed.
13. Geranium Oil
Geranium oil, which is rich in geraniol, aids in soothing irritated skin and speeding up healing of wounds obtained from insect bites. It does so by stimulating new and healthy skin cell regeneration. In addition to the mentioned uses, it is also used to treat conditions such as hemorrhoids, eczema, dry skin and dermatitis. It also helps to repel infestations by insects. When specifically mixed with a pinch of baking soda, it offers relief to itchiness from bug bites. It is mainly applied in aromatherapy, herbal medicine, and perfumes.
14. Chamomile Oil
This oil comes in two forms which act as skin care products. They include German chamomile and Roman chamomile. The German form of this oil acts as an anti-itch product for many skin types. Its high quantities of anti-inflammatory azulene enable it to soothe and cool itch and irritated skin as compared to the roman form. It is safe to use for itchy scalp, allergic reactions, insect bites, eczema, rashes, and dermatitis. More studies are being carried out on other uses of Roman chamomile.
15. Eucalyptus Oil
This sweet smelling oil is, in most cases, blended with other essential oils due to its antiseptic properties against bacterial, fungal, viral, among other infections. Not only does it relieve redness and inflammation associated with insect bites, but also soothes the itch brought about by nettle rash, insect bites and dandruff. It has been historically used as a germicide.
16. Thyme Linalool Oil
Unlike the regular thyme oils which can turn out to be irritating on already inflamed skin, thyme linalool essential oil is the best in relieving dermatitis, eczema and insect bites.
17. Rosewood Oil
Apart from being an anti-itch agent, it can also act as an effective antibacterial and a strong antiseptic hence suitable for eliminating skin conditions such as acne and rashes. It also acts as an anti-aging agent due to its ability to activate the regeneration of skin cells and eliminate wrinkles on the skin. Additionally, it is great for clearing stretch marks.
18. Ylang Ylang Oil
Ylang ylang oil is an extract of Ylang Ylang flowers and acts as an anti-itch agent. It controls the production of sebum due to its skin balancing effect hence suitable for dry skin. It maintains the skin moisture thus preventing cracked and dry skin. It can be diluted in bath water before being directly applied on the skin. It can also be mixed with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.
19. Cypress Oil
Cypress oil helps in preventing congested skin and improving the circulation of blood in the body. It can be used as an anti-itch agent and helps in maintaining the skin moisture, hence improving the skin tone. It can be applied directly on the skin or inhaled by any user due to its limited side effects. It can also be applied in cosmetics.
Word Of Caution
It is important to carry out a skin patch test to check for skin sensitivity or allergies to certain essential oils.
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