Who here doesn’t have a scar they wish would disappear? Hardly anyone I know. Growing up we had an old past time where we showed off our scars, scabs, and other grotesque injuries we incurred roughhousing or playing outside. Nearly everyone I know has some interesting story about how they got this scar or that scar and it’s all very entertaining, but one thing is a constant in these conversations (unless you’re very manly indeed) is that they want them gone.
Scars all have a story behind them which is what makes them a great conversation piece. For instance, I have one on my right shin that’s about the size of a nickel. It’s white and shiny and has barely any sensation at all. I got it when I was 8 playing tag with friends. To get away from the person who was it I ran to a nearby eucalyptus tree, grabbed a low hanging branch, swung around it and…THUNK! My leg was suddenly stuck to a rototiller blade.
Fun times, let me tell you.
While this scar isn’t such a huge deal to me the one on my face is. It certainly isn’t huge, discolored, or in any way super noticeable, but it has bothered me for many years because of where it is – right in the middle of my cheek. I use concealer to keep it hidden, but when light touches that area at an angle; you can see I have a boxcar scar.
Over the years I have improved this scar little by little with gentle exfoliation but it still has a ways to go. After a lot of research, I have decided to try a concoction I came up with that has ingredients in it known to help lessen the appearance of minor to moderate scarring, even old scars. I’m going to say right now that this remedy wouldn’t be sensible to slather on large areas of scarring because that would be too pricey and there’s no telling if it would work very well. This is a serum recipe meant for smaller scars that aren’t too serious. On top of that, this isn’t going to be a remedy that gets rid of scars overnight or even in 30 days, most likely you will see results in a few months’ time with daily diligent use.
So here it goes!
Essential Oils for Scars - Scar Healing Serum Recipe
Here’s what you’re going to need:
Note: add the essential oils first!
• A small roll-on bottle
• A small funnel
• Castor oil (this one or this one) until you fill one-third of the bottle
• Tamanu oil (fill the remaining ⅔ of the bottle)
• 5 drops lavender essential oil
• 5 drops helichrysum essential oil
• 5 drops carrot seed essential oil
• 5 drops elemi essential oil
• 5 drops frankincense essential oil
Loving Preparation - Scar Healing Serum Recipe
• Begin by adding each essential oil to the empty roller bottle
• Next, carefully add the tamanu and castor oil using the small funnel
• That’s it! Cap it tightly and use often!
For best results, this serum will need to be applied at LEAST twice a day. I recommend applying 3 times a day if possible. All you have to do is roll it on, rub it in, and go. Pretty simple and pretty effective.
Essential Oils for Scarring - Why They Work
Aside from smelling good enough to eat, essential oils are powerhouses when it comes to supporting overall skin health. They can help maintain clear clean, keep wrinkles at bay, and even balance uneven skin tones. Their potent amounts of nourishing antioxidants and healing properties are perfect for keeping your skin the way you want it.
Here’s why I chose the above essential oils:
French scientist Rene Gattefosse was the first to discover lavender’s ability to promote healthy tissue growth and regeneration when he severely burned his arm during a lab experiment. Today it is recognized not only for soothing the senses but also the skin.
Lavender essential oil is known to reduce redness and regenerate both new and old scar tissue (source). I chose to add lavender to the mix not only for its amazing healing qualities but also because it covers the signature scent of tamanu oil, which if you didn’t already know, smells like bouillon cubes.
Also known as Immortel and Everlasting it’s no secret that helichrysum essential oil was named for its ability to keep our skin beautiful and healthy. Helichrysum also happens to be incredibly restorative for scars especially when nerve regeneration is needed. (source)
Carrot seed essential oil is amazing at what it does best, rejuvenate and regenerate the skin. Not only does it help smooth the skin, it also helps fade scars and balance skin tone with regular use.
A very protective oil, frankincense is known for its ability to encourage new cell growth while protecting existing skin cells. Frankincense reduces the appearance of fine lines and scars by balancing skin tone and smoothing out the complexion. It is also very nourishing for the skin in general and keeps it hydrated; an important factor when dealing with scars. (source)
A relative of frankincense, elemi is both restorative and regenerative for the skin. It’s one of the best essential oils for promoting healthy collagen due to its ability to stimulate the production of “tensin” a protein important for supporting the skin’s structure. It also increases cell turn-over which is another reason why elemi is amazing for maintaining a firm supple complexion.
Tamanu oil is hands down the best oil for healing and smoothing both new and old scar tissue. Its mild antibacterial properties also make it the perfect oil to use for those with acne-prone skin. Tamanu oil is also great for lightening hyperpigmentation which is often the case with scarring. (source)
Castor oil is unrivaled in its ability to deeply penetrate scar tissue and break it up. Surprisingly, castor oil can somehow distinguish between healthy cells a damaged cells (scar tissue). It will detoxify, strengthen, and stimulate healthy cells and increase circulation while dissolving damaged ones.
Basically, all of the ingredients I used in the scar serum recipe are perfect for fading scars 🙂
Have you tried any great remedies for scars?
You may also enjoy reading:
Tisserand, Maggie. Aromatherapy for Women: A Practical Guide to Essential Oils for Health and Beauty. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co, 1996.
Wilson, Roberta. Aromatherapy: essential oils for vibrant health and beauty. Penguin, 2002.
Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments. New World Library, 2016.
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