When it comes to essential oils, tea tree oil is the oil most usually associated with treating acne. However, there are several other essential oils that are either as effective as tea tree oil in fighting bacteria and other microbes that can cause acne. The next time you have a skin care problem, before you reach for medicine, consider trying your essential oils. This article looks at a few of the essential oils that are valuable in treating all kinds of skin care problems. All of the essential oils listed below should be used with care, and should not be used by anyone who is pregnant, or who has health care problems.
- Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi): Also known as “white tea tree”, cajuput is in the same family as Melaleuca alternifolia, the tea tree oil that has become so popular in the past few years. It is used to treat hair and skin care problems.
- Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea): This oil has antiseptic properties and is soothing to the skin.
- Lavender (Lavender angustifolia): This oil has many different uses and is also recommended for babies and those with sensitive skin. Use for acne, athlete’s foot, mild burns, inflammations, etc
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha): Myrrh has a long history of use for embalming purposes and for dealing with skin care problems. It is most famous as being one of the gifts given to Jesus by the wise men. Myrrh is valuable in treating athlete’s foot, chapped skin, eczema and wounds.
- Roman Chamomile (Chamamelum nobile): This sweet smelling essential oils is not only soothing, but it is also antiseptic.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): This essential oil is good for dealing with athlete’s foot, acne, wounds and a host of other skin care problems. Dr. Ruth Winter in A Consumer’s Dictionary Of Cosmetic Ingredients states that tea tree oil is “eleven to 13 times as powerful as carbolic acid.”
- Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata var.geniuna): This is a very sweet smelling essential oil that has antiseptic properties.