Unless you have never engaged in anything risky and dangerous in your life, you have a scar. It could be completely healed, partially visible, smooth or raised, but you have it on some part of your body. For some luck folks amongst us, the scars are invisible or in places that no one can see. Others not so lucky. Have to see theirs every day and so does everyone else especially if it is on the face.
There is no shame in having a scar. It is a reminder of a time in or life, whether good or bad. You could have fallen off a bike you were learning to ride, had an accident in a car after a party, and scarred your skin when giving birth, or cut yourself when peeling a fruit. Whatever the cause, it already happened and you cannot take it back. The fact that you are here now is evidence that you conquered and in some way, are stronger now than you were then.
Still, some scars are too visible to take pride in or they are constant reminders of things we want to forget. While modern medicine may not make them less visible, essential oil may over time.
Why Essential Oils?
For years now, aromatherapy has been used as an alternative to modern medicine for many ailment ad conditions, with fading of scars being one of them. It has been used to help regenerate damaged skin and layer on to allow new sin to grow and cover old scars. Over time and with consistent use, the new skin completely covers the scar and improves its appearance. Being as essential oils are naturally extracted and with no additives, they cause no further harm to the skin and they will (unless in isolated cases) have no adverse effect on the user.
Most essential oils possess antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help heal wounds and the skin to fade the appearance of old scars. They are also known to have cicatrisant properties that help regenerate skin over time at the cellular level, eventually leading to the growth of tissue. The new group of cells will improve the appearance of patches of damaged skin.
How to use Essential oils on the Skin
All essential oils are very concentrated and will be sold in 10ml doses. This level of concentration can be too much for the skin and so it will need dilution to make it ideal. Carrier oils such as coconut, shea butter, olive oil, and Rosehip oil are some of the best for scars.
Why add carrier oil? Apart from dilution, carrier oils enable effective absorption of essential oils by the skin and also allow for even distribution all over the affected areas.
The ratio for dilution depends on whom the oil is being used. For kids, less concentration is called for, equaling to one drop of essential oil per four teaspoons of carrier oil. Adults with sensitive skin or those with pre-existing conditions will need a drop of essential oil per teaspoonful of carrier oil. Pregnant women and the elderly will fall under this category too.
Those adults without the said conditions can handle a stronger dose, and so two drops of oil per a teaspoon of carrier will suffice. Those without pre-existing conditions but have muscle aches could use a much stronger dose that will give immediate results. Three drops of your preferred essential oil added to a teaspoon of carrier oil will give the desired results.
Other Natural Remedies for Scars
Apart from essential oils, these are other remedies that are known to fade scars.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is not only known as a beauty secret for skin, but it also helps regenerate damage cells to heal skin and improve the appearance of scars. The gel on Aloe leaves is known for soothing the skin especially in the event of burns or any other form of scarring. If you can’t find the gel from leaves, the packed product in a pharmacy near you will do just fine. Applying the gel on the scarred area two to three times a day and leaving it on for a hour or longer will result in a clearer scar over time. Patience and consistency are key.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Being and astringent, ACV will help eliminate dead skin and result in the fading of acne scars. As it is concentrated, it will benefit you to mix it with honey and then use a ball of cotton to apply on the affected area. Leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing it off. Doing this twice a day will sure improve te appearance of scars.
- Onion extract
Onion contains bioflavenoids, such as kaempferol and cepalin which are said to heal scarring. A test done showed that subjects who applied onion extract reported softer scars and they also showed significant appearance after only four weeks of application once a day. Onion extract is easy to make through grating onions and squeezing out the extract using cloth. Some people complain of mild stinging but it reduces the longer it stays on the skin.
- Shea Butter and Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile carrier oils that can also be used to dilute essential oils. Alone, it soothes the scarred area and keeps its moisturized. Shea butter and coconut oil are both known for their moisturizing qualities on some skin types, and this makes them ideal for prevention of further scarring. To prevent a scar from enlarging or to help it heal faster, you are supposed to intensify moisture. These two products are rich in that. They also contain Omega-3 that has antioxidants to inhibit keloid scar tissue and repair skin. To see results from these two products, apply one or a mixture of them on the scar twice or thrice a day for three weeks. You won’t have to wash them off as they are beneficial to the skin too. The only worry is that they may stain your clothes.
- Emu Oil
Emu oil is from a flightless bird, Emu that is native to Australia. This oil is cold-pressed to preserve its goodness which includes omega fatty acids. Experts say that this oil has the properties of mineral oils without the harmful effects that come from the later. Emu oil has been used for years to heal wounds and for the skin. This oil’s ability to deeply penetrate the skin and moisturize is the main reason why it is ideal for healing the skin and fading scars.
