Acne is multi-faceted issue that goes beyond over active sebaceous glands and comprises diet, stress, heredity, and of course hormones.
Let's take a look at essential oils that can soothe and support.
A good place to start ...consider this not at all exhaustive list:
A warm compress nurtures the soul as well as the skin
Fill a sink or pan with warm water (approx. 1 liter). Using a dispersant (i.e. rubbing alcohol, withhazel, apple cider vinegar, epsom salts) before adding the chosen essential oils is optional but a nice idea. The dispersant will help the essential oils to mix with the water. Then place 5-10 drops of essential oil/s and swish around with a cotton cloth. Wring out the cloth and place on the affected area. After the cloth cools repeat several times.
1/4 cup (2oz.) baby castille soap
1 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
1 Tbsp. hydrosol (i.e. Lavender, Rose, Neroli)
12 drops of essential oil
(i.e. 5 drops Tea tree, 3 drops Roman chamomile, 4 drops Lavender)
Combine and stir. Store in a glass container (i.e. large dropper bottle). Use to cleanse morning and night.
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Tea tree flower
2 Tbsp. Rose hydrosol
2 Tbsp. Lavender hydrosol
2 Tbsp. aloe vera gel
Combine and apply with an organic cotton pad.
Recipes adapted from Foundations of Aromatherapy, Jade Shutes, aromaticstudies.com
Schnaubelt, Kurt. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: the Science of Advanced Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2011.
Carey, Elea. “What Are the Best Essential Oils for Acne?” Healthline, Healthline Media, 20 June 2051, www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/essentials-oils-for-acne.
Melt away tension, frustration and negativity
2 drops wild orange
3 drops bergamot
1 drop frankincense
Apply to back of neck, palms of hands, and inhale deeply during daylight hours.
All Skin Types
Frankincense 2 drops
Geranium 1 drop
Clary Sage 3-4 drops
Lavender 4-5 drops
Combine with lotion in 1 oz. jar
Refreshing Body Spray
3 drops lime
1-2 drops lavender
1 drops lemon
1-3 drops peppermint
Combine in a 1 oz. spray bottle and fill with water to refresh and invigorate.
Sandalwood 1 drop
Geranium 1 drop
Lavender 1-2 drops
Combine with carrier oil in small roll-on (5 ml.)
• 1/8 c. On Guard Cleaner Concentrate
• 2 1/2 Tbsp. Vinegar • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Water
• 3/4 c. (or a bit more) baking soda
• An Empty Dish Soap Squeeze Bottle
Mix the On Guard cleaner concentrate, vinegar, and water in a large liquid measuring cup. Whisk in the baking soda and add enough until you get the desired consistency. Pour mixture into an empty dish soap squeeze bottle. Shake before each use.
This DIY was originally featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Living magazine.
“I love cleaning with natural products. This soft scrub recipe is one of my absolute favorite natural cleaning recipes. I coat my kitchen sink with a little bit, let it sit for 10 minutes, and gently scrub it clean. It can be used in so many other places too. Happy cleaning!” — Paulette Preeshl-Shipp
¾ rounded cup baking soda
¼ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tablespoon distilled water
8 drops Lemon essential oil
5 drops Lime essential oil
1. In a bowl, combine baking soda and Castile soap with a wire whisk.
2. Stir in water.
3. Add essential oils and whisk until smooth. Consistency should be a soft paste.
4. Store in an air tight container out of the sun.
2 drops each:
Application: Apply behind ears and at throat
Affirmation: I am maintaining extraordinary positive energy and healthy boundaries. Everyone I encounter is happy, helpful, delightful, and supports me in multiplying positive energy in my environment.
Hintze, Rebecca, and Susan Lawton, Ph.D. Living Healthy & Happily Ever After: Psychological & Physical Remedies to Jump Start Healing. Bloomfield Hills: Living HEA, LLC, C2012. Print.
7 part base blend ( frankincense, sandalwood, patchouli, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile)
1 part rosemary
1 part white fir
Smidge more ylang ylang
Bring in the Autumn Equinox with a blend of oils to accompany the inward turning of the season. (doTerra's InTune Blend can also be used as the base). Frankincense, sandalwood, and patchouli traditionally used for meditation, provide a calm grounding, while the accompanying oils all assist with inner work. Rosemary is an oil of soul searching and inspired answers, and white fir assists in releasing generational patterns and adds the aroma of mossy pine. Ylang Ylang works here as a stand in for apple, an essential part of this season, and connects us with our inner child.
2 drops Pine or White Fir
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Patchouli
1 drop Lavender
A grounding blend, supportive of inner work and releasing. White Fir has been called The Oil of Generational Healing, perfect as this is the season to express gratitude for our family members, here and beyond, and honor what they have brought into our lives.
Essential oils chemically support the body in its ability to handle sensitivity to common allergens. Some of the most available and economical essential oils can provide powerful relief. Simply diffusing equal parts lemon, peppermint, and lavender can ease the oversensitive immune system’s response to indoor and outdoor pathogens. Clinical research has suggested that lemon “is a good alternative to conventional medicine for the treatment of perennial and seasonal [allergies],” supporting healthy respiratory function and assisting with seasonal respiratory discomfort. L-menthol from peppermint has been found to inhibit inflammation, promoting easy breathing when diffused. Lavender has been found to inhibit the immediate hypersensitivity to the release of histimine, and melaleuca, tea tree oil, has been found to reduce histimine-induced swelling. These, as well as geranium and helichrysum (anti-allergenic), melissa and roman chamomile (anti-histimine), rosemary and basil (steroidal), eucalyptus, and many other essentials, are commonly found in the natural arsenal to fight allergies. (1)
Essential oils can be administered aromatically, inhaling from the bottle or from a diffuser; topically, applied to the skin, generally recommended added to a carrier oil (i.e. coconut oil (fractionated), jojoba, olive); internally, added to water, or taken in capsule form*.
Remedy Recipes (2)
Allergy Power Trio
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Peppermint
Take aromatically, such with a diffuser. Also can be added to water, or consumed in capsule form*
Airborne Relief Combo
Lemon, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Roman Chamomile
Use in equal parts.
This blend has been effective for relieving hay fever and other airborne allergy symptoms that result in sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes.
Can also be taken in capsule form, 1 drop each.
All Around Blend
6 drops Lavender
6 drops Roman Chamomile
2 drops Myrrh
1 drop Peppermint
Blend with carrier oil and apply behind ears, temples, and thymus.
There are also many blends readily available commercially. doTERRA’s TriEase soft gels combine lavender, peppermint, and lemon in capsule form. doTERRA’s Breathe blend, available in oil, lozengers, and vapor stick, supports overall respiratory health, minimizing the effects of seasonal threats and aiding in recovery. Additionally, essential oils can target detoxification, which supports the permanent reduction of the body’s reaction to allergens (i.e. juniper berry, cilantro, rosemary), and essential oils that generally support a healthy immune system are beneficial in prevention (i.e. wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus).
*It’s not uncommon that the recommendation for using essential oils for seasonal health is through ingestion. Knowledge, mindfulness, and the highest quality product is important when considering taking essential oils internally. Information on how the oils work through ingestion and the benefits can be found below.
(1) Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
(2) The Essential Life: A Simple Guide to Living the Wellness Lifestyle. Total Wellness, 2015. Print.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This advice is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.