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Essential Oils in Sunburn

In most respects, sunburn should be treated as for Burns. The first thing to do is to avoid further exposure to the sun until symptoms have been cleared. Severe sunburn can produce bad blistering, dehydration, and sunstroke, and occasionally people have an allergic reaction to the sun's ultraviolet rays. For mild, widespread sunburn use Chamomile oil, either in a bath, or add 5 drops to a small bowl of water and carefully dab on to unbroken skin. With children, essential oils for the bath should ideally be pre-diluted in 5 ml (1 tsp) of Sweet Almond or similar oil. If...

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Essential Oils in Psoriasis

This is a skin disease where the skin cells start to grow too rapidly; the immature cells over-produce but fail to mature into proper keratin. The new cells grow more rapidly than the old dead layers can be shed and so thick, reddened patches form which are covered with a silvery scale. They can appear in patches almost anywhere, often on the outer surfaces of the elbows or knees, and in severe cases can cover the whole body. Essential oils that help to reduce inflammation may help locally, but it may be just as helpful to concentrate on lowering the...

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Essential Oils in Nosebleed

This is most often due to a blow on the nose, rupturing some of the tiny blood vessels, and can be quite common in children. Occasionally a nosebleed is sparked off by very hot, humid weather, or my excitement, and if they occur frequently, professional treatment should be sought. Soak a pad of cotton wool in cold, or even iced water with a couple of drops of Lemon oil added, and place firmly across the bridge of the nose. A more effective method is to place a small piece of this as a plugin in the affected area. Make an...

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Essential Oils in Menstrual Problems

Disturbances in the menstrual cycle can be of various kinds and can be due to a   wide number of factors, so it is essential to take a broad, holistic view of health. For persistent problems, or if self-help does not correct matters, do seek professional help. In order to get relief from painful periods, with cramping pains, a gentle and slow abdominal massage may be needed. Using oils that aid relaxation of muscle spasms, such as Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon Balm or Marjoram, will help a great deal. If massage cannot be tolerated, try using a few drops of one of...

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Essential Oils in Athlete's Foot

This fungal skin condition can be produced by a number of different microscopic fungal growths, causing inflammation and itching. Despite its name, it is neither confined to the feet nor only restricted to athletes. The most suitable anti-fungal essential oils to use are Lavender, Myrrh and Tea Tree, all of which not only tackle the infection directly but are also soothing and healing. Initially, they may be best applied dissolved in a little neat alcohol, at 2-3 percent dilution, or even used sparingly on their own on the moist, infected skin; when the skin is drier, they might then be...

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