Essential oils have been used by various cultures to cure ailments ranging from depression to bacterial infections. According to the book, "Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils," they can transport nutrients to the cells and provide antibacterial properties which ward off disease. Skin ailments often stem from bacteria and inflammation, and several essential oils show promise in helping heal such ailments. Skin tags, in particular, may be helped by rose hip seed oil, frankincense oil and tea tree oil. Before using essential oils to remove skin tags, discuss with a dermatologist to determine the best course of action.
Rose Hip Seed Oil
One essential oil that may be helpful with skin tags is rose hip seed oil. This oil is often used for general skincare, because it's high in vitamin C and essential fatty acids -- both are nourishing and healing to the skin. Author Victoria Edwards, "The Aromatherapy Companion," recommends mixing 1 tbsp. of rose hip seed oil with 1 tsp. of sage essential oil and 1 tsp. of everlasting essential oil, and applying one or two drops of this mixture to skin tags several times a day.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense oil may also be helpful in removing skin tags. Both aromatic and healing, frankincense is also considered a traditional skin tonic with anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, and anti-septic properties. In the book, "Linda Page's Healthy Healing," Page recommends mixing frankincense essential oil with either castor oil or tea tree oil to remove skin tags and moles. Be sure to blend frankincense with a base oil such as olive or almond, or it will cause a burning sensation on the skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another essential oil traditionally used for skin ailments, including skin tags. According to Pharmacist Tom Chua, tea tree oil is an antiseptic which seems to kill bacteria, viruses and fungus. Among many purported benefits such as treating infections and dandruff, tea tree oil can also be used to cure skin tags, though scientific evidence to back up this claim is lacking, says Natural Remedies Review.
- "The Aromatherapy Companion"; Victoria H. Edwards; 1999
- "Healthy Healing"; Linda G. Rector-Page; 2000
- Natural Remedies Review: Tea Tree Oil
- "Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils"; Connie Higley; 2005