Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Essential Oils & Skin Care

Essential oils can benefit the skin, hair and nails. This post will be dedicated to the skin, how to restore, and maintain it, keeping your skin healthy and youthful. ALWAYS USE THERAPEUTIC GRADE OILS. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Many cheaper oils contain harmful chemicals used to process the oils in a cheaper manner. You do not want to use cheaper oils due to the toxins and the lesser quality essential oils they contain.

A QUICK LIST OF OILS FOR GENERAL USE
  • To rejuvenate and heal, use Rosewood.
  • To prevent and retard wrinkles, Lavender, Spikenard and Myrrh can be helpful.
  • To regenerate skin, try Geranium, Helichrysum, and Spikenard.
  • To restore skin elasticity, use Rosewood, Lavender, or Ylang Ylang with Lavender
HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE RECIPES FOR MANY SKIN ISSUES:

TO COMBAT PREMATURE AGING OF THE SKIN
Mix the following recipe into 1 TBSP. of high grade, unperfumed skin lotion (or use Olive oil, Sesame seed oil or Almond oil). Apply on face, neck and decollete twice daily. AVOID THE EYE AREA!
  • 6 drops of Rosewood
  • 4 drops of Geranium
  • 3 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops of Frankincense
FOR DRY SKIN
Mix together the following oils into 1 cup of unperfumed lotion base (or use V-6, or Avocado oil). Apply as often as needed. AVOID THE EYE AREA!
  • 3 drops Rose oil
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile oil
  • 3 drops Sandalwood oil
FOR CHAPPED SKIN
Mix together the following oils into 1 cup of unperfumed lotion base (or use V-6, or Avocade oil). Apply at least morning and night. Use as often as needed.
  • 3 drops Rosewood oil
  • 3 drops Patchouli oil
  • 3 drops Geranium
TIPS FOR CLEARING UP ACNE
Acne results from an excess accumulation of dirt and sebum (oil produced by the hair follicle) in the follicles and pores of the skin. As the pores and hair follicles become congested, bacteria begins to feed on the sebum. This leads to inflammation and infection and the formation of a pimple or blackhead around the hair follicle.
Essential oils are outstanding for treating acne because of their ability to dissolve sebum, kill bacteria, and preserve the acid mantle of the skin.

Acid mantle has a particular level of acidity characterized by pH from about 4 to 5.5. A pH of 7 is considered neutral, above 7 is alkaline, and below is acidic. The pH of acid in the human stomach, for example, is usually from 1 to 2, which is highly acidic. The skin, on the other hand, is mildly acidic. In addition to helping protect skin from "the elements" (such as wind or pollutants), acid mantle also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. If acid mantle is disrupted or loses its acidity, the skin becomes more prone to damage and infection. The loss of acid mantle is one of the side-effects of washing the skin with soaps or detergents of moderate or high strength.

Topically apply essential oils such as Tea Tree to problem areas. Tea Tree was shown to be equal to benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne by the Medical Journal of Australia. Use 3-5 drops, and either dab onto a clean face with a cotton round, or massage gently into the affected area 1-3 times daily. AVOID THE EYE AREA!!
Other oils that can be helpful for treating Acne are
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Orange
  • Clove
  • Lemongrass
For sensitive skin, dilute 50:50 with a light high quality oil or serum.

FOR CLOGGED PORES
The following essential oils can be used full strength on a cotton round. Use 2-4 drops on affected area and apply daily. AVOID THE EYE AREA!
  • Lemon oil
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Orange oil
  • Geranium oil
FOR GENTLE EXFOLIATION
Make this sugar scrub in a glass jar that has a tight fitting lid. You do not want to get water inside of the jar, as it will dissolve the sugar.
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Olive oil, V-6 Oil or other high quality vegetable oil
  • 2 drops Lemon oil
  • 2 drops Lavender oil
  • 1 drop Geranium oil
  • 1 drop Orange oil
Mix all ingredients in the jar. Use a dry spoon to take out 1 tbsp for facial use. Rub into the face, neck and decollete, in circles lightly. AVOID THE EYE AREA! Leave on for about 5-10 minutes. For use as a body treatment, use 1/4 cup . Stand in the shower and scrub your damp body with the sugar mixture, letting it melt onto your skin. Sugar is a natural glycolic acid, and will dissolve the built up dead cells and sebum on the surface of your skin, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Leave on for 5 minutes, and rinse with warm water. Be careful, the oils can make the tub a little slippery.

MOLES
Apply 1-2 drops of Oregano on the mole, 2-3 times daily.

SKIN FIRMING BLENDS
Mix the following oils in 2 glass jars with tight fitting lids. Add to 1/2 cup of V-6 or Avocado or Carrot oil. Use daily for best results. AVOID THE EYE AREA!
MORNING BLEND

  • 3 drops Tangerine oil
  • 3 drops Cypress oil
EVENING BLEND

  • 8 drops Patchouli oil
  • 5 drops Cypress oil
  • 5 drops Geranium oil
  • 1 drop Sandalwood oil
STRETCH MARKS
Most commonly associated with pregnancy, but can also occur during growth spurts and periods of weight gain, and during adolescence. Dilute the following oils 50:50 with V-6 or Olive oil, and apply on affected areas 2-3 times daily.
  • 3 drops Geranium oil
  • 3 drops Lavender oil
  • 2 drops Myrrh oil
  • 1 drop Frankincense oil
  • 1 drop Spikenard oil
  • 1 drop Elemi oil
WRINKLE REDUCING BLEND
Mix the following in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Use on the affected area 2-3 times daily, AVOIDING THE EYE AREA!
  • 1 cup V-6 oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil or Carrot seed oil.
  • 6 drops Sandalwood oil
  • 5 drops Geranium oil
  • 3 drops Lavender oil
  • 6 drops Frankincense oil
  • 1 drop Rose oil
I HOPE YOU HAVE FUN MAKING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AT HOME!
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