Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Sandalwoods, German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oils in a base of organic virgin olive oil (Olea europaena) and organic golden Jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis)
~ Ready to use 10% dilution ~
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP) or
Polymorphic Eruption of Pregnancy (PEP)
A chronic hives-like rash that affects some women during pregnancy. While there is no known long-term risk, it presents itself with a persistent, annoying itch. There is some speculation that the DNA of the child interacts with the mother’s body causing this irritation. Since PUPPP presents like hives, the same oils that address the itchy rash of hives also typically bring relief with PUPPP. Many of these oils have brought relief for itchy skin rashes in general such as: diaper rash, eczema, erysipelas (St. Anthony’s Fire), hives (urticaria) and psoriasis.
Essential oils Traditionally Used for Itchy Rashes
German Chamomile - cooling, anti-inflammatory
Roman Chamomile - cooling, anti-inflammatory, regenerative
Lavender - cooling, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine
Myrrh - anti-inflammatory, healing for the skin (contraindicated during pregnancy)
Patchouli - relieves itching, anti-inflammatory
Peppermint - cooling, anti-inflammatory (not suitable for abdomen during pregnancy)
Sandalwood - cooling, healing for the skin
Yarrow - anti-inflammatory, healing for the skin
St. John’s Wort
Stephanie Fritiz, LM, CPM suggests these oils for itchy skin during pregnancy:
Dandelion Root as a supplement may help.
1. I used HEO’s PUPPP Rash blend and loved it. It helped alleviate some of my pain, itching and suffering. - Holly
2. I used EMU oil on my PUPPP rash, and it really helped me!
3. This list helped me so much the other night when my PUPPP rash was driving me crazy (while the rest of my family slept peacefully). This is so miserable! I had several of the essential oils on hand that you graciously listed here and added drops of them into a mixture of mostly Emu oil with Tamanu. I applied this all over my itchy skin, prayed while it soaked in and then went to bed and fell asleep. I slept very well. I applied this as often as needed during the next day, and by that next evening, the itching was much less intense, but I still applied after my evening shower and slept well again. I think I can live with this! I didn’t measure anything, but the oils I use are: Lavender, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile and a little Patchouli.
4. I purchased the PUPPPS spray less than a week before I delivered. By the time I received it, I used it for about three days. It was great when I used it. It made me less itchy, which was great, and it was cooling, which also felt good on my hot skin. My sister also had PUPPPS really bad with her first pregnancy, so I passed the spray off to her since she is pregnant again. Thank you for making this great product - Meredith
5. My rash comes and goes, and the PUPPPS rash spray helps with the itching a lot! - Ariel
6. The PUPPP Rash blend helped the itch, but it did not eliminate the rash. I had my baby 3 months ago, and I still have a rash on my arms, legs, lower back and stomach, so I don't think what I had is PUPPPS. I believe the rash is caused by my gut, and that is what I need to work on. I have really enjoyed your oils over the past few years. Thanks for all you do! God bless! - Kimberly [HEO's comment: In the majority of cases, PUPPP resolves spontaneously within a week of deliver; rarely do women experience sypmtoms into the postpartum period.]
7. I had this dreaded rash when expecting our first (before I knew about essential oils), and I found that using Aloe Vera greatly relieved the itching and helped me get through it. - Maggie
8. I developed severe PUPPPs rash during my pregnancy. It was all over my limbs, feet (even on the soles of it), hands, and tummy. My doctor said there was nothing I could do, that it was going to get worse and it would only go away AFTER I gave birth. She recommended cortisone cream and even suggested giving me steroids. I heard about Hopewell through a friend so I ordered the PUPPPs rash oil thinking I had nothing to lose in trying it. As soon as I applied it I found relief from itching, and within a few days the red, puss-filled bumps were starting to "dry" out. Now I hardly need to use the spray, I no longer need to wear long sleeves to cover my arms and don't find myself waking every hour to itch. When I do use it, I use it at night because I find that the next morning my skin looks/ feels better. I still have some red bumps (looks like mosquito bites) on my legs, but it is not noticeable enough to cause me to feel self-consciousness. I no longer itch!! Prayer and this oil works! Will recommend this product to anyone! - Denise
9. This blend was a HUGE help to me. - Jessica
10. I used the PUPPPS Rash spray and washed with Pine Tar Soap (purchased at a health food store)! It was incredible! The rash and itching went away immediately! - Jodi
Fritz, Stephanie, LM, CPM, Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies, Gently Born Publications, page 71.
Avoid contact with the eye. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your doctor if necessary.