Skin – As our largest organ, the skin’s “job” is to act as an eliminator of toxins (through sweat) as well as a protector and filter. Because it is so permeable, it regulates body temperature and also absorbs everything we rub into it – as evidenced by effective stop smoking patches and hormone patches that serve as effective birth control. Rubbing oils on your skin is a great way to incorporate essential oils into your daily routine. (And because it is so absorbent, you should carefully read the ingredients of anything we’re about to rub into it!)
Considering this fact, choose your skin products carefully. Eliminate adding toxins to your body by eliminating preservatives, petroleum, alcohol and other harmful ingredients from your daily skin care routine. Introduce all natural body products to nourish yourself and avoid toxins in your skin care regimen.
What are essential oils? Where do they come from? Essential Oils are the true essence of plant parts which are carefully extracted to create an oil that is made entirely of plant ‘juices’, it’s essence. Each oil is unique in many ways including the part of the plant which it is created from. Since all EO’s are highly concentrated it is necessary to dilute before using them. EO’s are much lighter than your typical cooking oil, most are actually lighter than water, this molecular structure allows them to penetrate the skin very easily. All have antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties to some degree or another.
Essential Oils work with the body, not against it, helping create the balance that we all crave and require to function ideally. When used correctly in Aromatherapy these oils have further benefits of boosting the immune system and balancing moods.
Negative reactions are rare, however notice if your skin reactions and adjust your blend accordingly.
CLARY SAGE E.O. (Salvia Sclarea)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves cramps, headaches, hot flashes, PMS and menopause symptoms, as well as performance stress and anxiety. Stimulates confidence.
Topical Benefits: Reduces acne. Balances congested & oily skin, reduces water retention. Deodorizing.
CLOVE E.O. (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves general exhaustion, muscle pain, sprains, tired limbs. Aphrodisiac. Carminative.
Topical Benefits: Relieves arthritis, muscle fatigue, stiffness, soreness, enhances circulation. Reduces acne and infections.
Warnings: Stimulant. May irritate inflamed skin.
Aromatherapy Benefits: Stimulant, antiseptic, expectorant, calmative. Relieves asthma and general exhaustion. Increases concentration.
Topical Benefits: Insecticide, reduces athlete’s foot, antiviral and antifungal, increases circulation, relieves muscle fatigue.
GERANIUM E.O. (Pelargonium graveolens)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Balancing, calming, anti-depressive, relieves headaches. Excellent for benefiting women’s menstrual cycle, aphrodisiac, hormone balancer, stimulates the psyche.
Topical Benefits: Reduces acne and scarring; anti-inflammatory, aids circulation and wounds. Tightens skin. Balances both oily and dry skin conditions.
GINGER E.O. (Zingiber officinale)
Topical Benefits: Relieves arthritis, muscle fatigue, stiffness, soreness, enhances circulation. Reduces bruising.
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves nervous exhaustion, headaches, sickness. Sharpens the senses and promotes courage. Aphrodisiac.
Warnings: May cause Photosensitivity. Do not use before direct sun exposure.
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves depression, headaches, hot flashes, PMS and menopause symptoms, as well as <strong>performance stress and anxiety. Stimulates confidence.
Topical Benefits: Reduces acne, cellulitis and tones skin. Reduces congested, oily skin and water retention. Also a soothing topical remedy for herpes lesions.
Warnings: May cause photosensitivity. Do not use before direct sun exposure.
HYSSOP E.O. (Hyssopus Officinalis)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves depression and anxiety.
Topical Benefits: Reduces eczema, inflammation. Assists wound healing and reduces scarring.
Warning: DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT OR EPILEPTIC
LAVENDER E.O. (Lavendula angustifolia)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves depression, headaches & migraines, high blood pressure, stress, insomnia, mood swings, nervous tension, and irritability.
Energy: Slightly Cooling/Neutral
Topical Benefits: Antiseptic, aids burns, insect bites, eczema, dermatitis, herpes, yeast infection, reduces acne and dry skin. Relieves sore muscles, stiff joints, muscle sprains.
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves depression and headaches, improves concentration.
Topical Benefits: Reduces acne, cellulitis, and muscle pain. Improves poor circulation and reduces excessive sweating. Good for oily skin.
PALMAROSA E.O. (Cymbopogon martinii)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Reduces general fatigue, calming, anti-depressive. Excellent for benefiting women’s menstrual cycle, aphrodisiac, hormone balancer, stimulates the psyche
Topical Benefits: Reduces acne; antiseptic, stimulates cell regeneration, dry skin, ulcers, cellulitis, pain/burns, aids circulation, wounds & scars. Excellent for mature skin.
PATCHOULI E.O. (Pogostemom Cablim)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves depression and anxiety, as well as nervous exhaustion.
Topical Benefits: Reduces acne, eczema, dermatitis, cracked and chapped skin, fungal infections, athlete’s foot. Tones skin.
PEPPERMINT E.O. (Mentha piperita)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Antidepressant, calming, relieves headaches as well as mental fatigue and nervousness. Stimulant to heart, brain, and pancreas. Revitalizing.
Topical Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, astringent, reduces acne, soothes insect bites and itching.
ROSEMARY E.O. (Rosemarinus officinalis)
Topical Benefits: Reduces acne & cellulite; relieves arthritis, eczema, muscle fatigue, stiffness, soreness, tones the skin and tissues, enhances circulation. Good for hair and may reduce baldness.
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves depression and anxiety, headaches, hangovers, general weakness. Stimulating to the mind, body, adrenals and memory. Good for liver and gall bladder
Warnings: Stimulant. Not for those who are pregnant or epileptic or with untreated high blood pressure.
SWEET ORANGE E.O. (Citrus sinensis)
Aromatherapy Benefits: Relieves depression, stress, and nervous tension. Stimulant.
Topical Benefits: Antiseptic, fungicidal. balances dull and oily skin conditions.
TEA TREE E.O. (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Topical Benefits: Reduces acne, dermatitis, athlete’s foot, insect bites, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, can reduce fever. Good for oily skin.
Aromatherapy Benefits: Anti-depressant, stimulant.