You probably already know that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and apart from the obvious layer it provides, it serves many functions. Our skin is important for our immunity because it’s the first line of defence against bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Skin converts sunlight into Vitamin D and protects the body from excess ultraviolet light. It helps to regulate temperature and through the sense of touch allows us to quickly move away from extreme heat and cold. Sense of touch is also very important to our development and emotional health & wellbeing. That’s why hugging your children and enjoying the healing power of massage is so important. And lastly, a key role of the skin is to help rid the body of wastes products, especially if your system is challenged with toxins. Our skin serves many important functions so it pays to look after it.
From a metaphysical perspective, our skin represents how we see ourselves in the world. Do you feel comfortable in your own skin? The beauty of Young Living therapeutic-grade oils is that they work on the levels of body, mind and spirit. Here are some common skin issues and the essential oils that can support your wellbeing.
Eczema is a chronic skin disorder experienced as inflamed, blistery and scaly skin that’s often very itchy. It can be exacerbated by dust, humidity, cold weather and even spores from plants. Eczema is a very common disorder that affects millions of people worldwide, but sadly there is no positively identified cause and no known cure (although I would always think detox). Essential oils such as frankincense, myrrh, thyme, and lavender have been shown to help relieve the dry skin lesions when massaged between flares. Lavender, in particular, can also be applied on the itchy area to both relieve the itch and disinfect the lesion.
“My daughter has severe eczema to the point where she gets huge bloody scabs from scratching. I used Frankincense diluted in V-6 and applied to her whole body every day for a week. It has been 2 weeks since the last application and she has not had a breakout.
When my family gathered for Christmas they could not believe how great her skin looks! Especially because eczema usually gets worse in the winter, not better!” – Megan Heroldt
Psoriasis is another common skin disorder wherein the skin produces new skin cells at an accelerated rate. Because of this, the affected area becomes covered with raised patches of flaky, and sometimes scaly, dead skin. A common remedy for this problem is cortisone-based products. Instead of using cortisone-based products, you can opt for essential oils such as lavender and Melrose. Lavender can be diffused into the air, inhaled or applied onto the affected area to help the body heal. It’s recommended that you dilute Melrose in vegetable oil before application, as it may irritate the skin when applied in its pure form. Both oils can also be added to bath water to help disinfect the entire body. Other essential oils that may offer support for psoriasis include patchouli, roman chamomile and tea tree or melaleuca. Simply add 6-10 drops of these oils to a teaspoon of organic vegetable oil like coconut or almond for easier application.
“In the fall of 2003 I was diagnosed with psoriasis. I had just turned 18 and it was detrimental to my life! Having refused to use any steroid creams or dermatologist prescriptions I decided to go at it naturally. A few months before this, I was introduced to essential oils. I started out using Lavender and the Lavender shampoo’s for my scalp. It only took a few weeks for the lesions on my scalp to almost disappear. For my body I was using Bergamot, Melaleuca and Lavender every night. Except for some light pink spots (as compared to raised flaky red lesions) I am pretty much clear. This is why I decided to pursue the business of sharing the oils with others. I have pictures showing how bad I was before using the oils. I would be happy to show anyone wanting to see the effects the oils had on me.” – Richard Cisco
Pimples and acne can be the bane of a teenager’s existence! Not only does it make the skin look red and lumpy but, in some cases, the lumps can become very painful. Even adults can experience acne on different parts of the body, which can be caused by bacteria, hormones and also sweat. The essential oil most recommended for those who suffer from pimples and acne is tea tree or melaleuca essential oil. It’s considered to be a very useful antiseptic in Australia, and it has a lot of different antimicrobial activities. In a comparative study, tea tree oil has been shown to be as effective in relieving acne as benzoylperoxide, but it induces much fewer side effects (see link below). Lemon essential oil can also help reduce oil-induced acne, as lemon can regulate the secretions of the oil glands. On the other hand, if the acne is induced by allergens or bacteria in the home, lavender may be more beneficial due to its antiseptic qualities.
“I had an awful break out on my chest 2 years ago. It might have been from body detoxing I’ve been doing. I cleaned, used toner, and even used exfoliant. Being new at YLEO I used tea tree oil. This helped maybe 10%. My friend suggested Lavender, I was desperate I slathered it on later that day it looked better.
But the next day, the whole chest had healed by half, the next day improved even still. The fourth day it had almost gone completely away. I use lavender on my baby, her bath, my feet after a long day & when I feel blue. It is a definite staple in our home.” – Signee Hoffman
From an emotional level, it’s important to feel comfortable in your own skin – blends such as Humility, Inner Child and Valor are particularly helpful. But when your skin is glowing, radiant and clear it’s easier to feel good about yourself. Lavender, frankincense, melaleuca and Melrose are the first four essential oils to think of for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and pimples, but there are many more. If you’d like a free 15-min phone consultation for a specifically tailored solution for you, please contact me. With Young Living therapeutic-grade essential oils it’s easy to have beautiful healthy skin, naturally!
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