RASH

ESSENTIAL OILS

Geranium. Helps to speed up the healing process of rashes, cuts and wounds.

Rose. May help prevent or slow the spread of harmful cells.184

Lavender. Shown to heal skin irritations and restore skin complexion.

Myrrh and Manuka. Reduce skin irritation and inflammation.

Research
Results from a comparison study suggest that lavender oil may improve skin healing through increasing growth factors in the dermis and epidermis more than other topical applications.

Home Remedy
Rash Balm. Rub 3 drops each of lavender oil and geranium oil on the affected area three times daily; for sensitive skin, mix 3 drops with 1⁄2 teaspoon of coconut oil.

Background
Rashes are small, often-red bumps that appear on the skin; hives are raised white or yellow bumps surrounded by red, inflamed skin. Both rashes and hives usually start as a burning sensation followed by itching. They can be caused by an allergen or irritant from food, clothing or household chemicals. Medications, poor digestion or illness may also cause rashes or hives. One of the most common forms of a rash is contact dermatitis, which is caused when a substance of some sort irritates the skin. A more severe reaction may cause swelling, redness and larger blisters. Rashes can be caused by many things, including poison ivy, poison oak, soaps, detergents, shampoos, perfumes, lotions, a latex allergy and a food allergy. They may also occur from viral infections such as shingles, fungal infections, acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, Lyme disease, bug bites or heat exposure.

Suggested Supplements

» Vitamin C. A powerful antioxidant with antihistamine properties. Take 2,000 milligrams daily.

» Nettle Leaf. Shown to be effective in reducing hives because it reduces overall histamine production. Take 300 milligrams, three times daily.