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Best Essential Oils for Your Skin

the best essential oils for your skin

These examples of the best essential oils for your skin will form a useful foundation for your starter kit collection. Herbs contain thousands of active biochemicals and provide interactions and combined effects. This synergy provides various benefits for your skin and hair and they recognize the substances as biocompatible and absorb them quicker than petrochemicals or mineral oil. Essential oils from herbs can mitigate skin problems from wrinkles to dandruff. Herbs in the form of essential oil are effective for fighting the signs of aging, such as dark spots and wrinkles, and they cleanse, tone, moisturize, and exfoliate your skin.

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1. Patchouli

Patchouli Essential OilsPatchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is grown in East India and is one example of the best essential oils for your skin. For hundreds of years it has been used in perfumes, incense, and alternative medicines including insect repellents. It has a strong and intense scent that most people like. When burned as incense, the aromatics are released in the smoke. Oils are said to be “essential” because they encompass the plants fragrance essence—the distinguishing aroma of a particular plant. You will want to purchase pure, therapeutic grade, certified organic oils for your therapy.

Extraction Methods

The parts of the Patchouli plant used are the dried and preserved leaves. The essential oils are extracted by steam distillation of the cured leaves rupturing the inner cell walls by scalding them with steam. Some processors use drying or fermentation methods. The leaves are then usually exported to be distilled and sold as essential oils.


For skin issues—Patchouli is wonderful for chapped, dry skin that becomes flaky and itches, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, impetigo, fungal infections, wrinkles, and acne. It works on athlete’s foot too.

The non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-allergic oils are also wonderful for cell tissue growth and renewal. Other great benefits are easing mental confusion and indecision, sharpening your brainpower, and will give you mental and emotional peace. It is used as a sedative for nerves, depression, and for the pituitary glands. While your skin benefits, look at what other benefits you get at the same time. Patchouli is great for oily and general hair care, wounds, and open pores.

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2. Jojoba oil

Jojoba Essential OilsJojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) is the seed of the Jojoba plant native to southern California, southern Arizona, Utah, northwestern Mexico, Argentina, and Israel.

Extraction Methods

Jojoba oil is pressed from the seeds of the jojoba bush and is refined clear or can be unrefined.

Benefits For skin issues—Jojoba oil is valued for imbalances in your skin, such as eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap in babies, is a natural skin moisturizer, and helps to repair your scalp and hair. It improves oily skin and reduces acne causes—excess oil. Sebum, the natural skin oil, is almost the same as Jojoba oil. Containing vitamin E and antioxidants, Jojoba oil guards against signs of aging. Somehow, the skin’s cells think they are producing oil so the cells think Jojoba is their own oil so stops producing sebum while Jojoba is on the skin.

3. Lavender

Lavender essential oil is used for treating acne with its anti-fungal properties, and pimples reducing the swelling, irritation, and redness. Try using 10-20 drops of Lavender essential oil to 50 mL (1.7 ounces) of Jojoba oil and apply to your affected skin.

4. To Prevent Aging

Geranium, Lavender, Neroli (blossoms from Bitter Orange tree), Rose, and Rosemary

5. To Prevent Dry Skin

Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh—rejuvenating characteristics highly valued over the last 2000 years.

6. Moisturizing the Skin


7. Reducing Inflammation and Puffiness

Chamomile and Lavender

Tea-Tree essential oil is good for oily skin, dandruff, burns, cold sores, skin abscesses, insect bites, blisters, acne, herpes, and athlete’s foot.

Skin wrinkles can be caused by dry skin conditions such as cracked hands and a flaky complexion along with flaky dry hands, arms, and legs. Psoriasis and eczema are often caused by dry skin.

Choose essential oils specifically for dry skin that maintain equilibrium with the production of skin oil and are anti-inflammatory to reduce irritation and puffiness. As we get older, the well-known anti-aging essential oils, such as geranium, neroli, lavender, rose, and rosemary, are exceptionally beneficial. These oils are said to rejuvenate skin by supporting the growth of new cells.

Peppermint increases the skin’s oil production while chamomile, helichrysum of the sunflower family, and carrot seed reduce inflammation that goes with dry skin conditions. Carrot and helichrysum help with precancerous skin problems caused by the sun mainly on the face and hands.

Final Thoughts

Therapists, formulators, wellness centers, health professionals, spas, massage, and yoga studios trust essential oils globally.

Take care and never use essential oils undiluted unless advised by your health care provider and/or certified aromatherapist. Keep essential oils away from children, infants, and pets. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use essential oils unless on the advice of a qualified aromatherapist. Never take essential oils internally.

For more on uses of essential oils, and different things they can be used for, please check out our complete list of essential oils and what they are used for.

Melissa Styer

Melissa Styer is the Founder, and long time Editor-in-Chief of With a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oregon, and a Masters Degree in Biology from California State University, Melissa has been writing and teaching about essential oils and the importance of a maintaining a healthy living environment for over 25 years. === Hi All, I started Wellness Appliances in the Winter of 2014 as a way to and share my knowledge and thoughts on essential oils and the importance of healthful living. As a youngster, I have vivid memories of walking through the large fantastic garden my dad kept for his entire life. It was there I learned about all the plants and the varied, important properties they can offer humanity. A cool morning misty walk down the meandering paths was a child’s delight, and something I still do to this day in my own sprawling gardens. While I have stepped back from the day-to-day managing of Wellness Appliances, I intend to continue contributing articles on subjects that matter to me from time to time. My days are largely filled volunteering at the local co-op, tooling in my vegetable and fragrance gardens (which I attempt to keep as a year-round gardens), writing, and being the leader of the pack to my two dogs Jacko and Lea. Thanks for the years of great readership! - Melissa

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  1. Darlene

    Is there a kit of essential oils for aging skin available?

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