Hi guys!! So if you haven’t heard about essential oils yet, you are missing out on SO MUCH. Lemme tell ya.
What are essential oils? (EO’s)
Essential oils have been used for a long time (think Cleopatra and even Native Americans) for various medicinal and health purposes. They are naturally occurring aromas found in the seeds, bark, stem, roots, flowers and other parts of the plant.
For instance, to keep my basil growing and healthy, I do not let it flower or it will die. I pick this flower off and a lovely basil aroma is in the air and on my hands. This is the essential oil! Pretty cool huh?
What can essential oils be used for?
EVERYTHING. For real. Cleaning supplies, hair care, skin care, medicinal purposes such as headaches, allergies, etc, in the bath for a detox or relaxing bath, air purifier, and so much more!
You do have to be careful though with the ratios you mix with. Never use an oil without diluting it first with a carrier oil.
Before jumping into carrier oils, you should try and buy the highest quality oil as well as being cold-pressed, pure and unrefined. Cold pressed means it’s unheated and keeps its beneficial properties. Unrefined means the oil can retain its richness.
Ok but what’s a carrier oil?
Pretty much any oil you choose to dilute your essential oils with and can also be used by itself as a great moisturizer. My favorites are listed below but there are many more!
- Sweet almond oil for face or body. This oil has a molecular size closely related to our natural sebum or oils on our skin. This is also a noncomedogenic oil (won’t give you black heads or clog pores). It helps to balance moisture levels in your skin, aka a great facial massage oil. It also is full of vitamins A, B and E.
- Jojoba oil is my next favorite. You can actually blend jojoba and almond oil to get the most natural match to your skin’s natural oils. The nutrients in this oil mimic collagen. Jojoba oil also has a really good shelf life compared to other carrier oils. Fun fact: jojoba oil is actually a wax. This oil is especially good for people with hypersensitivity like contact dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis and even acne because it can break down excess sebum.
- Coconut oil. Everyone loves coconut oil. Here’s the thing, don’t put it on your face please! It’s moderately comedogenic, meaning it’s likely to clog your pores. On your body and hair, coconut oil is great. It has a ton of fatty acids and awesome medicinal properties too. This a go to oil you can use for almost anything.
- Avocado oil has tons of proteins, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. That makes this oil a great moisturizer as it can be absorbeddeep into the skin. It helps increase collagen (the stuff you lose as you get older) and keeps your skin healthy. This is a thicker oil than almond oil, so I recommend this oil to people with drier skin and for winter use. This is also a great oil to use in a scrub.
Now that you are aware that you should mix your essential oils and carrier oils together, I’ll dive into some of my favorite essential oils. There’s hundreds of different EO’s so I will share my top 5 in this post.
- Frankincense EO – this is one of the best EO’s for your face in my opinion. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it great for acne prone skin. This is a great essential to use in a toner because it encourages new cell growth, decreases the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and even scars.
- Lavender EO – this oil helps you to relax with its aromatherapy. This oil is great for mature skin types as it helps with sun spots and scarring.
- Rose EO – this oil is so awesome and probably my fave. I use it in facial sprays, baths and much more. This oil is great for dry skin (why I use it in my facial spray to add moisture easily through the day) and aging skin. This oil will help to even skin texture and tone and can also help manage skin conditions like dermatitis or psoriasis.
- Tea Tree EO – this is a well known EO for acne and lice. It has antibacterial properties which gets rid of bacteria caused by acne. This also helps with regulating oil on our skin which is why I use it in my toner!
- Ylang ylang EO – this oil has a nice floral fragrance. It helps control oil and minimize acne flare ups. This is a great essential oil for every skin type and helps to improve skin elasticity.
These are just SOME of the essential oils and carrier oils. Remember to dilute your essential oils before using them on your skin! Some people can be sensitive or allergic to some oils so if you think you might be, do a small patch test on your arm and wait 24 hours to be sure. Also, certain oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants and young children, so please do some more research before applying!
If you liked this post, give me some love at the bottom and I will make a post on DIY skin care with essential oils!