Beauty, essential oils

Proper use of essential oils on Skin

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Essential oils are amazing little gifts from the earth. Their potent and powerful properties work wonders in the human body, relaxing, calming and healing the mind. But just like any good thing they can be misused or improperly handled resulting in skin irritations and other bodily discomforts.

Here are a few precautions that you should take into consideration when using  essential oils.

   Not all oils that claim to be essential oils are %100 pure. Many times the word “fragrance” is used. Fragrances are not the same as essential oils, they may have fillers and imitation oils or they may come from hybrid plants that do not give the same health and healing properties you are looking for. You may  find oils the say they are natural but are an oil blend. You want to look for %100 pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Organic is better to ensure that you are not getting pesticides in your oil. Look for the Latin or scientific plant name on each bottle you buy. Check to see if the country of origin is listed on the bottle and packaging.

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  While many oils may be used on the skin safely there are some oils that should not be applied if you are going to be immediately exposed to sun after applying to skin. These oils interact with the sun and can cause burning and or irritation.  This is also known as Photosensitization (photocontact dermatitis) a reaction to a substance applied to the skin that occurs only in the presence of UV light in the UVA range, it may be either phototoxic or photo allergenic. (source) Always remember  essential oils are very strong and highly concentrated these need to be mixed with a carrier oil before  topically applying them to the skin as they may cause burning and damage to the skin. If you have sensitive skin you should also be careful even with oils that are considered generally safe for the skin. If you find that you have any irritation in the area that you are using oils stop using immediately . Also when dealing with children and the elderly use caution, their skin is often very sensitive.

Do not use in high sun exposure

  • Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica)
  • Bergamot  (Citrus bergamia, Citrus aurantium)
  • Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi)
  • Lemon – cold pressed (Citrus x limon, Citrus limonum)
  • Lime  – cold pressed (Citrus x aurantifolia, Citrus x latifolia)
  • Mandarin Leaf (Citrus reticulata, Citrus nobilis)
  • Orange, Bitter (Citrus x aurantium)
  • Rue (Ruta graveolens, Ruta montana)
  • Kumquat
  • Cumin
  • Tangerine
  • Mandarin
  • Petitgrain
  • Lemongrass

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Carrier oils

  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Grapeseed oil

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Oils like lavender, chamomile, and frankincense are  generally considered safe to use on skin with a carrier oil. Some people can use these without diluting the oil. But you have to remember that while these are considered safe, each person’s sensitivity level is different. Thoroughly research all oils and herbs before using.

I use essential oils in one way or another every day. I keep note of how the oil affect my skin, body, mind and mood. Remember essential oils   are natural medicines and should be treated as such. Keep all essential oils and herbs out of reach of pets and children.

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Natural Makeup Remover

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I love being able to share health and beauty information on this site that I have tested and used myself. Recently I started using sweet almond oil as a makeup remover and face cleanser. The face routine that I had been using was more for summer time and too harsh for the cold weather. My face was really starting to dry out. I had tried cleansing my face with oils before and had a bad break out. I had used coconut oil and it was just too heavy for my skin. I was watching a youtube video where the young woman used sweet almond oil. Her skin looked amazing without her make up and I got brave and gave it another go.  I have been using sweet almond on my face for a month now and not only did my skin not have a bad break out my skin cleared up. My makeup comes off easy without any harsh pulling on my skin. I really love the oil around my eyes. I can rub a little on my eyelids and remove my eyeliner and mascara. My skin has oily areas and dry patches the oil really helps to balance my skin out.

Sweet almond oil comes from pressed almonds. The oil is full of vitamin E, vitamin A, monounsaturated fatty acids, protein, potassium, and zinc. Besides being a makeup remover it can be used to lighten dark circles under your eyes and also help to relieve eczema and some rashes.

You can use the oil straight just pour about a teaspoon amount into your hand and rub onto your face. Gently massage the oil into your face, letting your body heat the oil will help to break down and loosen dirt and makeup in your pores.

Wash face with a face sponge or a soft cloth and warm water.

You can let your face air dry and then apply your toner/ moisturiser. Sweet almond oil can also be applied afterwards as a toner and moisturizer. It really in a 3 in one natural product.

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Frankincense Essential Oil For Beauty

Frankincense has been used for literally thousands of years. From beauty products to embalming uses to healing of skin. Not to mention it also being used to cleanse the air of sickness and disease. Together with myrrh the aroma could be used to cover the smell of death and so was used in burying practices that date back as far as the egyptians .  

There are so many benefits and uses for frankincense its properties include being antiseptic, expectorant, disinfectant, and a  sedative just to name a few. The oil is also great for the immune system and is great to have on hand before cold and flu seasons start. The oil can also  be used on the skin to help heal and fade scars. It has also been used to treat ulcers, hypertension, nausea and fevers.

Here are a few ways that you can use frankincense in your day to day health and beauty routines.

Baths

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You can place a few drops of this oil in your bath water or in your shampoo or body wash. When using essential oils in bath water remember that oil and water do not mix so the oil will set on the surface of the water. I recommend mixing a 3-5 drops (depending on your skin sensitivity) in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil. This will dilute the potency as it comes in contact with your skin. You can also place it in your body scrubs and washes. If you make your own body scrubs you can add a few drops to the mix. Here is a body scrub you can try.bath, blur, brush

Body Scrub

3/4 cup Raw Sugar

1/4 Raw Sugar

up to 1/8 Sweet almond oil or Coconut Oil

5 drops of Frankincense DoTerra Essential Oil

2 drops of Wild Orange DoTerra Essential Oil

Mix the sugar together in a bowl and add your carrier oil. Last add your essential oil drops.

Face CareWoman Covering Her Face With LeavesAs mentioned before frankincense is wonderful for a vast variety of  skin related issues. You can use the oil with a carrier oil to help old scars fade and help new cuts heal properly. Below are a few ways you can use this oil for your face

Face Serum .

  • 2 ounces  argan oil or sweet almond oil.
  • 4 drops of frankincense essential oil,
  • 3 drops of  lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops of geranium essential oil

Combine in an amber glass jar or bottle. Shake well. You will only need 2-3 drops of this. Work gently into face.If you have sensitive skin check on a small area of skin first.

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Face Moisturizer

  • 1 ounce of grapeseed oil/ Sweet almond oil, or your own face moisturizer
  • 4-6 drops of frankincense essential oil
  • Mix and store in a dark amber glass bottle

Face spray

  • 1 ounce of water in a  glass squirt bottle
  • Add 6 drops of frankincense oil per 1 ounce of water (you can always double this for larger a lager batch.)
  • Add 3 drops of vodka to prevent separation (optional)
  • Shake well before each use
  • Spray onto face or body