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Essential Oil Therapeutic Properties: Cicatrisant [Skin Healing]

Cicatrisant essential oils are some of my very favorites because they tend to be quite versatile. Cicatrisant means skin-healing, wound healing or cell regenerative. When an oil contains cicatrisant properties, we know that it will usually be gentle on the skin [when properly diluted] and useful in topical preparations. It will work on a cellular level to help repair damage to the skin and stimulate healthy new skin cell growth. Are you ready to take a deeper look at which oils are cicatrisant and how best to use them?


On a physical level, cicatrisant oils are especially helpful when used for skin issues or surface wounds. Can you think of an example that would fall into this category? Cuts, scrapes, bruises, minor wounds, scars, rashes, acne and the like would all be issues that we could turn to a cicatrisant oil for. Many of the cicatrisant oils are also analgesic [pain relieving] and antimicrobial or antibacterial, further adding to their therapeutic effect. I like to pair my cicatrisant essential oils with carrier oils that I've infused with skin healing herbs to create a stronger, more effective healing synergy and a layer of depth that I don't achieve from a plain EO + Jojoba type blend. Calendula infused oil is one of my absolute favorite carriers for skin healing blends. I like to use it to make a Calendula salve that is a great all-purpose remedy for any kind of skin issue. I even use it as a hand lotion - it's wonderful when applied just after washing your hands. It soaks right in and leaves your hands super soft without leaving any greasiness. It also smells lovely, which is always a bonus. St. John's Wort infused oil would also be an effective carrier in blends for skin-related issues.

If you're up for a little extra study, take a look at this study that was done on the skin healing effect of Opoponax [related to Myrrh]: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26283230


In what ways do you think cicatrisant oils would benefit energetic or emotional issues? Think of situations in which emotional healing is needed, where there has been an emotional wound or scar. Grief and loss, hurt and betrayal, guilt, anger and jealousy could all be included in this arena. Some emotional wounds take much longer to heal than others - for example, the loss of a loved one would be a slower healing emotional wound than being hurt by an unkind word spoken by a stranger. Both situations, though, could be benefited by using oils with cicatrisant properties. One of the classic examples of a cicatrisant oil that is used in blends for emotional wounds is the employment of Rose essential oil in formulas made to support those who are going through a grieving process. A comforting, supportive oil, Rose opens up the heart to allow love and healing in while bolstering up the person who is hurting. I think of Rose as a bit of an emotional hug when life's wounds are hurting the heart. It's incredibly effective in that way. Obviously it does not magically remove the pain of losing a loved one, but it can be a gentle, helpful, supportive oil to use in such cases. Can you think of another instance in which a cicatrisant oil could be helpful for supporting emotional issues? Personally, I tend to use Sweet Marjoram, Neroli and Cypress often when addressing emotional wounds. They work especially well together for this purpose.

Here is a pin-able reference list of some of the more common oils with cicatrisant properties:

If you'd like a printable reference sheet you can keep in your aromatherapy notebook, click here. I've created a lovely one just for you!


Leave a comment below with the following:

  • either a physical or emotional issue that could fall into a category that would be benefited by using a cicatrisant oil
  • the cicatrisant essential oil you would use to bring relief and/or support
  • what kind of blend you would make to address the issue

Much love,

The information in this study was compiled for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any illness or symptom. All photos and graphics are copyright Erin Stewart. Information provided was gathered from personal experience and from 50+ books from my personal aromatic/herbal library. May not be distributed, copied, or published without express prior written permission from me.