Aromatherapy has been used for years to heal wounds, clear acne and fade scars. There are among the best for this practice.
- Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood oil has been used for ages and it is extracted from pieces of aged sandalwood trees. Trees up to 80 years old are preferred as they produce more oil that is aromatic and even better at therapy., but at times 40-year-old trees are used too.
This oil has several benefits to the mind and body, among them its anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, antiseptic, emollient, astringent, cicatrisant, diuretic, and expectorant properties. Its property as a cell proliferation agent encourages the growth of new skin cells that eventually fades old scars and helps generate new skin where there was damage.
Being a mild astringent, this oil helps tighten, soothe and cleanse skin, which is why it is used as a primary ingredient in skincare products such as toners and after-shave. It is also organic seeing as it is extracted from trees, hence making it safe from all the chemicals in regular beauty products. With its anti-inflammatory compounds, this oil provides relief from insect bites and mild inflammations that could cause scarring if left unattended.
Naturally, it is quite concentrated and so it is best diluted with carrier oil. A little goes a long way as this oil is potent and the carrier oil allows for even deeper penetration into the skin.
The most popular way to use sandalwood essential oil for scars is by applying it on the scarred area every day. Consistence will yield results as will proper dilution. You can blend it with other essential oils too for added benefit.
- Frankincense Essential Oil
Made from the resinous sap of the Boswellia tree – which is native to Somalia- this oil was offered to the gods in ancient cultures as a form of gratitude. Remember it was also one of the gifts the wise men from the Bible brought baby Jesus? That surely counts for something, doesn’t it? This oil is still held in high esteem in several modern cultures, signifying its potency.
Traditionally, the bark of Boswellia tree was burned as incense for special occasion while Egyptian women charred the bark to use the ashes as mascara. Today it is steam-distilled to produce oil that is used for aromatherapy. Frankincense oil’s popularity in aromatherapy is partly due to its ability to aid in cell health and re-growth. For this reason, it becomes pretty important in healing and fading scars.
As a powerful astringent Frankincense essential oil prevents the degradation of cells and in the process, leads to the generation of new ones where there is damage. It is known to fade surgical and acne scars with consistent use and even tighten the skin. It reduces the signs of aging and tightens the skin to keep wrinkles at bay. The benefits derived from using this oil go beyond the skin. It is also ideal for indigestion, constipation, and a host of other things.
The best way to use this oil for scars is by applying it on the scarred part. Three drops of the oil mixed in a teaspoon of a carrier oil of choice is ideal for application.
- Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot seed oil has numerous properties, among them an antiseptic, emenagogue, disinfectant, cytophylactic, detoxifying, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, carminative, depurative, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic. All these qualities make it one of the best oils on the skin as it heals, soothes, tightens, and clears scars. The high level of antioxidants also fights free radicals, arresting their power to damage cells and repairing what has already been damaged. The antioxidants also take care of fine lines and wrinkles as well as weakening muscles. Being a stimulant, it stimulates the growth of new cells.
Carrot seed essential oil is extracted through the steam distillation of dried wild carrot plants and the seed itself. Wild carrot, common in Europe, is also called “Queen Anne’s Lace” and is grown organically. The oil is fragrant but not in an overpowering way. Still, its potency means that it is best diluted with a carrier oil of choice as direct use on the skin could be harmful.
Thanks to its antiseptic properties, this oil heals wounds when applied on them, limiting the ability of scars enlarging. This oil is one of the few that can be safely ingested for more health benefits, but for scars one only needs to apply it on the affected area consistently. As usually recommended, choose and one that is 100 percent essential oil without additives.
- Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon has for many years been identified as tonic for healing several ailments. The oils is also recognized for its numerous properties including disinfecting and cleansing, insect repelling, breathing aid, as a zesty cooking accoutrement, immune system booster, tension reducer, and skin tonic, among others. The high levels of antioxidants available in lemon makes it rank highly as a fighter of free radicals that damage cells and expose the body to untold harm.
The high level of vitamin C in lemon makes it able to regenerate and repair skin cells that have been damaged as well as act as an immune booster. The boost given the white blood cells makes it possible to generate new skin that will grow over the scars and make them invisible over time.
Being as an astringent, lemon essential oil detoxifies the skin, making it tighter and more vibrant. Regeneration of cells is faster and easier when the oil is applied on a daily basis.
