The Best Essential Oils for Itchy Skin

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Vote up the oils that really get the scratch.

The most popular essential oils for itchy skin include: chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, geranium, cypress, rose, and tea tree. These oils are the most recommended for helping with the relief of dry, itchy skin. Essential oils have the power to deliver specific, beneficial healing properties from different plants in a highly concentrated and direct form to your body. When used properly they have been recognized for centuries for having therapeutic properties. Ancient cultures practiced the art of making essential oils by first soaking the flowers, bark, twigs, and leaves of plants in oil for a period of time then using linens to filter, purify and isolate the oils to make a potent, concentrated form. What are the best essential oils for itchy skin?

Depending on the type of oil applied, the healing effects of essential oils are limitless, from antibacterial defense to relief of pain and even aiding in emotional therapy. From a strictly scientific perspective, oils are extremely effective due to the 50 million smell receptors that are located inside the nasal passageways that connect directly to the brain’s limbic system, which is the area that is responsible for emotions and memories.     

This list features the most popular essential oils for itchy skin. Vote up the best essential oils to help with itchy skin below.

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    27 VOTES

    Rose

    Rose
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    Rose Essential Oil (Rosa damascena) stimulates the mind and helps promote a sense of well-being. If you are going to apply this oil on its own topically, you need only a slight dab. This is likely to be an oil you will use in a blend, rather than on its own.
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    36 VOTES

    Helichrysum

    Helichrysum
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    Helichrysum (also known as "immortelle") is useful for reducing inflammation, headaches, acne, promoting the healing of wounds or burns, detoxing and boosting the immune system, reversing the signs of aging in the skin, and fighting fungal infections. There are no known side effects to using the essential oil, but taking it internally can be toxic. It can be used topically or in a diffuser.
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    34 VOTES

    Chamomile

    Chamomile
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    Chamomile Essential Oil (Chamemelum nobile) aids in sleep and has calming and relaxing properties that help to reduce anxiety, dispel anger, and release old emotions. Possible dangerous side effects can include: anaphylaxis, contact dermatitis, and other severe hypersensitivity reactions. You can diffuse it or rub two drops on the temples or back of the neck, either prior to going to bed or when facing a difficult situation.
  • 4
    46 VOTES

    Peppermint

    Peppermint Essential Oil is useful for irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, morning sickness, cramps, gas, colds, coughs, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus and respiratory infections, headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, joint problems, and toothache. There are no known side effects to using peppermint oil, but mild skin irritation could be a factor. It can be taken internally, topically, and used in a diffuser.
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    73 VOTES

    Frankincense

    Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia Sacra) carries much-needed oxygen into the brain and stimulates the limbic area of the brain, which includes the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary glands. It can be blended with all oils. 
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    29 VOTES

    Cedarwood

    Cedarwood
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    Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus atlantica) has calming properties and has been found in clinical tests to be of benefit to children suffering ADD and ADHD. It stimulates the limbic region of the brain and the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, aiding in sleep cycles. It can be diffused or applied topically. The best place to apply it is to the base of the neck.