Female client experienced sporadic skin rashes/hives for the past 24years. She was interested in adding some aromatherapy blends to increase her overall wellness. Her first blend consisted of Roman Chamomile for its anti-inflammatory properties, Peppermint for its antibacterial properties and Tea Tree Australia for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antihistamine, and antimicrobial properties. The client had a positive outcome with the oil blend and her rash disappeared within two weeks.
Subject (C.L.) is a 37 year old Caucasian female who suffered from sporadic skin rashes/hives. Current locations are left antecubital area and right hip. The hip rash is warm, welted, and itches. The elbow rash is spotty and difficult to see. The hip rash has one solid welt 3 inches in diameter with several bumps on the outer edge of the main welt.
C.L. First experienced similar skin rashes at the age of 13 and stated reaction was due to the ingestion of Prosac medication. For the past 5 years, C.L. symptoms reoccur sporadically. Current condition occurred two months ago.
C.L. uses three different topical treatments, not together, at various times – Hydrocortisone cream, Aveeno anti-itch cream, and peppermint Mentha piperita essential oil. The client noticed that the Hydrocortisone cream and Aveeno anti-itch cream both stopped the itching sensation and decreased the heat from the rash without changing the rashes size or appearance. The peppermint oil which was used 1 drop NEAT onto both areas stopped the itching, decreased the heat and lessoned the rashes appearance but reappeared the following day. The peppermint oil by itself was too potent on her skin; therefore, she wanted to try an essential oil blend.
Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile essential oil is distilled from the chamomile flower. “Chamomile is grown for oil extraction in Europe, Britain, Italy, France and the United States.” (American College of Healthcare Sciences, 2011) It contains chamazulene and is historically known for its anti-inflammatory properties. (Srivastava, Shanka, & Gupta, 2010)
Peppermint Mentha piperita essential oil is distilled from the plant’s leaves, flowers, and stem. Peppermint oil is produced in Easter Europe, Bulgaria, Italy, Morocco, and the United States is the largest producer. (American College of Healthcare Sciences, 2011) The oil may act as an antibacterial and has a cooling action. (Natural Standard, 2011)
Tea Tree Australia Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil is distilled from the plant’s leaves and is primarily produced in New South Wales, Australia. This oil has documentation for its anti-inflammatory (Caldefie-Chezet, et al., 2004), antifungal (1998 William J. Stickel Bronze Award. Antifungal activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea-tree) oil against various pathogenic organisms, 1998), antihistamine, and antimicrobial.
The client was given a roll-on applicator with the following essential oil blend: Chamomile (Roman) Chamaemelum nobile, Peppermint Mentha piperita, Tea Tree Australia Melaleuca alternifolia. Extra Virgin Olive oil was used as the base oil. The client appears to have no contraindications for this blend. C.L. applied the oil blend directly onto the rash three times daily or whenever the rash itched. Client was told to contact medical assistance if the rash did not disappear within a month.
On the first day, C.L. felt the blends scent relaxed her mind and didn’t want to scratch the rash as much. The second and third day, the welted appearance and inflammation appeared to lesson in size. C.L. stated that within 2 weeks the rash was completely gone and has not reoccurred since its outbreak three months ago.
The overall effectiveness of the essential oil blend was positive. The client wanted a holistic essential oil blend that complimented her lifestyle choices and helped relieve her skin irritation.
1998 William J. Stickel Bronze Award. Antifungal activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea-tree) oil against various pathogenic organisms. (1998). Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 88: 489-92.
American College of Healthcare Sciences. (2011). Aroma 101 Introduction to Aromatherapy. Portland: American College of Healthcare Sciences.
Caldefie-Chezet, F., Guerry, M., Chalchat, J., Fusillier, C., Vasson, M., & Guillot, J. (2004, August 38). Anti-inflammatory effects of Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil on human polymorphonuclear neutrophils and monocytes. Free Radical Research, 38(8), 805-11.
Natural Standard. (2011, December 24). Foods, Herbs & Supplements: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita). Retrieved from A Natural Standard Web site: http://naturalstandard.com/databases/herbssupplements/peppermint.asp
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