The other day I shared how ayurvedic and natural oils are beneficial for the hair. After writing that post, I remembered my hair buddy Rece from A Hair Story asking me about using essential oils to treat acne.
Often, I’ll share my hair qualms and experiences but very rarely do I share my knowledge and fetish with essential oils here on the blog. That’s about to change. Today’s let take a deeper look at what God’s blessed us with from nature.
Essential Oils for Skin Care
Essential oils are typically derived from plant based sources. Just as ayurvedic and natural oils can help promote healthy hair, essential oils can help with protecting and nourishing your skin. That’s because essential oils have a number of properties to heal, soothe, nourish, and tone your skin.
Check out some of the more common essential oils used in skin care*:
- Lavender – For general skin care and dry itchiness
- Tea Tree – For spot treating acne
- Grapefruit – For toning the skin
- Patchouli – For helping to heal chapped cracked skin
- Peppermint- For help extracting blackheads. Also, helps invigorate the pores
- Sandalwood – Also for treating acne but can also help with dry skin
- Cedarwood – For nourishing dry, fragile skin
- Orange – Also for dry skin (my daughter used our Organic Shea Butter Balm with orange oil quite effectively to treat eczema)
How to Incorporate Essential Oils Into Your Skin Care Routine
As the title of this post suggests, in order to reap the benefits of essential oils, you need to have a game plan to use them. This can be done one of two ways:
- Use products with essential oils them
- Spot treat troubled skin with essential oils (some oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil)
Because essential oils are so potent, you must take great care in using them. There are few oils that can be used directly on the skin.
If you’d rather not be bothered with spot treating your skin with oils (including the dilution process), check out the facial products or bath and body products offered by Blended Naturals. 95% of them are formulated with essential oils.
If you decide to use the essential oils directly, make sure they are of a therapeutic grade. Just like henna should be body art quality for your hair, essential oils need to be therapeutic grade for your skin.
Young Living offers therapeutic grade essential oils that are pure and potent. As a distributor, I also purchase a number of their oils for spot treating my skin, headaches, sinus pain and muscle massaging. Some of the oils I have include: Lemon, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lavender, Balsam Fir, Valor and more (pictured above).
If you’re interested in trying Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, visit www.youngliving.org and use distributor # 1066504 to purchase them.
*Source: http://www.naturesgift.com/essentialoil-skincare.htm. Visit this site for more detailed information
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