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Q: I had chicken pox 3 weeks ago and the red marks just don't seem to be fading. Is there any essential oil I could use to help quicken up the healing process (to be used on face)? Thank you - T. M.
A: Thanks for your interest in aromatherapy. Here is a formula that Patricia Davis gives in her book, Aromatherapy, An A-Z:
Tea Tree Oil - 6 drops
Bergamot - 10 drops
Chamomile - 10 drops
Lavender - 10 drops
Witch Hazel - 50 ml (a bit less than 2 oz.)
Distilled water - 50 ml
Put all ingredients in a bottle. Shake well before each use and dab it on the affected areas. She says that this is especially useful in the latter stages of chicken pox since it speeds healing and reduces the risk of scarring from the blisters.
If you are allergic to any ingredient, leave it out and use the others as directed - don't double up on any if you leave one out. It would be a good idea to do two consecutive patch tests on a small area before you use it on bigger areas. When using Bergamot essential oil, use only FCF Bergamot (furo-coumarin free) and avoid prolonged exposure of your skin of the sun for at least 12 hours after application. Bergamot on the skin can greatly increase the risk of sunburn, especially if it is not FCF. If you cannot keep your skin from exposure to the sun after use, leave the Bergamot out of the formula and use 5 drops of Eucalyptus in its place.
Please be sure you use only high quality pure essential oils. We can make this formula for you if you wish or you can purchase the individual ingredients.
Of course, essential oils should not be used to treat a medical condition without your physician's approval. I hope this information is helpful to you. Let me know how you are doing. Best Regards, Joie Power, Ph.D.
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