Woop, we’re doing a whole series on aromatherapy for psoriasis! We’ve covered how the treatment works already, and now we’re focusing on the best essential oils for psoriasis. They’re cheap, they smell good and they help your skin, so why not give one a try?
So, what are the best essential oils for psoriasis?
The following essential oils are all great for psoriasis as they help to oxygenate, rejuvenate, nourish and heal damaged skin!
1. Tea tree oil
Tea Tree Oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is renowned for its special remedial properties and has been used by Australian Aborigines for hundreds of years. Apart from chewing on its leaves, the aborigines used it for treating many skin-ailments, such as burns, cuts, and psoriasis! This essential oil is steam-distilled from a tree native to Australia, and acts as an antiseptic, a mild anaesthetic and a disinfectant, thanks to a compound called ‘terpinen-4-ol’. It is so useful that tea-tree oil became standard issue for Australian soldiers during World War 2! It is also great for treating scalp-psoriasis, and can be mixed directly into the shampoo before every wash.
2 Lavender oil
Lavender Oil is a firm favourite for many – it smells just like that perfume your terrifying elderly aunt uses, and it’s great for psoriasis! It is definitely a fan-favourite when it comes to using essential oils for psoriasis. Lavender is a species of mint that grows in the Mediterranean, and bears very recognisable purple flowers. The plant has anti-inflammatory compounds called linalool and linalyl aldehyde, and also acts as an antiseptic agent. In addition, the University of Maryland Medical Centre has published studies that have demonstrated the benefits of using lavender oil in controlling pain and limiting scaly skin patches.
3. Chamomile oil
Roman Chamomile oil (Anthemis Nobilis) and German Chamomile oil (Matricaria Chamomilla) are two other great essential oils for psoriasis. The word Chamomile means “earth apple”, presumably after its apple-like aroma, and is usually light-blue in colour. Chamomile oil is great for psoriasis for two main reasons – it has vasoconstrictor properties that helps to reduce the redness of skin, and it has lipophilic compounds that strengthen the skin by decreasing capillary fragility.
4. Sandalwood oil
Sandalwood oil is extracted from the up-to-60-years-old inner heartwood of the evergreen Sandal Trees. It is often found in perfumes alongside patchouli, and gives many eau de parfum’s their exotic ‘woody’ smell. However, apart from just smelling good, its a great choice. The highest quality sandalwood oils are pale yellow to pale gold in colour, and contain a high percentage of santalol – around 90%. It is useful in relieving the dehydrated and inflamed skin that is characteristic of psoriasis.
5. Rose oil
Rose Oil is an excellent oil for skin care as it promotes cellular regeneration and is great for hydrating the skin. It takes several thousand fresh rose petals to make one drop of rose oil, and it has been used by such historical figures as Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette. This oil is great for helping to soften any rough or hardened patches of psoriasis. You can even add a few drops to a 50p dollop of moisturising cream to treat your skin right before you go to bed! Again, it’s not a common one, but it’s a great choice if you’re looking for essential oils for psoriasis!
6. Apricot Kernel oil
Apricot Kernel Oil is another great choice for psoriasis. It’s not an easy to find oil, but its right up there with the best when it comes to using essential oils for psoriasis. It is quite light in colour and has a pleasant nutty odour. This finely textured oil acts as a great exfoliator, helping to smooth and moisturize the skin. Apart from such skin softening properties, it is also high in vitamin A and E content, and has many essential fatty acids that make it good for treating prematurely aged and irritated skin. As it is so good at maintaining skin elasticity, it is routinely used to calm the inflammation of eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.