Scars are the byproducts of the body’s natural method of healing wounds caused by injury or disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, scar treatments can range from the minute to the invasive, with options such as dermabrasion, laser treatments, tissue fillers and other complex surgical procedures. While very few oils have proven to be consistently effective in eliminating scars, you may be able to reduce the cosmetic impact of your scars with the help of oils.
Lavender Essential Oil
In her book “Aromatherapy for Women,” author and herbalist Shirley Price calls lavender the most versatile essential oil available. Generally considered to be gentler on the skin than other oils when properly diluted, lavender provides tissue regenerative properties that may accelerate the healing process of the scar’s fibrous tissue. According to The Ananda Apothecary web resource, lavender also carries anti-inflammatory constituents that enable it to be an effective remedy for burn wounds and scars caused by burns. To partake in the healing properties of lavender essential oil, select an organic product and dilute 12 drops of the oil into 1 oz. of a carrier oil, such as olive or sesame oil, and apply once a day to your scar.
Neroli Essential Oil
The flowers of the neroli plant, known botanically as citrus aurantium, are responsible for this unique essential oil. According to the Organic Facts web resource, neroli has been proven anecdotally effective as an antidepressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, emollient, sedative and tonic. In her book “Aromatherapy: An A-Z,” Patricia Davis describes the means by which neroli essential oil stimulates the regenerative function of skin cells to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars and other cosmetic skin issues. Generally considered safe on normal skin, neroli can be diluted in the same method as lavender oil and applied at different times throughout the day.
These products are generally used to maintain moisture in the outermost layer of your skin to help repair damaged or fibrous tissues. Emollients such as lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum fill in the spaces between skin cells, replacing lipids and allowing the epidermis’ natural healing functions to smooth and lubricate rough skin. While emollient products can be found in everything from acne creams to skin moisturizers, your best option is to find a blend of natural ingredients and oils that provides a temporary barrier through which rough skin tissues can heal.
- "Aromatherapy for Women"; Shirley Price; 2003
- “Aromatherapy: An A-Z”; Patricia Davis; 1999
- The Ananda Apothecary: Essential Oils for Healing the Skin
- Organic Facts: Health Benefits of Neroli Essential Oil