Heat Rash and Essential Oils


It has been so sunny here recently (and I LOVE it) but I do feel for those who have been complaining about heat rash/prickly heat. It's hard to enjoy the beautiful weather if you are feeling all itchy and uncomfortable. 

How do you know if you are suffering from heat rash? Typically it's seen in areas where the skin folds, so armpits, backs of knees, groin, neck etc... but it can be anywhere on the body, especially in babies. In fact, babies frequently experience heat rash in the winter as they are bundled up in warm clothes and they don't have great cooling regulation yet. It looks like tiny red bumps on the skin and it's very itchy. 

Essential oils I recommend for combating this itchy skin condition are: 

  • Eucalyptus Globulus
  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile
  • German Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Clove
  • Sandalwood
  • Peppermint
Bathing frequently in cool water (paddling pool anyone?) will help to keep your temperature better regulated, as will avoiding the sun.

You can add a few essential oils to your bathing water (or paddling pool). The oil won't mix with the water (unless you use an emulsifier, such as castile soap) but you don't actually need it to. As it sits on the surface of the water, your skin will come into contact as you enter and exit the water naturally. 

Another option is to take baking powdercornstarch or tapioca flour and shake it in a jar with a few drops of the essential oil. You can now pat this on to the affected area to help keep it dry. 

 You can also take ginger and peppermint oils internally to help with systemic temperature regulation. I recommend mixing one to two drops with a teaspoon of honey. You can either eat this as it is (delicious) or stir it into some warm water and then add ice to make a cool drink. The honey is required to emulsify the oils in the water, and heat is needed to melt the honey, but you want to keep everything as cool as possible because essential oils are extremely volatile and will evaporate away easily. 

Try to stay away from heavy oil based moisturisers and creams, which can exacerbate your systems. Instead, you can use coconut oil with some essential oils blended in to moisturise as it is non-comodegenic (this means it won't block your pores and make it difficult for your skin to regulate heat). 

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