Treat Your Skin Well

One of my {not so secret} secrets to great skin has been incorporating essential oils into my routine.

I first got introduced to these little bottles of essential oils when I was battling a particularly depressing bout of acne at a time when I had successfully passed through teenage hood with nothing but the occasional zit. That's a story for another day but the long and short of it is that essential oils have become a key key component in my self care ritual and self nurturing practice.


I'm Not The Only One Raving About Essential Oils...

"I have used lemon oil in my face and really like how it felt. I also used a bit on my scalp and it has a soothing effect on a part that was tense from braiding. I have also used it in the bath and loved the smell it left in the bathroom." - Valerie

"Sandalwood oil smells amaaaaazing...it lulls me to sleep and calms me also. I don't want it to run out so am using it very very sparingly on my face."- Serah


Today and as part of my ongoing preparations for my session at the Beauty Secrets Forum tomorrow, I am sharing my top 5 picks of essential oils.

1| Melaleuca aka Tea Tree

For most, this is the first oil that comes to mind when they think skincare. And for good reason- its antiseptic qualities have set it apart from the rest. Personally, I have had a mostly hate relationship with this oil primarily because of the smell. This changed about one week ago when I decided to use it for a steaming session.

It is an antiviral, anti fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is used to treat all manner of conditions and is one of the few oils that can be applied directly on the skin. It works well on its own as well as in conjunction with other oils such as  lemon and orange.

Some ways to use:


* Mix 8 drops melaleuca with 1 teaspoon of coconut/olive/grapeseed/sweet almond oil and massage into the feet and toes to help treat athlete's foot.
* Apply 1 drop of melaleuca directly on a blister or boil to prevent or minimise infection.
* If you have chapped lips, add 1 or 2 drops to your lip balm.
* Tea tree is an effect treatment for eczema when you massage a mix 5 drops of tea tree oil and 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil.
* You can make an all-natural mouthwash by adding 2 drops tea tree oil to 4 tablespoons of water. {NB: MAKE SURE TO USE ONLY HIGH QUALITY TEA TREE OIL}
* Using a cotton swab, put 1 drop of tea tree on a pimple to help clear any infection.
* To help relieve itching and inflammation, soothe your skin and promote healing, mix 6-8 drops melaleuca with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil and add to a warm bath.
* For sunburn, mix 6 drops tea tree with 1 Tablespoon of cooled aloe vera gel and gently massage the affected area. You could also add 4 drops to a cold compress and place it across the sun burn.
* Apply 2 drops of tea tree oil 2 to 3 times a day to help treat warts.

This is a handy oil to ALWAYS have on hand:)



2| Juniper berry

This is one of the best oils for skincare. It smells like a wild bush but works like a charm. I use it in my face oil and mixed in with my DIY body oil, and if I feel inspired, I add a few drops to my bath water in the morning for that 'wake me up' feeling.  It is a great tonic for skin, relieving symptoms of dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.


3|Cedarwood

This is another woody scent with a quality of longevity  that is effective in balancing oily and dry skin conditions plus helps cleanse the skin of any impurities. It is an antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent and tonic.

Some Ways To Use: 


* Massage a mix of 4 drops Cedarwood and 1 teaspoon coconut oil on your face and neck to help regulate the production of sebum.
* Use as a daily treatment to help manage cellulite by mixing 6 drops oil with 1 Tbspoon coconut oil and massage the affected areas.
* To help tighten and tone pores, massage 4 drops mixed with 1 teaspoon coconut oil on your face...concentrating on the upper cheeks, nose, forehead and chin.

FUN FACT
* Cedarwood is also a great treatment for stress and tension due to its warm action on the body.


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4| Lavender

If there is ever a definition of multi-tasker this is it and it is a good all-rounder oil to have on hand.
Lavender is known as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, calming, antispasmodic, antiviral and relaxing oil. 

Some Ways To Use This Oil:

* Apply 1 stop directly on a blemish or pimple to help destroy bacteria, reduce inflammation and prevent possible scarring.
* It helps clear dry, flaky skin when you mix 12 drops EO with 2 Tablespoons coconut oil onto a clean scalp.
* Use lavender to help manage conditions associated with dry skin including eczema. Mix 4 drops lavender with 1 teaspoon coconut oil everyday and massage into the area of concern. It will help soothe irritation and speed up healing.
* To reduce the appearance of scar tissue, mix 3 drops lavender with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and massage into the affected area.



5| Geranium

I feel that this is the mother of all skincare oils. My friend Ivy has been using this oil and in her words says that 'her skin looks nice.'

It is an round oil that revitalises skin cells, helps control the production of sebum in oily skin, helps keep skin supple and rejuvenates pale, dull skin. Its antibacterial properties helps speed up the skin's healing process.

Geranium oil reminds me closely of rose oil, which is an oil of self love and acceptance. Use a drop or 2 in your bath or steam and allow the resultant feelings of self appreciation wash over you. It is the perfect oil for skin care precisely because it inspires you to take better care of yourself and to love the skin you are in. 

Some Suggested Uses:


- in your facial steam to help beautify skin
- added to your moisturizer to help smoothen the skin
- mix 6 drops with 1 Tbsp of coconut/olive/grapeseed oil and firmly massage into your skin to help manage the appearance of cellulite over time. You can also massage the same mix on the soles of your feet to aid in relaxation.
- repeated use will help scars fade over time. Mix 2 drops with 0.5 Teaspoon of coconut/olive oil and gently massage over the scar twice daily.

 

And the bonus oil:

6| Helichrysum

A new addition to my essential oil collection and one of the most expensive ones {which I got for FREE....send an email to bree@theorgasmiclifestyle.com if you want in on how you too can enjoy such awesome freebies and a sweet deal on your essential oils}


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