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The skin is composed of three layers known as the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous. These layers regulate body heat, evaporate moisture and resist bacterial and fungal infections. At times, the skin layers become damaged due to environmental factors, such as sun, wind, cold and insect bites, chemical factors, such as chemical and radiation burns, minor injuries, such as cuts and abrasions, and aging. To repair these layers requires the use of pure and natural therapeutic grade essential oils, which soothe irritations, ease pain, relieve itching, and heal cracked or chapped skin.

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Heal wounds, scars, blemishes and dry skin with helichrysum essential oil, which is a sweet and flowery essence that contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. Dab 1 to 2 drops on pimples or acne. Blend 10 to 15 drops of helichrysum with 1/2 cup organic honey, 1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil and 1 cup of milk. Add the mixture to a warm bath to soothe rashes, insect bites and sunburns.

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Calm skin irritations with rose oil. Persian rose essential oil is useful in healing wounds, cuts and ulcers and reducing inflammation. The sweet oil offers cooling and soothing relief to dry or sun damage skin. Mix 6 to 8 drops of rose essential oil with 1 oz. pomegranate oil and gently massage on irritated skin.

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Prevent infection with lavender essential oil, which inhibits bacteria growth. The essential oil heals wounds, cuts and abrasions. Lavender contains antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the fragrant flowers. Place a few drops on a bandage or surgical dressing and cover the injury. Lavender is helpful in relieving the itch and discomfort of rashes, eczema and insect bites. Mix 15 to 20 drops of pure and natural lavender essential oil with 1/2 ounce of almond oil. Gently massage on irritated skin.

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Heal skin infections with the antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial properties of tea tree essential oil. Tea tree oil is highly valued for its tissue regenerative properties. Apply it directly to the skin to help heal boils, skin lesions, scrapes, cuts, rashes, scars, athlete’s foot, nail fungus and ringworm. Blend equal parts of thyme, lavender and tea tree oils to help heal ringworm. Apply the mixture to ringworm patches three times a day, for 10 days. Mix 2 tbsp. of cranberry carrier oil with 30 drops of tea tree oil and apply twice a day until fungus is healed. Almond, grapeseed or pumpkin oils may be a substitute for cranberry.