Top 10 Essential Oils for Itching Relief

itching relief

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

It is natural to experience an urge to scratch an itch regardless of the type or cause of irritation. While doing so may bring temporary relief, scratching can not only intensify the itch but can break open already irritated skin, expose the body to infection, and cause prolonged discomfort and irritation.

Luckily, there are many treatment options available to relieve itching. In addition to over the counter and prescription antifungal, antibacterial, and sunburn remedies, essential oils naturally remedy itching and irritation and bring a range of additional benefits.

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

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

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamont is a very powerful essential oil known to be an anti-inflammatory tonic. The oil is quite effective at relieving itchiness caused by environmental irritants, stress, or inflammation.4

Add several drops of this essential oil to a room diffuser for itch relief. For added benefits, try breathing it in using a personal aromatherapy diffuser like Sleepy, Vibrant, Forest, or Ocean MONQ.myrrh

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

The best method for using myrrh essential oil depends on the skin condition you are wishing to remedy. But, 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

Patchouli essential oil contains antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties and can be used to moisturize the skin while preventing irritation and infections.6

For use, dilute the oil and apply it topically to the affected area.


Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil is a skin tonic and is used primarily to prevent itching rather than to remedy it.7

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

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

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is considered one of the most soothing oils for itch relief. It simultaneously 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.

Because of its strong concentration, this oil should be used in moderation.

Helichrysum oil

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. It is also 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.

eucalyptusEucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well as its cooling effect. These properties make it a very effective remedy for itching.12

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 oil

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 as well as promote 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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Taylor James

By Taylor James

Taylor is an aromatherapy enthusiast who’s favorite use of essential oils is through a portable diffuser created by MONQ. In her spare time you can find her enjoying nature whether it be on a lake or in a forest.

Favorite MONQ blend: Forest

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers.

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