Essential Oils for Itchy Skin that Rock!

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Have you heard the age old saying? “Don’t scratch you will make it infected.” I am sure we have all heard that from a parent, loved one or a stranger (they would have to be pretty bold) at one time or another. What is our typical response? We will just scratch all the harder in front of them because we are defiant. No one is going to to tell us to stop itching  this is our body! This is our itch! But we can itch a cut, bruise, burn or bug bite until it bleeds. Worse yet we can scratch until we leave a permanent scar on the spot. Instead of “X” marks the spot the scar will mark the spot. The natural instinct is to itch when something itches. But this is not the best answer to the problem. What about finding a solution to stop the itching all together? If this is your vision in life you have come to the right place.

You will find out the best essential oils to apply to your body to stop that ever annoying itch dead in its tracks. Remember, you must choose an essential oil that will react well with your skin type. Here we go!

Let us start off by saying that itchy skin is caused by dry skin, skin that is regenerating, bug bites ,burns, and allergic reactions. You can throw in there nervousness, pregnancy, chicken pox, and skin rashes. This leads to the logical conclusion that using powerful essential oils with potent anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties is the answer. And essential oils can be used with all kinds of home remedies and many have anti-itch properties. They can be used for itchy feet, skin, fingers and many other applications. Here are some essential oils to try out for those itchy blues. The ones listed directly below are the best to use for itchy conditions according to recent studies.   

Blue Tansy Essential Oil (A Real Southern Charmer)

Blue Tansy Essential Oil (A Real Southern Charmer)

This one had a real southern name to it. This particular essential oil has some impressive antifungal properties. It also contains a key compound called myrcene that is a proven killer of skin fungi. This could be a good essential oil for the dreaded itchy skin.

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum Essential Oil

This essential oil not space bound but resides here on earth even though the name sounds alien. Helichrysum essential oil is historically recognized as one of the best essential oils for any type of itchy skin. Its properties include antibacterial, antioxidant and natural wound healing capabilities. This essential oil is known to stop the bacteria known as Staphylococcus which is responsible for excess ma flare-ups. It is regarded by health experts as an expert anti-itch oil for short-term discomfort and chronic itchy conditions.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)

There is no big surprise here as lavender essential oils seems to appear  under every health benefit mentioned on the internet. The therapeutic properties of this essential oil can more than meet the demands of itchy skin. With well-known anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties it will overpower your itchy skin condition. It will strengthen tender skin and soothe inflamed, red, and severely itchy skin. If applied topically it can calm dry skin and induce healing quickly.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is famous for its cooling properties it can help with itchy skin as well. Generalized pruritus, which is an itchy condition that is very troublesome, is linked to a variety of skin disorders and conditions. In a 2012 study, scientists tested 96 patients with generalized pruritus and it was diluted with a carrier oil. There were two control groups one    ,the placebo group, using just carrier oil the other using peppermint essential oil. The group using the peppermint essential oil had considerable reduction in the severity of their itchy skin conditions when compared to the placebo group. The researchers concluded that peppermint essential oil has powerful anti-itch properties. Both oils were applied topically to the subjects.      

Rosemary Essential Oil


If you have a flaky, itchy scalp it could be a sign of dandruff. The soothing properties of rosemary essential oil make it a great relief for itchy scalps and a good ingredient to add to any home remedy. Studies have shown that this oil has significant antimicrobial activity and when used with shampoo and applied to the hair or sa;p can it could soothe itch,  dryness and stop the flaky feeling you have felt in the hair. It can care for soreness and redness.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Oil

This powerful essential oil has many benefits including its natural antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties to help prove reduce dandruff. In a 2013 study, it was shown that tea tree essential oil can stop the growth of Staphylococcus aureus which as was mentioned earlier to be the cause eczema. If eczema is the cause for your hurting skin then tea tree essential oil is for you. It will relieve the painful itchy skin.

Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)

Like a lot of other essential oil Thyme has antimicrobial properties that bring relief from pain and eczema. Like usual this makes it a superb anti-itch oil. A 2012 study conclude that thyme essential oil used as an ingredient in antifungal cream on patients with itchy skin. The patients who used this anti-itch cream were healed at a rate of 66% over the placebo group.

We all  know that an itchy scalp is an embarrassing problem in public What did you think the last time you saw someone itching their scalp? What were you thinking. Tea tree and rosemary essential oil are both really good for combatting itchy scalp. They both have powerful anti-itch properties. Here is how to stop an itchy scalp while creating a calming and soothing effect on the scalp:

  • 5 drops of of rosemary essential oil with 2 tablespoons of jojoba.
  • Mix into the scalp and let the scalp and let the mixture sit for five minutes in the scalp.
  • Follow this treatment with a gentle hair shampoo and conditioner.
  • You will see some good results from this combination

Itchy Ears Anyone

Itchy Ears Anyone

If you have itchy ears like an itch scalp try some rosemary essential oil. Simply, apply some rosemary essential oil to the outer corners and tops of the ears. Let the oil absorb into the ears for 5 minutes. Gently wash off in an outer motion away from the inner ear. You never want to get any essential oil in the innd ear.

Oh No Jock Itch

Jock Itch

Jock itch is one of the most irritating itches the human body can contract. But there are essential oils that can come to the rescue for this as well. This is an itch that causes a ring-like rash around the genitals or on the inner thighs. Both very bad places to have a rash that itches. It is temporary and can be treated at home. You will want to mix 6 drops of tea tree essential oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil such as jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Next, add the mix to warm running bath water not sizzling burn your skin to the touch running bath water.

An alternative method to cure jock itch is to replace the mixture with 4 drops of tea tree essential oil with 2 tablespoons of carrier oil (the same ones as mentioned above) then apply it to the affected skin with cotton ball. Allow the salve to absorb into the affected area before you blot off any excess salve.

More Essential Oils for the Itch

Essential Oils for Boils

Charming Chamomile Essential Oil

German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutica) Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)

This pleasant floral essential oil is wonderful for itching skin because it is so soothing. If you have dry and irritated skin it will quickly calm down once you apply this soothing essential oil to it. This oil is also beneficial for dry, itchy scalp.

Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa Essential Oil

This essential oil is steam distilled straight from palmarosa grass and can effectively take care of many skincare issues. It is widely used in skincare products which says a lot about how well it will work on your skin issues. It soothes irritated and itching skin and another plus is that it doubles as an anti-aging agent. It will keep the skin looking eternally young and it will reduce inflammation.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood (Santalum Album)

If you feel at home in the outdoors this essential oil is perfect for you. It has a woodsy smell and is an inviting warm oil to apply to affected skin. It works on all skin types and can help to address many skin issues. We have mentioned some causes for itchy skin and plain old razor burned skin needs to be talked about to. If your legs or face have become sorely, irritated from shaving then slap on some of this essential oil. It will clear those little red bumps in a flash and it will soothe inflammation.

Lemon Essential Oil    

Lemon Essential Oil  

If you are in pain from allergies or an itchy scalp this oil is for you. This sunny citrus oil can soothe inflammation and reduce allergic reactions blitzing the skin. This oil contains potent anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic properties that can kill any itch-inducing bacteria on the skin. Lemon essential oil is a powerhouse on its own but if you want a real dynamite combination then add to lemon essential oil to peppermint and lavender essential oils for a real kick.

Geranium Essential Oil


Geranium essential oil is effective for treating bug bites and is touted as a natural bug repellent. You get an added extra bonus it has a floral scent. Mix it with some baking soda and you have an instant cure for bug bites. This essential oil can also calm irritated skin while its powerful regenerating properties will stimulate the growth of new skin cells. It can speed up the healing process for wounds and skin irritations.

