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Aromatherapy Skin Care: Rosacea

Aromatherapy Skin Care: Rosacea

rosaceaRosacea is a difficult skin condition to have to deal with. It is a chronic skin condition that makes your face turn red and may cause swelling and skin sores that look like acne. Rosacea is a harmless condition, but it may cause you to be self-conscious or embarrassed. The cause is not known. You may be more likely to have this if you are

  • Age 30-50
  • Fair-skinned
  • A woman (but men usually have more severe symptoms)

Rosacea involves swelling of the blood vessels just under the skin. It may be associated with other skin disorders or eye disorders.

Symptoms

  • Redness of the face
  • Blushing or flushing easily
  • A lot of spider-like blood vessels of the face
  • Red nose (called a bulbous nose)
  • Acne-like skin sores that may ooze or crust
  • Burning or stinging feeling in the face
  • Irritated, bloodshot, watery eyes

Possible treatments

Some people like to use Rose oil or Geranium oil with Jojoba on the affected areas.

I looked up treating Rosacea in my books and there really wasn’t much said in them. One of them, Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees, said to use their treatment toner (recipe below) and to avoid extreme temperatures, chocolate, spicy foods, oranges, and red wine; and to take regular supplements of vitamin B1 and B2.

Treatment Toner
  • 5 teaspoons glycerin
  • Juice of 1 lemon, strained
  • 1 drop Neroli oil
  • 1 drop Rose oil

Mix glycerin and lemon juice together thoroughly then add the essential oils. Decant into sterile liquid bottle. Moisten cotton ball with toner and dab it, gently, over area.

Another treatment

In Valerie Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, she gives a fairly extensive treatment plan that takes 28 days. It is as follows:

Daily Cleansing and Rinsing Routine

Use no harsh products on your face. For cleaning the face, use pure soap only and rinse at least 25 times with the tap running. Use warm water, not hot or cold. In the final rinse water, put 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar, then pat skin dry. During the day, wear the following oil formulas. Do not wear any facial make-up whatsoever, nor any special coverups. Just the oil.

Use the cleansing routine during all the stages of treatment. Each stage takes 14 days to complete.

Stage One

Day Treatment
  • 15 drops German Chamomile
  • 15 drops Parsley (can substitute Coriander)
  • 3 tablespoons Almond oil

Apply 5 drops of the formula once a day. Leave to soak into the skin for 5 minutes then dab off the excess with a tissue.

Night Treatment
  • 5 drops Galbanum
  • 15 drops Carrot Seed
  • 10 drops German Chamomile
  • 15 drops Coriander
  • 3 tablespoons Almond Oil

In the evening, after cleansing and rinsing, rub 5 drops of formula over face. Wait 5 minutes then dab off excess with a tissue. Don’t use any other cream, lotion, or portion.

After 14 days, do the following treatments:

Stage Two

Day Treatment
  • 15 drops Cypress
  • 15 drops Geranium
  • 3 tablespoons Almond Oil

Blend together and apply 5 drops of the formula once a day. Leave to soak into the skin for 5 minutes then dab off the excess with a tissue.

Night Treatment
  • 10 drops Violet Leaf (can substitute Rose Geranium)
  • 5 drops Hyssop
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 3 tablespoons Almond Oil

In the evening, after cleansing and rinsing, rub 5 drops of formula over face. Wait 5 minutes then dab off excess with a tissue. Don’t use any other cream, lotion, or portion.

During these fourteen days, get into fresh air as much as possible. Increase your fruit, vegetable, grain and fish intake. All additives and preservatives must be avoided. Avoid any red or white meat that contains traces of antibiotics and hormones. Increase your Zinc and Vitamin B & C intake with supplements. Use no face mask or steam treatments during this time. Drink plenty of water.

And finally,

What do you like to do? What ways have you used to deal with Rosacea? Please let us know in the comment section below.

Other Resources

  1. http://rosaceatreatmentguide.org/6-essential-oils-rosacea.html
  2. http://www.naturalnews.com/030424_rosacea_essential_oils.html
  3. http://www.highonhealth.org/how-to-cure-rosacea-naturally-by-using-essential-oils/
  4.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001882/

There are other websites but they tend to quote from these.

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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