A couple of centuries ago most people simply had to suffer with any ailment, regardless of the severity. Life expectancy was approximately half of what it is today. Due to the increased knowledge of medical professionals, cures and management medicines have helped improve the quality of life. Unfortunately, the answer usually means prescriptions of pills and ointments. However, nature has already provided essential oils for skin diseases and other maladies.
A simple definition of essential oils does not literally mean it is paramount to improved health. Actually, it is the natural product extracted from plants. Then the oil is used in perfumes, flavorings, and medicinal purposes.
According to Wikipedia, “Various essential oils have been used medicinally at different periods in history. Medical applications proposed by those who sell medicinal oils range from skin treatments to remedies for cancer, and are often based on historical use of these oils for these purposes. . .”
So, essential oils have been around for a long time. People have used the natural qualities of various plants in nature for a long time. But, nature got shoved aside when modern medicine took over. Tired of all the internal and external chemicals needed for symptom relief, the gift of essential oils for skin diseases is being rediscovered, as more physicians strive to find alternative remedies to illnesses and their symptoms.
Although the list is quite lengthy, consider some of the following examples and how they can naturally help individuals who suffer from the discomforts of various skin diseases:
§ Benzoin oil – also known as Friar’s Balsam is used for dermatitis and cracked skin. Taken from the resin of the benzoin tree in Southeast Asia, the substance is solvent extracted.
For dry and cracked skin, combine a teaspoon of jojoba oil, 2 drops of sandalwood oil, and 2 drops of benzoin oil. Plus, users can add 2 drops to a favorite facial cream for better skin tone and firming the skin. However, before applying to cracked hands, feet, elbows and knees, test a small area for allergic reaction.
§ Lavender oil – can be applied directly to the skin as first aid for burns. It helps soothe the pain of the burn and assists in preventing blistering. In addition, it can be used for cuts, blemishes, and insect bites.
§ Manuka oil – according to the Cawthron Institute, the oil lessens reactions to stings and insect bites, while easing the discomfort of itchy and irritated skin. Manuka is used for mild sunburns, oil skin and pimples, fungal infections, chafing and rashes, dandruff, body odor, cuts and scrapes, and athlete’s foot.
§ Camomile oil- comes in both the Roman and German varieties. However, both have properties to aid an assortment of skin ailments. Roman camomile can be used to soothe allergic reactions, dry and itchy skin, dermatitis, eczema, rashes, and wounds. Similarly, German camomile oil helps flaky skin problems like psoriasis, calms allergy symptoms, eczema, dry skin, redness and irritation. In addition, German camomile is touted as a great tissue regenerator.
§ Tea tree oil – the dermatological uses for tea tree oil are numerous. The oil may be used for scrapes and minor cuts. It also soothes the skin after shaving or waxing. Both acne and athlete’s foot can be helped, so its uses for the skin are basically head to toe. Minor burns and chapped lips are soothed. The list goes on for more skin problems and other ailments as well.
§ Mastic oil – comes from the resin of an evergreen shrub or small tree related to the pistachio tree. Its antiseptic properties are used for skin and hair care. The natural remedy is said to help acne, eczema and wounds.
In summary, this list is only a small example of the essential oils that claim to treat the skin for various maladies. The main point is the return of natural treatments as opposed to prescriptions or over-the-counter solutions to dermatological issues. Patients and doctors are recognizing the benefit of a proactive and alternative approach to acne, rashes, allergies, and more. Essential oil for treatment of skin diseases is growing in popularity, instead of synthetic and possibly harsh answer. Take a step back to nature and recognized what your ancestors may have already understood about the medicinal value of essential oils.
Source by Einar Eskeland