Are essential oils efficient home remedies for skin infections? Well, depending on the type of the infection, we can use the properties of essential oils to ease the discomfort, speed up the healing and even cure some of them. EOs are a natural handy alternative to common drugs.
Do Essential Oils Work For Every Type Of Skin Infection?
Yes, you can certainly benefit from their amazing properties if:
- You are stuck with a nasty bacterial skin infection (like impetigo, boils, cellulitis, carbuncles, pilonidal cysts, boils or staph infection);
- A mild or severe virus skin infection (like herpes zoster, chickenpox, measles, warts) affects you;
- You are affected by a fungal infection (such as yeast infection, nail fungus, athlete’s foot, Candida);
- You contracted a parasitic infection (scabies, lice).
Do All Types Of Essential Oils Work For All Skin Infections?
No, their volatile compounds are distinct and their potential to treat skin infections vary accordingly.
So, it’s imperative that you have the right diagnosis before start using the proper essential oils that may suit your infection/s.
Bacterial skin infection
Has destructive enemies in the following oils, that is if you believe that the natural approach suits you better or/and you fear the alarming tendency of antibiotic resistance:
Oregano Essential Oil – used frequently by the ancient Greeks to treat all sorts of skin lesions, it has been shown, nowadays, to possess extremely effective antibacterial properties. Diluted in water or coconut oil and applied on the skin, it will do all the hard work.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – is beneficial in minimizing acne’s, warts’ and boils’ unpleasant effects on the skin due to its antiseptic properties. It’s also a mild analgesic so it will soften the pain. Mix a few drops with a carrier oil (like coconut) or simply dilute it in water and then apply it on the affected area. Unline oregano oil, this one can also be applied without dilution.
Cinnamon Oil – applied diluted, the cinnamaldehyde compound can be our ally when it comes to acne or staph rashes. It has a great heating power and anti-inflammatory properties with demonstrated efficiency against Staphylococcus epidermidi.
Virus skin infection
Some essential oils have appropriate compounds that can combat several conditions:
Tea Tree Essential Oil – use it if you have warts, chickenpox or other viral infection. Applied in the evening, after bath time, it will ease the itching and let you enjoy a good night’s sleep. Moreover, it will soothe and help to heal the affected area.
Here is an easy homemade recipe with tea tree oil for the annoying and also highly contagious warts:
- Start with washing your feet and toes with warm water and soap and then dry the feet with a towel.
- Dilute 3 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon of a carrier one such as olive, jojoba, coconut or argan.
- Apply 1-3 drops of this blend on the toenail and let it work for 10 minutes.
- Take a soft brush and gently scrub the infected nail.
- Repeat the steps daily and you will soon spot an improvement.
Very common infections that sometimes may go unnoticed, but, can also cause us a huge discomfort. These essential oils home remedies may help us get rid of some or, at least, hurry the healing process:
Lemon Essential Oil – a great fighter against fungal infections, use it if you are dealing with athlete’s foot disease and it can take away the burning sensation, reduce inflammation and improve odor.
Here’s a quick and easy to make recipe that you will find unbeatable when it comes to athlete’s foot irritating symptoms:
- Mix 10 drops of Lemon oil with 10 drops of olive oil and/or warm water.
- Soak your feet for a half hour.
- Dry your feet and enjoy the quickly induced comfort and relief of the limonene and b-pinene, the main compounds of the lemon oil.
Clove Essential Oil – will help you kill the toenail fungus. Blend the clove essential oil with a carrier one, apply 1-2 drops onto the nail and let it there for 10 minutes.
In the case of fungal infections, always do your best to touch only the infected area, as the fungus can easily spread to healthy parts of the body.
These unwanted tiny creatures that take our skin for granted and call it home may have some natural enemies in the following essential oils:
Oregano Essential Oil – the active anti-parasitic compounds (carvacrol and thymol) makes it ideal for helping us ease skin rashes, irritations and other problems related to this type of infection. Dilute the oil, pour it on a compress and apply it on the area that bothers you.
Lavender Essential Oil – so pleasant for us, but, apparently, unbearable for bed bugs and head lice. Used in combination with some carrier oil, it can be applied on the hair and scalp. Leave it for several hours and then wash it off. It works as a natural repellent, efficient against lice, but not against the eggs.
Do Essential Oils Work on Cuts And Abrasions?
Yes, here are the top four essential oils that deserve to be included in our first aid kit: Myrrh, Helichrysum, Lavender and Rosemary, with helpful antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Do Essential Oils Work If They Are Mixed Together?
Yes, you can blend different oil types that have the same basic properties. They are going to be much more effective together.
Are Essential Oils Safe?
Yes, if we follow some basic rules before applying the oils on the skin.
- Check with your physician if you can benefit from the essential oils properties;
- Buy them from a trusted source;
- Since essential oils can irritate the skin and cause burning sensations, a prior skin test is a must. This way, you’ll see how you react to an EO’s compounds and concentration;
- Always use essential oils according to their instructions.
So, Are Essential Oils Good for Skin Infections?
They certainly represent promising home remedies and a natural therapy option that each of us could try and evaluate on its own. We must acknowledge that essential oils are highly concentrated. Always follow the safety guidelines of each product in order to fully benefit from their properties.