Natural Tattoo Healing With Essential Oils


From the first tattoo I ever got (which I was petrified to get), I’ve fallen in love. It hurts. Let’s be honest about that and anyone who says they don’t is lying to themselves or to you. They’re addicting so of course I now have three. For some reason I’ve never found an image I like enough so I’ve always stuck with words. Basically I’m going to be covered in words when I’m old and I’m perfectly okay with that.

I’ve been wanting my recent one for years (7 to be specific) and when I started looking into them again, I knew I wanted to heal it naturally and make sure it was vegan.

Did you know tattoo ink could not be vegan? 🤢

“According to Peta, non-vegan tattoo inks can contain anything from bone char, used to increase pigment, glycerin from animal fat, gelatin from hooves, or insect parts. And for the most part, unless explicitly stated, it should be assumed that tattoo ink is not vegan.” - Independent

Yikes! So I searched and found a place in Asheville, NC that has vegan ink plus they participate in an NGO that helps breast cancer survivors get tattoos to cover up their scars. It’s called Thistle and Pearl Tattoo and I highly recommend if you’re in that area.

Now onto the healing!

My tattoo was relatively small so this is what I did.

  • Within 2 hours washed it with doTERRA’s OnGuard foaming hand soap

  • Applied a thin layer with a Q-Tip of Correct-X and let air dry

  • That night rolled my lavender rollerball on it (can make with grape-seed oil too)

  • Every morning put a thin layer of Correct-X on it

  • Every night roller lavender roller ball on it

Other options: could use tea tree, lavender, frankincense, Yarrow-Pom, or magnolia. Juniper berry and helichrysum (stops bleeding) are also extremely beneficial. Want to avoid citrus oils and hot oils and aim for soothing ones. Can create your own roller balls with different carrier oils just ensure it’s moisturizing.

*note that Frankincense can cause leaching of color so if your tattoo is color you may want to opt out.

Within a week my tattoo was fully healed, was barely ever itchy, and had no real peeling or complications. I’ll be using this method every time from here on out! Adjust amounts based on size and sensitivity of tattoo area.

Have you healed a tattoo naturally before? Share your best tips with us in the comments!



DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT recommend this with any other brand because of potential synthetic fillers could cause irritation to your skin and cause damage to the healing process or potentially create scars