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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder that affects the skin and other connective tissue. There is mentioned in the literature localized scleroderma and systemic scleroderma or progressive systemic scleroderma. The first usually involves the skin on the hands and the face and does not usually progress beyond that. The latter may affect large areas of skin as well as connective tissue in major organs of the body. What causes scleroderma is not known, it usually begins in mid-life and affects females more than males.

The symptoms of localized scleroderma are hardening or thickening of the skin that results in a tightness of the skin. This tightness, if in the hands, can lead to stiffness of the fingers and hands. If in the face the tightness may give a mask-like appearance. The color of the skin may change as well to either abnormally light or dark. The symptoms of systemic scleroderma may include skin symptoms but also joint pain, breathing problems, digestive problems, esophagus problems (reflux, swallowing difficulty) or fecal incontinence.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Soothing Blend, Essential Oil Cellular Complex , FrankincenseC, Lemongrass

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: BasilC, Birch, GeraniumC, Lavender, LemonC, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Wild OrangeC

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Suggested protocols:

see also general suggestions for autoimmune disorders.

Consistent use of the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) and 8 drops or 1 capsule of Essential Oil Cellular Complex 2 times per day. 2 -3 drops of Frankincense 2 - 4 times daily under the tongue or internally with a spoonful of honey or in a capsule.

Apply Soothing Blend and Lemongrass topically to the areas affected.

Also the following blends have been suggested:

3 drops each Birch, Soothing Blend and Lavender

4 drops each Myrrh and Sandalwood

Apply topically to the bottoms of the feet, along the spine and the outside of the ears alternating daily between the blends.

Some suggest a candida cleanse for autoimmune diseases. For candida use the GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula protocol (see Detoxification for more details). Others suggest this has not been helpful for their autoimmune disorders. If used consider that some with autoimmune disorders are particularly sensitive and should start this cleanse with 1 GX capsule daily for 2 days, if no skin or digestive reactions increase to 2 capsules for 2 days and then if no reactions to the prescribed 3 per day.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Janice - Does anyone have a protocol for scleroderma? Since it's an autoimmune disorder, I wonder if Protective Blend would be appropriate. I know that drugs given for auto immune diseases suppress the immune system.

Pat - I have just been working with a friend of mine with pretty bad scleroderma. We started her on the LLV and DDR and she is using Lemongrass and Soothing Blend Rub on the affected areas. After 3 1/2 weeks she is pain free on the leg area. We are so excited!!

Charly - I have it in my esophagus.  Do you think that the lemongrass would help that?

Pat - She has it on her lower calves of both legs, mid calf, down to the feet. They look very hurtful. I would suggest that you try taking the Frankincense internally also, 3-4 drops a day under your tongue. Stay consistent with this, as it takes time to get the results.


Inga - I am looking for any info on scleroderma, I met a friend with this condition. Thanks.

Pauline - I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Hill about this specific condition.  My daughter was diagnosed with scleroderma not so long ago. Dr. Hill suggests taking frankincense under the tongue and do the LLV supplements daily. We've also added Protective Blend on the bottom of the feet at bedtime.  She recently had her follow up and found forearms not as tough as her previous assessment by the doctor.  Hope this helps. 


Katie - I have a friend who has been using (...)essential oils for about 5 months and has seen significant results in so many areas, but he does have scleroderma and I would like to help him recover from this.  His mom died from it a few years back and understandably it makes him quite nervous. Any thoughts?  

Pat - I would get him on the LLV pack right way and have him use the oils directly on the area. I would also have him take extra EOmega's as the omegas are something they need with this disease. The oils recommended for Scleroderma are many but here are a couple of blends:

equal drops of Soothing Blend, Lavender

and Birch equal drops of Sandalwood and Myrrh

Other oils that have helped are Geranium, basil, clove, frankincense, lemongrass, orange and peppermint. Place the oils you choose on the bottom of the feet, on the spine and the outer ears. You can partition off your body and work on a different section each day.  I forgot to add Rosemary and Massage Blend. It would also help if he could get the Massage Blend Technique.

Katie - He is on the LLV - that was the first thing I started him on, he has felt incredible over the last 3 months since he started using the LLV, he has commented that it is much less intense than he has ever felt before, but as he began feeling some of the symptoms that used to really knock him out with the scleroderma, even though it's a lessened effect of the disease than he had previously, it still has him worried and wanting to know if there is more he could, or should, be doing.  I will pass this along to him and let you know how it works for him.

Pat - Don't forget to mention taking more of the Eomega's . My information has come from others with scleroderma.

Pat (from a different thread) - I know these oils for scleroderma and wonder if it might also work for Ranaulds?

Blend #1 is:

3 drops Soothing Blend

3 drops Lavender

3 drops Birch

Belnd #2 is:

4 drops Sandalwood

4 drops Myrrh

Alternate between these two blends. I would also suggest they start the LLV. As it will feed the body needed nutrients.


April - I saw a previous information regarding scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. Some oils were suggested but I am not sure exactly what to tell the parents...like how to apply them, etc. ANY information anyone could give would be so helpful. This is a 5 year old little girl who is on steroids now because they cannot get it under control and her skin and organs are actually getting eaten away. Thank you so very much!

Pat- I have a friend who's daughter has Scleroderma and I will be forwarding this information on to her. In my research I found a lady who had been suffering for 6 years and was finally approached about using essential oils. She is using Lavender, Myrrh, Frankincense and Protective Blend, she is also using the supplements consistently. She places the oils on the bottom of her feet, on her spine, her outer ears and her heart area. If a person has this problem on many areas of their body they should section off their body and do a regiment of working on a different area each day. You could also massage with Massage Blend and add Rosemary to the affected areas. This is a suggestion for relief and is not meant as a cure or to take the place of medical professionals.

April - Thank you very much for your reply. So is she actually seeing a lot of improvement on her skin? Does it help relieve the pain? Does she still remain on her steroid medication? How would a 5 year old do with the supplements, and would she take all 3? Again, thank you.

Pat - Yes, she is noticing marked improvement, since she is in her early thirties I would imagine that you would use less of the oils but still a regiment, diluting with a good carrier oil such as coconut, grapeseed or extra virgin olive oil. Also a good supplement.

Michelle - My 79 year old mother also has scheroderma in her heart and lungs.  I have her on the E-Omega.  She takes a lot of supplements because she had Crohn's disease, but it is in remission now.  I didn't know if I should suggest all of the wellness pack as well and add the oils you suggested below.  Would you apply the oils for her in the same way suggested below?  

Pat - You could try to replace her supplements with the wellness pack, as our supplements are well balanced and will give her body what it needs. The oils would be a plus for her and she would feel the difference. My experience has been to do them the way I mentioned previously.

Kathy - I would use massage as much and often as possible with many of the oils already mentioned.  You need to get that blood circulating well. A quality massage will help that.  I would use VCO as a carrier.


Chris - Does anyone have any recommendations for someone suffering from scleroderma?

Michelle - My mother suffers from this. She has it in her heart and lungs.  She is using the wellness pack and is feeling better than she has in quite some time, like years!  We also found the Digestive Blend helps with the occasional nausea some people experience with this condition.  Dr. Hill also suggested using Frankincense every day.  I can't remember the dosage, but I think it was a few drops in a capsule twice daily.  Hope this helps!  

Lil - White fir is what I would start with. Also some Grounding Blend.


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