It takes over 10 standard sized lemons to make 10ml of oil, which is lots of them. This means that the oil is quite potent and so a little of it goes a long way. You want to use it sparingly and also to dilute four to five drops of this oil with a teaspoon of your preferred carrier oil. Swab the affected area with oil-infused cotton daily and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing it off to see results.
- Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the gentlest oils on the skin. It also smells great which is why it is blended with other oils for skin and hair care. This also explains why ancient Egyptians used it as perfume. This oil has been used world over for over 2,500 years for its powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-depressive, sedative, calming properties. The oil is extracted from the flowers, the plant itself, and the leaves.
Toxins are some of the most dangerous substances to the skin and body as they cause all manner of diseases and so this oil contains a high level of antioxidants to fight free radicals. This prevents potential damage to cells as well as the repair of those that have already been damaged.
Its antibacterial and antifungal properties promote faster healing of wounds and reduce the chances of scarring. It reduces the appearance of scars when used over time, regardless of the nature of them. It also encourages the regeneration of cells that covers old scars with new skin.
Being a gentle oil, lavender can be used directly in the skin without dilution. However, carrier oil increases the oil’s ability to spread properly and penetrate the skin. Daily use is highly recommended for the best results. Just apply a drop of oil on the affected area.
- Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil has been around for centuries and used for its properties as an stringent, hemostatic, diuretic, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, tonic, deodorant, styptic, and a vulnerary agent. It has also been used for its ability to stimulate and improve blood flow, making skin regeneration and re-growth possible.
It is extracted through steam distillation of stems and leaves of the geranium plant and is extracted in its organic form. As an astringent, this oil reduces the sagging of joints and skin and it also tightens facial skin. It has been used on skin to prevent bacteria ad microbes from forming and causing wounds to fester. As an immune booster, this oil protects the internal workings of the body to prevent damage of cells that could expose the body to illnesses. As a vulnerary, this oil speeds up the healing process of wounds and to some greater extent prevents the formation of scars when used from the get-go.
As a powerful cicatrizant, Geranium essential oil has acted as a cheaper option for fading scars for years. It does this by stimulating blood flow in the affected area just below the skin surface to encourage new skin growth and even distribution of melanin. Apart from encouraging cell growth, this oil leads to better health of the same.
As a potent oil, you are supposed to dilute it with carrier oil of choice to avoid any irritation and to encourage deeper penetration.
- Copaiba Essential Oil
From a tree Native to Brazil comes Copaiba essential oil which is extracted from the tree’s gum or sap through steam distillation. The oil has a high level of beta caryophyllene that acts as an incredible anti-inflammatory, helping the body heal faster when injured or irritated. The levels of beta caryophyllene present in this oil are way higher than those found in clove oil. This property also makes the oil an analgesic meaning it kills pain or makes it milder.
Among its other properties is its power as an astringent that tightens the skin and removes wrinkles to prevent premature aging. As the skin tightens and strengthens, it clears the appearance of blemishes and scars leaving smoother and youthful skin than before. The antioxidants in the oil fight free radicals to encourage the regeneration of damaged cells that leads to newer skin cells.
This oil is one of the few that can be ingested especially for its benefits on the liver and the overall wellbeing of the body. You want to be sure to read instructions to avoid overdosing on the oil. As a potent oil, it is best diluted with carrier oil and coconut is one of its best blends. Apply your mixture on the scarred area and leave it for as long as you like. Since it is beneficial to the skin, there will be no need to rinse it off.
- Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil is extracted through stem distillation from rosemary leaves and the stem itself. This oils has been used for centuries for all its benefits in the culinary world as well as in cosmetics. One of its most celebrated uses on the skin is its ability to nourish and moisturize it to get rid of dead skin and flak. It also promotes the circulation of blood when used as a massage oil and thus encourages the growth of cells that have been damaged through injury. Over time, its use results in the re-growth of skin and eventual covering of scars.
This oil is to only be used externally and not ingested as it could result to vomiting. As is with most essential oils, rosemary is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women and you should consult your doctor before using it. It blends perfectly with other essential oils and even better with carrier oil to increase its penetration and spreading ability.
These essential oils are not only beneficial to scars, but they also work perfectly for skin around the affected area. Before buying essential oil, confirm that it is not diluted with any other product and that it smells right. Don’t go for cheap stuff as it may be adulterated. Remember to adhere to the dosage recommended and dilute adequately with carrier oils to strike the perfect balance. Consistency and patience are vital in the journey with essential oils.