Anti-Scar essential oils – recipe for regenerating skin cells

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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. This recipe also works for stretch marks, but first please try our Stretch Mark Smudger recipe.

The recipe below is for a 5% dilution, which works well for new scars. For older scars, you can double the essential oils to make a 10% dilution.

Note: this recipe can be useful for age spots on the body. For spots on the face, dilute this recipe to 1%. Hydrogen peroxide is also effective for age spots.

The essential oils chosen contain regenerating therapeutic properties. The Frankincense species I recommend for this recipe will all be effective, although Boswellia frereana has an edge over the others for its anti-scar properties.

I chose Tamanu oil for this recipe for the same reason – it's an excellent choice for scars. This Tamanu oil by Aura Cacia (also linked in the amazon ad below) is the one I prefer. Rosehip oil is another good option.

I like using a roller bottle to apply this recipe. Most scars are going to need many applications, which is why I recommend the 20ml roller bottle size (also linked in the amazon ad below). If you choose to use a 10ml roller bottle, you will need to cut the recipe in half.

I recommend applying three times per day for the first week or so to accelerate the healing of new scars. It is always a good idea to give yourself a 1 week break after using a product daily for more than 3 weeks to prevent sensitization. It’s really not much of a risk with these essential oils, but I just have to throw that out there.

Keep scrolling to find out more detailed information about this recipe, which should answer any questions you may have about this recipe.

Anti-Scar recipe


  • 8 drops Helichrysum essential oil Helichrysum italicum, Helichrysum angustofolium, Helichrysum stoechas
  • 8 drops Frankincense essential oil ideally Boswellia frereana, but Boswellia carterii (Boswellia sacra), and Boswellia serrata will also work
  • 4 drops Geranium essential oil Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium x asperum
  • 20ml Tamanu oil – I use this one.


  1. Add the essential oils to a 20ml roller bottle.
  2. Fill to shoulder with Tamanu oil.
  3. Roll over a new scar up to three times a day for best results.

Double the amount of essential oils (10% dilution) for old scars.

“I have been using the scar blend for about a week, 2-3 times per day and am noticing improvements already!” -S

“I am using the anti-scar blend on my 1 y/o c-section scar and it is already looking and feeling a lot better. It stopped itching and the redness is fading.” -Eloise

“Your scar recipe is amazing!! My six-year old had a deep scratch that wasn’t healing, so I asked my friend (who has all the oils) to make me a roller ball with your exact recipe. A week later, my husband said, “don’t bother her with the roller ball, his scar is gone.” I laughed so hard…it was gone because I’d already been using the roller for three days!!” -Rachel

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: In order for this recipe to be most effective, I don't suggest leaving anything out.

Q: Can I substitute something for the Frankincense?

A: You can replace the Frankincense with Myrrh if you are not pregnant.

Q: I don't like the aroma of Geranium, can I use something else instead?

A: You could replace the Geranium with Neroli or Lavender if you wish.

Q: Can I use something other than Tamanu oil as a carrier in this recipe?

A: Yes, you can replace with Rosehip oil.

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 oils are the best choices for scars, as they have therapeutic properties that complete this recipe. Read more about carriers here: Choosing Carriers for Essential Oils.

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 5% is a good dilution for new scars, and a 10% dilution for old 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 not use above the 5% dilution even for old scars. 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: What 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 here. You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match.

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