This is such a popular recipe. I've had people contact me to let me know this blend worked well for them on old scars, and on new scars – for themselves, and for their children.
I have to say this also works well for stretch marks, too!
The recipes below are for a 10% dilution, which works well for old scars. For newer scars, you may only need a 5% dilution. For kids, you can use a 5% dilution. To calculate the dilution from the 10% dilutions I give, simply cut the recipe in half.
Here is the recipe in text, in case the image doesn't show up for you…and keep scrolling to find out more detailed information about this recipe, such as if it is child-safe, pregnancy-safe, etc…
Anti-Scar Blend – for regenerating skin cells
1. Add to a 20ml roller bottle the following:
- 16 drops Helichrysum Helichrusum italicum essential oil
- 16 drops Frankincense Boswellia carteri* essential oil
- 8 drops Geranium Pelargonium roseum X asperum** essential oil
2. Fill to the shoulder with tamanu oil.*** I like this one from Mountain Rose Herbs, and this one from Aura Cacia (via amazon). Be sure you don't over-fill, so you will have room to snap the roller ball in.
3. Apply to the scar up to three times daily for best results.****
*This was the species I used, but other species will work as well.
**Many sources continue to list “Pelargonium graveolens” as the Latin name for Geranium, but that species died out a long time ago. If your bottle lists “Pelargonium graveolens” instead of “Pelargonium roseum X asperum” you can still use it.
***Rosehip seed oil is another excellent base oil. Feel free to use 50/50 tamanu and rosehip seed oil for this recipe.
****It is always a good idea to give yourself a 1-week break after using a product daily for more than 3 weeks. If you decide to apply more often than once a day, I would suggest that you take a break after a week or two to prevent sensitization. It’s really not much of a risk with these essential oils, but I just have to throw that out there.
You can also make this blend in a 10ml roller bottle:
Finally, here is a recipe for a 5ml roller bottle:
Questions you may have about this recipe
Q: I don’t have all the essential oils in this recipe – what can I leave out?
A: The Helichrysum is essential. The Frankincense could be substituted with Myrrh. The Geranium could be substituted with Neroli or Lavender.
Q: Can I use something other than tamanu oil as a carrier in this recipe?
Q: Can I use something other than oil as a carrier in this recipe?
A: You can use another base, such as lotion, shea butter, etc. But tamanu and rosehip seed oils are the best choices for scars, as they have therapeutic properties that really boost this recipe. Read more about carriers here: Choosing Carriers for Essential Oils.
Q: Where can I find the tamanu and rosehip seed oils you use for this recipe?
A: You can find them on Mountain Rose Herbs: Tamanu oil; Rosehip seed oil. You can also find the Aura Cacia brand on Vitacost (where I get my Aura Cacia carrier oils). If you have not shopped with Vitacost before, you can get a $10 coupon for anything on their webiste if you click here: $10 Vitacost coupon – and I get a coupon, too (thank you!).
Q: What kind of scars will this help with?
A: This recipe can benefit both old and new scars, including stretch marks.
Q: Can I make a stronger dilution?
A: I do find 10% is a great dilution which works for most scars. You can certainly double or triple the dilution for the first few applications, but I would not suggest a high dilution for long-term use. For more information about dilutions read: Properly Diluting Essential Oils.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?
A: Yes. Helichrysum and Geranium are safe for pregnancy, and all species of Frankincense except Boswellia papyrifera. For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Pregnancy.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use if I breastfeed?
A: Yes. Helichrysum and Geranium are safe for pregnancy, and all species of Frankincense except Boswellia papyrifera. For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use on children?
A: All of the essential oils are safe for use on children, but I would probably knock the dilution down to 5% (half this recipe, or add twice as much carrier oil) for kids 10 and over, and 2.5% for kids 5 -9, and 1.25% for kids 2-4. These dilutions are higher than usual for kids, but scars are a good reason to break the rules. For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.
Q: Where can I find roller bottles?
Q: What essential oil brands do you recommend for this recipe?
A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion in this BRANDS file, which can be accessed only from Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group members). You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match 🙂
Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website, and its sister website, LearningAboutEOs, is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and the UEOS App. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.
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