9 Essential Oils to Calm Itchy Skin

Eczema, psoriasis and skin allergies can be a real pain. The constant itching and scratching as a result of skin inflammation can cause redness, irritation and scarring.

While these skin problems don’t tend to be life-threatening, they can have a dramatic effect on your daily life. Wanting flawless limbs, for instance, can be challenging when you have sensitive skin. While you are initially rewarded with smooth, hair-free limbs, certain home hair-removal methods such as waxing and shaving can, unfortunately, cause skin irritations. That can, sadly, quickly cover your smooth, glowing legs with redness and a nasty rash.

Furthermore, when it comes to inflamed skin, the itching is often even worse at night, and the perpetual need to scratch does disrupt your much-needed beauty rest, leading to even more problems. That vicious cycle will not only exacerbate your irritated skin, it is also likely to lead to a host of other issues that are caused by poor sleep patterns, anywhere from poor eating habits to difficulty focusing at work to mood swings.

Those with severe skin issues should definitely consider consulting with a specialist such as an allergist or dermatologist. However, some of you may also want to consider trying essential oils as a complementary remedy, as they are popularly known to be effective for calming angry skin. Just check out these 9 different oils and their skin-soothing properties.

Note. Always use only reputable brands that are 100 per cent pure essential oils. It is also wise to use a carrier oil for stronger oils and to do spot-test before using any oil on a larger area of skin.


Lavender Oil

The soothing scent of lavender is a familiar perfume in relaxation spas and retreats. It is arguably one of the most well-known and popularly used oils on the market because of its lovely floral scent. The oil does double-duty when it comes to soothing the senses. It not only calms your nerves, it is also a wonderful salve when it comes to skin inflammation and it even has an analgesic effect.


Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)

Are you one of those lucky ones that don’t get mosquito bites, like, ever? Or are you a mozzie magnet (like me) that attracts these pesky blood-suckers so that you leave practically every outdoor activity you attend with swollen red welts on your skin?

If you are the latter, you may want to have tea tree oil in your corner. The oil is excellent for relieving itch that is caused by insect bites, a rash or a skin infection because it helps to kill bacteria. Tea tree, however, can be drying, and that can actually end up causing you to itch for a different reason. So limit the use of tea tree oil only for itchy skin that is caused by some sort of bacterial infection.



Patchouli oil has many of the qualities of tea tree oil but without the drying aspect of it, making this an excellent choice for irritated skin that is caused by dryness.



We are all probably familiar with the calming effects of chamomile tea. We love it as a warm night-time beverage that can help you get a better night’s sleep. Chamomile oil has the same soothing properties as the tea, with powerful anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe itchy, angry skin.



Skin irritation and dryness can stem from hormonal issues that cause your body to be out of balance. This can be a result of mental and emotional stress (work, family, finances, etc.) or physical stress (environmental pollution) and can also be associated with your time of the month.

In this case, geranium may be your best choice for calming skin irritations as the oil has properties that are said to help bring your body back to balance.



Frankincense is an oil that has been revered for centuries and hailed for its amazing reparative and restorative qualities. Extracted from tree resin, the oil serves as an effective pain-reliever for open wounds and irritated skin and also helps naturally with cell regeneration. So it isn’t just effective as a symptom reliever; it will also help to bring your broken and inflamed skin back to health.



Copaiba is yet another phenomenal tree-resin extract that can heal skin and regenerate your skin cells. For those frequently deal with acne, healing copaiba is an excellent salve for calming the pain, itch and irritation that occurs after a nasty breakout.



Helichrysum is from a plant in the sunflower family. This remarkable oil has antiviral properties and anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the severity and promote the healing and repairing of various injuries (not limited to the skin) caused by allergies, eczema and arthritis, among others. It is also a wonderful remedy for digestive issues and can help to support immune health.



Distilled from the roots of a vetiver plant, this oil is has a rather thick consistency, and an earthy, musky fragrance. This oil not only has a nice centring and grounding quality, but it also has both antifungal and antibacterial effects that are great for wound recovery and for soothing the itching that is often part of the healing process.