Calendula is an oil I had not heard of. It’s also called the pot marigold. The name, calendula, comes from a Latin word, kalendae, which meant the first of the month. It is suggested it got this name because the plant blooms in the first months of the year. It is native to Micronesia. This particular oil can be applied directly to the rash. It will help relieve the itch and can take care of the can also take care of the root source of the rash.
Other essential oils for rashes can be combined to soothe and heal. This recipewould be good to apply to the rash directly or could be applied over cloth or paper tape like the kind of tape the frames an ostomy appliance.
- 5 drops chamomile or 10 drops lavender oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 cups water (or use peppermint tea instead)
Combine the ingredients. If you are making a tea to use as the base instead of water, pour 21/2 cups of boiling water over 4 teaspoons of dried peppermint leaves, and steep 15 minutes. Strain out the herb. Add the remaining ingredients. Use a soft cloth or a skin sponge to apply on irritated skin until itching is alleviated. Chamomile is the best choice for this recipe, but it is expensive, so 10 drops of lavender essential oil can be substituted, if necessary. This recipe is taken verbatim from the site linked in this article.
I like this recipe for use with an ostomy appliance because you don’t use any carrier oil with it. Using a carrier oil can cause the tape to come loose and you might lose your appliance. It’s important to remember that creams, lotions, and oils can raise havoc with the tape around your ostomy appliance. Using essential oil for rashes under your appliance in a recipe that uses baking soda has two purposes. The baking soda will help dry up the rash and it has healing properties of its own.
All of the oils listed can relieve a rash and have healing properties. Some, like chamomile, and calendula, can be applied directly to the rash. Most, however, should be mixed with distilled water, lotion, or a carrier oil like sunflower oil, sesame seed oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or plain ordinary cooking oil. As far as lotions go, any lotion you have will work. Scented oils won’t affect how essential oils work but the combination might create an unusual scent.
To use essential oils for rashes or for general purposes you should first test it on a clean area of skin to be sure you don’t have a reaction to the oil. Some are quite potent and could cause irritation and you don’t want that to happen especially if you’re treating a rash. Other oils, like chamomile, peppermint, and rose from the list of ones mentioned here, should not be used by pregnant women. They have an emmenagogue action. In other words, they control menstrual flow and should not be used during pregnancy.
The rash mentioned above is a heat rash but some rashes are actual hives. All of the oils listed and the recipe above can be used to treat hives as well as heat rash. Other oils that can be used to treat hives are fennel (also not to be used if pregnant) oregano, celery seed, rosemary, ravesenara. These oils are to be applied over the liver to help detoxify the body. Chamomile can also be used in this fashion. If the hives are caused by stress you can apply lavender, myrrh, lemon, or angelica to your feet, shoulders, used in a bath or diffused in a room. This application of essential oils is the same as above. Mix them with a lotion or carrier oil.
Essential oils can be used to treat many conditions and illnesses. However before using them contact your physician for a diagnosis and to find out whether or not essential oils will work for you. Many physicians are now acknowledging that essential oils do have healing properties and are willing to explore this option.
Essential oils for rashes