Itchy, irritated skin can be at best, uncomfortable and distracting, and at worst, unbearable. Common causes of itching include sunburn, insect bites, eczema, anxiety, allergies, psoriasis, and exposure to toxic environments.1 Regardless of the type or cause of irritation, scratching an itch can not only intensify it but also break open already irritated skin, expose the body to infection, and cause prolonged discomfort and irritation.
Luckily, there are many over the counter and prescription treatment options available to relieve itching, including essential oils and blends like Relieve, which can not only be applied topically to irritated skin but can also be used to calm the mind and dull the body’s response to an itch.
Essential oils are an ideal remedy for itching–they bring quick relief and have few if any, side effects. Additionally, essential oils contain anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties.2 The top 10 essential oils for itch relief are highlighted below.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil relaxes the mind and muscles, helping to calm the urge to scratch an itch.3
To use rose essential oil as a remedy for itching, inhale its powerful aroma directly from the bottle. Rose essential oil may also be diffused by adding a few drops of the oil to a room diffuser or by using a portable Love MONQ personal aromatherapy diffuser.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh essential oil moisturizes the skin while nourishing the body with antioxidants, thus preventing skin infections. This essential oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties that provide quick relief from itchiness.5
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The best method for using myrrh essential oil depends on the skin condition you are wishing to remedy. However, like many essential oils, myrrh may be diffused or diluted with a carrier oil and used topically to relieve and prevent itching.
Patchouli Essential Oil
For use, dilute the oil and apply it topically to the affected area.
Frankincense Essential Oil
To use, blend frankincense essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it topically to the skin and you can incorporate it into your regular skincare routine as a preventative measure to relieve itching.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil has some of the most potent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral properties known among essential oils. This makes it very effective as a remedy for itchy and irritated skin. The oil works by numbing the skin while simultaneously relieving discomfort and pain.8
To use tea tree oil for itch relief, dilute it with a carrier oil and apply it to the affected area. This can be repeated two to three times daily until the itching and inflammation subside.
Peppermint essential oil is considered one of the most soothing oils for itch relief. Simultaneously, it numbs the infected area, attacks the underlying infection, and reduces inflammation.9 A 2016 study found that topical application of peppermint oil mixed in petroleum jelly provided significant itching relief.10
Peppermint essential oil can be used in three different ways; topical application to the affected area, aromatic use through a diffuser for long-lasting effects, or added to tea for use as an internal tonic. For portable aromatic use, try peppermint essential oil in Mountain MONQ.
Due to its strong concentration, this oil should be used in moderation.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum essential oil is a unique oil rarely available in typical essential oil collections. Despite its rarity, it is one of the most powerful essential oils packed with anti-allergenic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can relieve itching, reduce inflammation caused by insect bites, and promote healthy immune system function. Additionally, it can also be a preventative oil, fighting infections before they invade the skin.11
Helichrysum is most commonly used in a room diffuser, providing a long-term remedy for itching and inflammation. It can also be inhaled on the go with a Relieve MONQ personal aromatherapy diffuser. Alternatively, mix several drops of helichrysum essential oil with olive oil and apply directly to the affected area for relief.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
The oil is most commonly diluted in a carrier oil and applied topically to the affected area. Eucalyptus can also be breathed in via an Ocean MONQ personal aromatherapy diffuser.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oil has rich anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and calming properties. It has been shown to reduce itching associated with eczema, dandruff, diaper rash, and dry skin when applied topically.13
To use chamomile essential oil for itch relief, apply the oil to the affected area after diluting it with a carrier oil. Diffusing chamomile essential oil or adding it to a warm bath may also provide relief from irritation. Furthermore, it promotes sleep and feelings of calm. Sleepy MONQ personal aromatherapy diffuser offers a convenient way to use chamomile anytime, anywhere.
Whether it’s a bug bite, dry skin, or a skin condition, itchiness can be a nuisance. Using essential oils can provide itching relief, in addition to benefiting overall health and well-being.
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