Integumentary System — Skin, Hair, Nails & Membranes

integumentary system consists of the skin, hair, nails, and membranes

The integumentary system consists of the skin, hair, and nails. On the broadest scale, this system supports immune function and regulates homeostasis, as it constitutes the body’s first line of defense against things that would disrupt its delicate balance and registers external stimuli through sensor receptors that communicate touch, pain, and pressure.

With a surface area averaging 18 square feet, the skin is the largest organ of the body. It has two layers: the inner layer is called the dermis. The epidermis, or outer layer, consists of several strata that produce keratin, which gives strength and elasticity to the skin, melanin, which gives it its color; Merkel’s cells, which facilitate touch reception; and Langerhans’s cells which produce antigens to support the immune system. And as a living organ, deep-level cells continually divide and push older cells to the surface to be worn off — millions every day! — leaving behind a new epidermis every five to seven weeks.

The skin protects the internal organs, guards against infection, regulates temperature change and hydration levels through perspiration, and stores water, fat, and glucose. It excretes waste, generates vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet light, and secretes melanin to protect against sunburn. It also has the capacity to form new cells to repair minor cuts and abrasions.

Since skin, hair, and nail health are an outward reflection of overall wellness inside the body, it is important to focus on detoxing, cleansing, and supplementing  vital nutrition to the cells and internal organs in addition to essential oil applications that can easily target the area of concern.

How can Essential Oils Support the Integumentary System?

Natural solutions are very effective and can be used as a first line of support for integumentary health. Keep in mind that natural solutions can be used safely together with professional health advice. Many essential oils that are beneficial for integumentary support are diverse in the number of health topics they can impact. Some oils are more obvious choices such as lavender and geranium, with their marvelous soothing properties. Other oils target more of the underlying systems. For example, birch oil is great used in ointments, creams, and compresses, especially for distressed skin. There are a diverse number of oils and solutions that can be realized.

Essential Oils for Integumentary System (Skin, Hair, Nails) Support

Single Oils

Basil — Acts as a cooling agent for the skin.

Bergamot — enjoying its purifying skin benefits.

Birch — Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Cardamom — Delivers a cooling sensation on skin.

Cedarwood — immediately improves the appearance of skin blemishes.

Clary Sage — Add three to four drops to shampoo or conditioner to promote healthy-looking hair and scalp.

Coriander — Add to oily skin to maintain a clear complexion.

Cypress — helps improve the appearance of oily skin.

Douglas Fir — Cleansing and purifying to the skin.

Eucalyptus — Has purifying properties that can be beneficial & revitalizing for the skin

Fennel — Apply to skin for a calming, soothing effect.

Frankincense — reduce the appearance of blemishes and to rejuvenate the skin; maintain healthy looking fingernails.

Lavender — Soothes occasional skin irritations; Reduces appearance of skin imperfections.

Lemongrass — tone and purify skin. Combine with Melaleuca and apply to toenails for clean, healthy nails.

Geranium — regenerates tissue and tones the skin; beneficial for hair

Helichrysum — reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to promote a glowing, youthful complexion.

Jasmine — Nourishes and protects the skin and scalp

Juniper Berry — Reduces the appearance of skin blemishes; natural skin toner

Melaleuca — Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin and nails.

Melissa — rejuvenates skin

Myrrh — Powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat; Soothing to the skin; promotes a smooth, youthful-looking complexion.

Peppermint — Add to shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating hair massage; Cooling to the skin.

Roman Chamomile — promote youthful looking skin and hair.

Rose — Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections; Promotes an even skin tone and healthy complexion.

Rosemary — Apply to scalp and massage for an abundant looking head of hair.

Sandalwood — Promotes healthy-looking, smooth skin; Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. Apply to wet hair to help restore moisture and give hair a silky shine.

Thyme — Provides cleansing and purifying effects for the skin.

Wintergreen — Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Ylang Ylang — During the damaging heat of the summer, massage Ylang Ylang into your scalp to increase the appearance of healthy, shiny hair.


Clarycalm Women’s Monthly Blend — apply to the skin for a cooling, soothing effect.

HD Clear Topical Blend — Helps keep skin clean, clear, and hydrated.

Immortelle Anti-aging Blend — Helps reduce contributing factors to the appearance of aging skin.

Purify Cleansing Blend — Apply to soothe skin irritations.

Zendocrine Detoxification Blend — Supports healthy liver, lung, kidney, colon, and skin function.*


Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex™ — Provides optimal levels of vitamins and minerals essential for developing and maintaining healthy bone mass and density.*

Alpha CRS® + cellular Vitality Complex — Supports healthy cellular immune function.*

doTERRA A2Z Chewables™ — Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness.*

PB Assist® + Probiotic Defense Formula — Support healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems.*

Zendocrine Detoxification Complex — Helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down.*

xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex — Promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function.*

IQ Mega® — Promotes healthy skin.*

TerraZyme® Digestive Enzymes — Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes.*

GX Assist® GI Cleansing Softgels — Making a healthy lifestyle change, GX Assist can be your first step in an essential oil digestive maintenance program.*

Microplex MVp™ Whole Food Nutrient — Supports healthy immune function.*

 Usage Tips

For best support of hair, skin, and nails:

Topical — Apply oils directly to hair, scalp, nails, and skin. Use a carrier oil to dilute and reduce sensitivity to skin when necessary, especially with infants, elderly, and sensitive skin.

Internal — Consume specified oils by either capsule or under tongue. Gut health is a major component of integumentary health. (See Digestive System)


Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.