Did you know that you can use some essential oils to stop itching and repair skin?
They are all natural and work really well. Plus you avoid the side effects of prescription drugs.
Your skin may itch when it becomes too dry or comes in contact with a toxin like poison oak.
Bug bites and other temporary injuries may also lead to short-term itching. You may suffer from chronic itching from liver or kidney disease or a medication that you take for another medical condition.
Itching can lead to breaks in the skin that increase your risk of infection, and it’s an in convenience that can keep you up at night or interfere with your comfort during the day.
You never know when itching may set in, so it’s a good idea to have a natural treatment on hand at all times.
Using essential oils to stop itching is a good idea because it eliminates side effects and delivers other benefits for healthy and diseased skin, including:
Coconut oil delivers many of these extra benefits, so it’s a good option for a carrier oil.
You can mix a few drops of other essential oils with the carrier oil to create a mixture that’s easy to apply directly to your itchy skin.
To help you get started, we researched some of the most effective essential oils to stop itching.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Sipping chamomile tea can help you ease into sleep at night, but there are many other ways to use your chamomile essential oil.
The Journal of Veterinary Science published a study in 2010 that showed a reduction of skin irritation in mice following the application of German chamomile oil.
Mice treated with chamomile oil exhibited significantly less scratching than the control group.
Chamomile essential oil is often used in homemade or natural skin treatments and shampoos because it’s believed to heal dry skin and treat dandruff or dry, itchy scalps.
You can add a few drops of the oil to our favorite shampoo or conditioner, but direct application as a mixture with a carrier oil is recommended.
Peppermint Essential Oil
If you want to treat your skin itch with a proven natural remedy, you can’t go wrong with peppermint essential oil.
One study published in a 2012 issue of the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research found that pregnant women suffering from Pruritus' effectively reduced the symptom of skin itching by applying peppermint oil mixed with sesame oil twice a day.
The peppermint oil proved more effective at easing skin itching than a placebo.
Another study found that a blend of peppermint oil, menthol and methyl salicylate blended with guar gum eased severe itching for patients recovering from burns.
That study was significant because it showed that peppermint oil is effective even on more severe cases of skin itching.
Participants experienced relief of itching within 30 minutes, and the benefits lasted for multiple days with a limited risk of side effects.
The main side effect detected was skin irritation.
There are many other practical uses for peppermint oil, so you may want to stock up when you find a high-quality oil on sale.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
You may already have tea tree oil in your home because it has so many potential uses.
You can apply it to the scalp to treat dandruff, but it’s also an effective natural treatment for lice.
It’s also considered one of the most natural treatments for itching and other symptoms that come with athlete’s foot.
The oil is safe for direct skin application and can reduce itching caused by a variety of long- and short-term injuries or diseases.
There are some potential side effects of tea tree oil on the skin, including irritation.
It’s recommended that you try the oil on a small patch of skin when using it for the first time.
Once proven safe and comfortable, you can use it for larger patches of itchy skin.
Lavender and rose essential oils are also commonly suggested for the treatment of itching, but there is little to no scientific evidence for this application.
You may want to experiment with an essential oil blend that utilizes some of these oils for a more effective treatment.
Mixed oils (synergy oils) also deliver the benefits of aromatherapy.
Rose essential oil is commonly used to ease depression but is also a popular option for skin hydration and nourishment.
Lavender essential oil is often used as a natural remedy for anxiety, depression and high blood pressure but is also a topical treatment for wounds.
If you take medication for itching skin, think of essential oils as a backup treatment that can ease your discomfort on a daily basis.
Most oils won’t interact negatively with prescription medications, but you may want to apply the oils at different times than topical itch creams.
You may find that your essential oils work better than over-the-counter anti-itch creams while delivering added benefits to keep your skin healthy and help it heal faster.
You only need a little oil to deliver fast itch relief, and it’s safe to apply most essential oils twice per day.