Juniper Essential Oil   

Juniper Essential Oil   

You cannot beat juniper essential oil when it comes to treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. This oil can expedite the removal of those dry, itchy patches of skin.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli essential oil is an earthy essential oil. It will stop that itching skin dead in its tracks guaranteed. It can stop insect invasions such as scabies, lice, fleas, and mosquitos and many more pesky critters. This antiseptic essential oil is also a fungicide which means it will kill fungus. Specifically it will kill fungus that causes athlete’s foot and jock itch. Two big scores for patchouli essential oil. It can also kill eczema among other benefits it has to offer.

Myrrh Essential Oil  

Myrrh Essential Oil  

This ancient of ancient essential oils can fight itchy skin as well as any essential oil out there. It can also help with conditions that lead to dry, itchy skin. It can treat itchy skin and it can treat the skin before it becomes itchy. A real powerhouse essential oil if there vere was one. If you have a fungal infection or eczema it can help with these to.( These days there are many essential oils on the market that can treat eczema.) This essential oil can also treat hives with is characterized by itchy,raised, red bumps. Myrrh will melt hives in no time.

Ways to Overcome the Dreaded Itch

Stop Itch dead in its Tracks

There are various ways to treat itchy skin. The key is to continually bath in fairly cool water to keep the skin cool and hydrated. This is especially true if you live in a hot, humid area of the world. It will greatly reduce red and irritated skin. Along the lines of living in a hot, humid area if you can avoid the sun you will do your skin a favor.

Soak in Essential Oils

Soak in Essential Oils

One big favor you can do for yourself is to soak in essential oils especially the ones we have talked about above. Obviously you would do this by soaking in an essential oil bath. Go ahead and add 5 or 6 drops of your favorite essential oil to the bath and soak hardy every single day for roughly 20 minutes. You can use a combination of essential oils we have been discussing in this article. But if you only possess one now need to worry. You will just do fine with one oil.  

The Topical Way

Topical Application

Be aware that it is a good practice to dilute any essential oil with a carrier oil before you apply it topically. Typically essential oils like lavender are milder and can be applied purely but it is always  wise to be cautious and dilute it with a carrier oil. This way you can avoid an adverse reaction which could complicate any skin issues you already have. For some reason if you are using an essential oil for the first time try it on a patch area of the skin. You will be able to see if you have an allergic reaction or not. If your skin shines then you can apply the full dose.

Cold Compress for that Annoying Itch

Essential Oil Compress

A very refreshing treatment to use is to soak a cold compress in essential oil in a cold compress. His will soothe itching, inflammation and red and sore skin. There is a very simple way to make a cold compress. Add a pint or more of freezing cold water to a pitcher and then add 4 or 5 drops of your favorite essential oil or oils to the water. Place your towel into the surface of the water allowing it to soak thoroughly. Take the towel out of the water and apply it to the affected skin area. Before you do this make sure you wring out any excess water. Hold the towel on the affected area for a minimum of 15 minutes to reduce redness, soreness, and swelling. Of course the itching will be reduced as well.

Essential Oils for Young Children with Nasty itchy Skin

Grow Ease Essential Oils to Stop Growing Pains

For very young children suffering from heart or diaper rash you must be careful when applying essential oils to their tender skin. A combination of lavender essential oil and baking soda will be very effective for these cases. For the little ones under two years of age mix 3 drops of lavender essential oil and one tablespoon of pure coconut oil to a quarter cup of baking soda and mix very well. For older children and adults increase the amount of baking soda to the mix.


There are many essential oils on the market today that can help to stop that annoying itch dead in its track. Each essential oil we have shared with you has its own unique properties to treat the various types of itchy skin irritations. We are confident that you will find an essential oil that will work for your particular skin condition. We have listed ways of how to apply these essential oil treatments as well.  Essential oil treatments are becoming more widespread and accepted as viable natural treatments for itchy skin rashes and other irritation skin conditions. So pull up a chair have a nice read and find your cure for itching skin.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.