Virginia Doran leads a two and a half day training on Aromatherapy for Facial Rejuvenation at the Open Center.
By Virginia Doran
Aromatherapy as a therapeutic method has many uses and one of my favorite applications of Aromatherapy is using essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils topically on the skin for anti-aging purposes as well as dermatological treatment. Here are two examples of very useful aromatherapeutic agents you can use for yourself, your friends and family and for those treating patients. The primary uses are in bold. They can be used in aromatherapy formulas for the other indications below. What kind of lavender are you using – a relaxing kind or a stimulating type?
Helichrysum Italicum Hydrosol ( There are approximately 500 species available so do check on the Latin name)
Please note hydrosols should be refrigerated.
Helichrysum is also known as Immortelle or Everlasting (helichrysum means golden sun in Greek).It is distilled from the yellow flowers, from Corsica where only the flowers are used, the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea. It is a must-have hydrosol for scars and bruises/hematomas. The scent is described as herbaceous and may resemble hay or honey.
Skin Types: All, oily and prone to acne (acneic), congested, mature, sensitive
Indications: Scars including chicken pox scars, Bruises and hematomas, broken capillaries, thread veins, varicose veins, mild acne, rosacea, wrinkles (dispels free radicals involved, 20%), ingrown hairs, eczema, skin allergies, rashes, dermatitis, bruises, sun-sensitive skin, cuts, burns, boils, stretch marks (improves elasticity of skin, skin discolorations)
Properties: Anti-microbial, antibiotic e(ffects gram positive and gram negative bacteria), anti-fungal, disinfecting and purifying effect), anti- septic, anti-inflammatory, fungicidal, emollient, stimulates arterial circulation, anti-hematoma, cicatrisant -stimulates healing of wounds or scars including surgical wounds as it can soothe and ease the pain and soothe an injured area, simulates collagen production, anti-coagulant (contains coumarins which are blood thinning), anti-oxidant, skin cell regenerative (cytophylactic- encourages the recycling of dead skin cells and the production of new cells), styptic-stops bleeding. If you spray on a cut, it will stop the bleeding right away, and disinfect and help prevent or lessen any bruising, analgesic (phenol, slightly anesthetizing), anti- allergenic (rashes),
Cautions and contra-indications: Aster allergies, epilepsy, diabetes, gallstones or obstruction of bile, blood clotting problems, people on blood thinners
Other uses: sprains, joints and rheumatoid arthritis, neuralgia, anti-phlebitis (varicose veins), anti-phlogistic (anti-fever), anti-tussive, cholagogue (bile stimulant for digestion and neutralizing acidity), hepatic (di-ketones in it regererate liver cells), splenic (good for anemia and production of red blood cells), expectorant, mucolytic (thins mucus, sinusitis), diuretic (promotes urination, helps detoxify the body through the urine, cystitis), cancer fighting properties (sesquiterpenes carry oxygen creating an environment where cancer can not be produced), nervine, stress, depression, lethargy, unresolved or denied emotions
Lavendula Angustifolia Essential Oil (made from steam distillation of the flowers)
High altitude grown lavender is preferred for skin conditions
Alpine Lavender- best quality, most soothing variety due to high linalyl acetate content, higher vibration
High Altitude- good quality, high linalyl acetate content
Spike Lavender- (L. latifolia or L.spica) aka English Lavender, grown at lower altitudes, higher camphor content creates a sharper scent, higher cineole content makes it better for upper respiratory conditions, stimulating rather than relaxing,
Lavender Stoechas (L. stoechas) aka French lavender,
Lavender Mailette – (L.officianalis or L. angustifolia- a cultivar of, a hybrid of true lavender) lower vibration than the higher altitude varieties, nicely scented high in linalyl acetate, which gives it a fine and rather sweet aroma. Lavender Maillette is a clone; that means all plants have the same genetic make-up, not expensive
Skin Types: All, sensitive, normal, oily, acneic, dry, irritated, puffy, bruised, wrinkles
Indications: Burns (chemical, thermal, sunburns), dermatitis, rashes, insect bites, jelly fish stings, wound healing, fungal infections, helps prevent ingrown hairs, cuts, summer heat, scars (ie from burns), mild acne, hair loss/ alopecia areata, insomnia, PMS
Properties: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, insect repellant , stress relieving, uplifting
Dilution: 15-20% although it may be used neat on most small areas and many skin conditions
CAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS: None.