Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Handcrafted Skin Allergy Relief


I'm five weeks into my Aromatherapy Certification Class now and thought it would be fun to share some of the things I've made using my new skills.  One of our blending exercises was to make a lotion blend using 3 to 5 essential oils in the Sesquiterpene family.  

After looking over the data sheets and GC/MS reports for all the Sesquiterpenes I settled on making a lotion blend for skin allergy and itch relief using German Chamomile, Spikenard, Veviter and Ylang Ylang.  I'm terribly allergic to dish soaps and currently have a rash on and between the fingers of my right hand.

I mixed up the cream and used it for a couple of days and saw results.  The rash was getting better but my skin was still so dry and cracked.  What I really needed was a little more skin healing power for this rash and thought a salve would work well adding the herb Comfrey for those exact properties.  

Instead making a Comfrey infused oil I took one of my already made up Comfrey Salves.  This particular salve has Comfrey and Calendula infused Olive Oil with a few drops of Lavender essential oil in it. 


I boiled about a half inch of water in a small sauce pan then set the tin in it to melt.  When it was a clear liquid again I added 4 drops German Chamomile, 4 drops Helichrysum & 3 drops Lavender.
Oh heavenly smells!


What you see pictured above looks like the aftermath...  I quickly stirred in the essential oils, then put the top on the tube so they wouldn't evaporate into the air and waited for the salve to harden.  


While I waited I went to avery.com and made myself a label for the finished product.
I dabbed a little of the left overs on the rash on my hand, it feels soothing, a bit oily but I can live with that.  We'll see now if it heals my dish soap rash.

 I've summarized below why I chose the essential oils I did.  These are not all the therapeutic properties of these essential oils, just the ones I was interested in for this project.

German Chamomile:
 Anti-allergenic, to help prevent and relieve allergies
Anti-inflammatory, to alleviate inflammation
Anti-fungal, to inhibit the growth of fungus
Anti-histaminic, to reduce histamine
Cicatrisant, cell - regenerative for skin, heals scars

Helichrysum:
Anti-inflammatory, to alleviate inflammation
Anti-allergenic, to help prevent and relieve allergies
Cicatrisant, cell - regenerative for skin, heals scars
Skin Healing, supports the skin to heal
Tonic, strengthens and restore vitality

Lavender:
Analgesic, numbs pain
Anti-inflammatory, to alleviate inflammation
Antiseptic, assists in fighting germs/infections
Cicatrisant, cell - regenerative for skin, heals scars
Tonic, strengthens and restore vitality

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial of sorts today.  If you need directions on how to make the Comfrey Salve I started with click here for the recipe tutorial.  
The essential oils I used today are from Aromatics International.

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3 comments:

Misty said...

Thanks for sharing. Please post update and let me know the results.

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


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Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

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Lisa Lynn said...

Great info! :) Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
Hope to see you again today. :)
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