There are just 3 ingredients in this blend: evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), tamanu oil (Calophyllum inophyllum) and helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) essential oil. All three are well-researched heavyweights in the skincare arena, and the latter two are prized for their cicatrisant (skin-healing) properties.
I have blended these three oils together in the hope that they will be able to help you soothe any areas of skin which is in dire need of healing–from eczema (as an alternative to your typical steroid creams), inflamed skin, cuts, sores that just don’t seem to heal, acne scars and so on. For scars, the time it takes for results to be visible will vary depending on the severity of the condition, and your skin’s own capability to regenerate. I have used the oil on my children’s scraped knees and elbows, and fresh soft skin began forming overnight, with regular application (3 times a day).
This blend also helped me through my own episode with photodermatitis, which I blogged about. I hope it will be able to help you with your own skin issues too. It can even be a handy addition to your first aid kit at home.
About the ingredients
Evening primrose oil needs little introduction as an anti-inflammatory agent, thanks to high levels of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) present in the oil. It’s been around for years as a health supplement, and in natural home treatment recommendations for soothing eczema as well. You can read this article for a bit of a primer on evening primrose oil, if you like.
Tamanu oil goes by a variety of names. It is extracted from the nuts of the ati tree and has been used by native inhabitants of the South Pacific for generations to treat all kinds of skin ailments, ranging from acne to eczema, abrasions to herpes sores. Not much is heard of this oil in skincare in Malaysia, but I can say for sure that it really helps with the skin’s healing abilities. It has a distinct but fairly pleasant aroma.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) is more famously known as Immortelle, a hardy flowering shrub with small yellow blooms found in Mediterranean. The essential oil is highly sought after for its incredible skin-regenerating effects, to the point that caution must be exercised in cleaning any wounds before applying the oil, or any dirt trapped in the cut will be enclosed by fresh skin after the first neat (undiluted) application of this essential oil on the skin.
Care and usage instructions
For eczema, apply 1-2 drops to the affected areas and gently massage or pat into the skin. It is easily absorbed. With regular usage (3 times a day, after showers) the skin should heal. You may discontinue use when your skin looks back to normal.
For cuts and abrasions, gently wash the injured area with soap and water to get rid of any dirt that may be trapped in the wound. Do NOT apply the serum on open wounds, especially if they haven’t been cleaned – the skin may heal over too quickly and trap dirt and bacteria underneath in the process. When there is a bit of scar tissue forming overÂ the wound, apply 1 drop on the affected area (which has been cleaned), and cover with clean dressing. Change the dressing and reapply the oil whenever the dressing gets wet, or 3 times a day if you can manage it (children love the attention they get when you put a plaster on for them!)
For scars, apply the oil twice a day on the affected area, and discontinue use once you feel that the skin is sufficiently normalised.
Store in a cool, dry, dark place. Use within 1 year of opening.