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Essential Oils for Rosacea Sufferers

by Geri Walton ~ November 26th, 2008

total health,essential oils,aromatherapy,rosacea relief,rosacea aidAromatherapy has been around since ancient times, although the term aromatherapy didn’t come into existence until the 20th century. The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Persians all used aromatherapy to heal and relax, and, today, aromatherapy is still used. In fact, it is more popular than ever. It’s also going mainstream in that scientist and researchers are noting many benefits can be obtained from scents. For instance, researchers recently discovered citrus fragrances help alleviate depression. (If you’re interested in learning more, read You’re a Scent Away From Happiness.) Now supposedly, essential oils used in aromatherapy can also offer help to rosacea sufferers. Here’s how.

  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens).  Cypress displays astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and bactericidal properties, and, although it is is viewed as non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing, people with high blood pressure or pregnant women should avoid it. For those will rosacea, however, it alleviates symptoms because of it’s ability to constrict blood vessels. 
  • Neroli (Citrus vulgaris).  This popular essential oil is produced from the bitter orange blossom’s white blossoms. When used, Neroli encourages relaxation, calmness, and even euphoria. May aromatherapists use it for people with nervousness or for those people under stress because of its calm-inducing properties. Nerolialso has properties to heal, and many people with scars or stretch marks have used it to prevent scarring or to rejuvenate or regenerate skin.
  • German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita ).  German chamomile is extremely aromatic. It was used regularly by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and one reason why is because it offers fantastic healing properties. It not only relieves pain and heals wounds but also offers antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, German chamomile has been used for years to treat inflammation, sunburns, acne, cuts, and cracked, dry, irritated skin.  It is generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing, but because it smells strongly, so if you use it, you’ll want to use tiny amounts.
  • Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum).  Helichrysum packs an aromatic punch similar to German chamomile. Helichrysum is also an age-old anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic with calming and cellular rejuvenation properties, which is why it benefits rosacea sufferers. While helichrysum is considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and non-phototoxic, it has, on occasion,  caused skin irritations, so you may need to pre-test to ensure it causes you no problems.
  • Rosewood (Aniba roseaodora).  This essential oil is created from a distillation process and comes from the Brazilian evergreen tree. It is used frequently to relieve depression or to rejuvenate skin. Because it functions as a mild analgesic, and because it offers antiseptic, bactericidal, and rejuvenation properties, it is often helpful for rosacea sufferers. Similar to many of the other essential oils mentioned here, it is considered non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.

If you are interested in learning more about how these essential oils can help your rosacea symptoms, information for this post came from Beverley Hawkins, an essential oil therapist. Hawkins has many years of experience as an alternative healer: She is a Registered Aromatherapist, massage therapist, reflexologist, Reiki master, Bach Flower Registered Practitioner, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Spiritual PhytoEssencing™ Practitioner, and educator. To learn more, visit her blog at West Coast Institute for Aromatherapy. Additionally, before using ANY essential oil, read Essential Oil Safety Tips.

 

 

Informational Note: 

This site provides information for educational purposes, and although
these remedies can, and have, helped people without
incident, there are several important things you should know.

People sometimes have allergic or adverse reactions to essential oils.
If you have not tried something before, and if you decide to try
something, do so with caution. Also, check to make sure you know
what side effects or adverse reactions can happen if you do take
something. For instance, chamomile is a relative of ragweed,
and if you’re allergic to ragweed and use it, you are likely to have
an adverse reaction.

 If you are breastfeeding, pregnant, taking medication, or
if  you suffer from a chronic condition, DO NOT use anything
without talking to your health care professional.

 

 

6 Responses to Essential Oils for Rosacea Sufferers

  1. Pukute

    If you suffer from Rosecea, better don’t use ANY essential oils. They only make things worse.

  2. Geri

    Thanks for your comment. If you have had experience with essential oils and rosacea, it would be valuable if you provide more information.

  3. Reiki Master

    I found your blog on Google. I’ve bookmarked it and will watch out for your next blog post.

  4. Isabella Edwards

    I use essential oils when doing aromatherapy. Essential oils are very soothing.”~’

  5. Joseph Wright

    i like aromatherapy because it is a very relaxing treatment..,:

  6. Sandalwood Essential Oil

    This was a great post. I could hardly concur much more with your statements. Cheers for your hard work.

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