Today I thought I would provide some information about the key essential oils we select for use in our products. Hopefully this will explain why they are so effective while remaining safe and suitable for those prone to eczema and psoriasis…
Chamomile Essential Oil (Chamomilla recutita)
German chamomile contains azulene, and is used as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This blue crystal is not actually present in the plant, but forms in the oil and only a small quantity is needed to be effective.
The benefits of blue chamomile are that it is known for its anti-bacterial and anti inflammatory properties, and is therefore very beneficial for sensitive skin and people who may also be prone to eczema or psoriasis. It is used in soaps, body washes and even as a tea! Despite its benefits, you should be careful when using a product containing blue chamomile, whether it’s a skin cleanser or tea. While it is safe for most people, if you’re allergic to other plants like daisies, ragweed, asters or chrysanthemums, you might be allergic to chamomile too.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Essential Oil of Lavender is one of the most powerful remedies in the plant world, offering both physical and emotional relief for problems as varied as burns, migraines, insomnia, insect bites, skin problems, infections, stress and nervous tension. The use of lavender for health and beauty purposes is not new. In fact, its very name suggests that it was probably used for cleansing long ago. “Lavender” is derived from the Latin root word “lavare” which means “to wash”.
The benefits of including it in skincare products are that Lavender oil is so therapeutic, it is an ideal remedy for aching muscles, acne, bacteria, burns, cuts & wounds, earache, eczema, psoriasis and sunburn. The oil is extracted from the small, light purple flowers of the lavender plant — a Mediterranean mint plant with aromatic leaves and is used in many skin care products today.
Geranium Essential Oil (pelargonium graveolens)
Geranium Oil is used to soothe dry skin, often used as a stabilizing influence, calming both the mind and body. The scent of geranium mixes well with almost any other essential oil. There are more than 600 varieties, including several with a rose like fragrance. The pharmaceutical industry uses its main component, geraniol, to stretch true rose oil or, with other components, to make a synthetic rose.
It is very beneficial for many types of skin conditions such as dry eczema, psoriasis and burns. Geranium is in fact an insecticide and is very good as a mosquito repellant. It is also a cleansing, refreshing and astringent essential oil so is used widely in skincare.
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
The Aborigines used tea tree oil for a long time for a variety of medicinal purposes, it is a useful powerful essential oil known to have antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.
Beneficially, when tea tree oil is blended into a cream or lotion and applied to the skin, it will help to clear up any fungal, bacterial as well as viral infections – and can therefore be used for a variety of problems – ranging from eczema, psoriasis, acne and is also effective on dandruff and other scalp disorders, such as scalp psoriasis.
I hope you found this useful. For further information about our products and their ingredients please do get in touch with us, either via email or by phone. There will always be one of our friendly little team available to answer any questions and advise on suitability.
Until next time, keep warm!