Aromatherapy 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.
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