Essential oil essentials.
Aromatherapy has been around for a very long time, but we have seen rapid growth of use in the 21st Century. I have had an interest in essential oils, for a few years, myself. I have been quite lucky to have the opportunity to take an Aromatherapy class as part of my certification from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. For this post, I will be referencing the awesome book we students got to use for this course titled, Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers, by Jade Shutes and Christina Weaver (you will find a link to the book on Amazon here: Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers).
I have learned so much from this book and this class. I did not realize that there was so much about essential oils that I did not know. So, as an introduction to the knowledge I have gained, I would like to share with you all, 6 Essential Oils for Skincare.
Shall we begin?
6 (Best) Essential Oils for Skincare.
(Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antiseptic, antidepressant)
Okay, lavender is like, the Queen of Essential Oils, and probably my personal favorite (tied with Peppermint oil). It literally helps with everything! It’s good for your digestive system, helps insomnia, helps with depression and anxiety, PLUS: it is good for your skin. Reach for a bottle of good lavender when you are experiencing problems with acne, psoriasis, burns – including sunburn – eczema, and even open wounds. And while it’s helping you with one of the above, enjoy its relaxing aroma and calming affect on your body.
2. Tea Tree.
(Antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, immune enhancing)
Tea Tree is truly another favorite of mine. I actually use a Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner set with both Lavender and Tea Tree (Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo & Special Conditioner Duo 33.8 oz). Not only am I in love with the aroma of these two scents mixed together, but I love the way they leave my hair and scalp feeling so soft, and looking so shiny! Tea Tree is really an essential oil, when it comes to beauty care. It can help heal acne, nail fungus, rashes, and boils, as well as oily skin and dandruff. Be careful how much you use though, and always dilute! Tea Tree is a very strong oil.
(Antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic)
Ah, yet another one of my favorites. All three of the oils listed so far, are currently in my bathroom medicine cabinet. Did I mention that yet?? There’s a reason for this. Ylang-ylang is another one with a sensual and sweet aroma, that I adore. Not only does it assist with PMS and is an aphrodisiac, but it also combats oily/combination skin, aging/stressed skin, and is a scalp tonic. Who wouldn’t want to smell sexy and be healing their body at the same time?
(Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac)
Sandalwood has always been known to me as having a soft and woody aroma, and a very good guide for meditation. It helps one to connect with their inner-knowing, as it calms and soothes the body and senses. When used on the skin, it helps fight acne, chapped and dry skin, rashes from shaving, oily skin, and aging skin. I was super stoked to learn that it helps with shaving rashes. This is something that bugs me and my boyfriend. Guess what I’ll be picking us up this weekend?
I know fennel to be excellent for the stomach and digestive system. But did you know that it can be beneficial for detoxification of the skin from smoking or slow circulation? I love the idea of being able to use fennel for detoxing my skin. I hear this is a very important step to having glowing and radiant skin.
Helichrysum has a warm, spicy, and herbaceous aroma. It is known for its healing properties for skin conditions, including bruises, cuts/wounds, radiation burns, acne, eczema, and scar tissue. It is also known to balance the Qi-energy and blood. Another cool thing about Helichrysum, is that it is safe to apply directly to the skin, without being diluted with a carrier oil. Sweet!
What do you think?
Did any of these oils spark your interest? Would you be interested in using them as a part of your skincare routine? Let me know what you think and if you have tried any! And remember, with the exception of Helichrysum, it is important that you always dilute your essential oils in a carrier oil or lotion. I recommend Jojoba oil, as it is also super beneficial to your skin (NOW Organic Jojoba Oil,4-Ounce).
I hope you enjoyed learning about essential oils for skincare with me! Stay connected with me on social media for more. 🙂
With love and light,