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Palmarosa For Stubborn Seborrheic Dermatitis

Author: Rebecca F.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 03-26-2012
Views: 47,481
Word Count: 396
Questions Received: 45
Testimonial ID: 7011-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 5

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I have had a skin condition on my scalp for years. I recently had it tested and the Dr said it was seborrheic dermatitis and not psoriasis or eczema. I had red 'spots' all over my scalp; these spots would flare, get raised and would burn, then when scratched or touched, would flake. It produced embarrassing dandruff and was very painful, especially after washing my hair.

I have tried many different over-the-counter treatments to no avail. Eventually I realized there was toxic substances in all the shampoos and skin care products so I quit using them and went to all natural, organic products. I also fasted and cleansed my body with a drink that had cayenne pepper, real maple syrup and fresh Lemon juice.

When I washed my hair I would use my Young Living oils. The Joy oil blend seemed to help the best. I also tried Peppermint, Lemongrass, the Purification and Thieves oil blends. However, nothing took away my symptoms.

One day I read that Palmarosa is used to regulate sebum production in skin.. so I ordered it and tried it. I added a couple drops to my shampoo, scrubbed, let sit for few minutes, then rinsed off, followed by V-6 or grapeseed oil with a few drops of Palmarosa and Peppermint. This I would massage into my scalp, paying special attention to the hairline where my 'breakouts' were worst.

I did this at least once per day for the first week then 4-7 times the following week. Then I noticed that my symptoms were gone! No red welts all over my head, no pink patches of where the flare-ups occur, no dandruff, no itching, no burning. I even checked with my hair stylist at my last appointment and she confirmed that there were no areas of concern anywhere on my head that she could see. What a blessing!

I've struggled with this problem for years and nothing seemed to help until I tried Palmarosa. It's been about 4-5 weeks now and I maintain my good scalp condition by using Palmarosa and sometimes Peppermint and/or Joy at least once per week, sometimes twice.

It feels weird to be symptom free and not have so much pain on my scalp! I love working with Young Living oils - it's like Christmas when I get to try a new oil! Thank God for these wonderful oils!

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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: atopic, flaking, hydrocortisone, hydrocortizone, itch, itchy, rashes, scaly, sebopsoriasis, seborrhea.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: seborrheic-dermatitis — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
2.Associated topics: seborrheic-dermatitis — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
3.Associated topics: seborrheic-dermatitis,itching-(Pruritus) — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link
4.Associated topics: seborrheic-dermatitis — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
5.Associated topics: scalp,seborrheic-dermatitis,dandruff-/-flaky — "It is suggested that the in vivo effect of tea tree oil ointment in the therapy of fungal infections of the skin and mucous membranes as well as in the treatment of dandruff, a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, may be at least partly due to an antifungal activity of tea tree oil."Link

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