Switch to Essential Oils!
For centuries, people have been using essential oils to maintain health and treat various ailments and conditions. These botanical extracts can be used in a variety of ways, but because they’re so concentrated and powerful, they’ll always need to be diluted in a carrier oil or by adding other ingredients like clay, charcoal or shea butter.
To get you familiarised, here are the 12 most essential and useful oils to keep handy.
I love finding out more about how to use Essential Oils (EO’s) on this lovely site Hello Glow to learn more about natural beauty.
EO’s are completely naturally derived so they are quite potent on their own. Owning to their natural chemical composition, some EO’s are better suited for skincare, while others more specifically for hair or body.
This beginner’s guide to EO’s based on their usage is a handy reference!
Some important essential oil guidelines to remember:
Essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil to a maximum of 5%.
So since 1 ml = 20 drops, for every 1 ml of carrier oil, you would add 1 drop of Essential Oil (EO).
And since 1 oz = 29 mL, for every 1 oz of carrier oil, you would add no more than 29 drops of essential oils.
Opinions on proper dilution ratios vary, and some people believe even a 5% dilution to be too strong. So you may want to add even less, such as 15 drops of essential oils per oz of carrier oil, which would be a 2.5% dilution. This depends on your unique skin and how it responds to the higher dilution rate (such as if you experience any irritation).
Be sure to do a patch test to make sure your skin does not have an adverse reaction to the oils. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is delicate, similar to facial skin.
Additionally, certain essential oils should be avoided by pregnant women, infants, and young children.
Now that you’ve soaked in so much new information about EO’s, how about we put this new found knowledge to use!
I’m sharing 2 simple home recipes. They require minimal ingredients, most of which I am sure you have at home already. It doesn’t require too much effort and the results you begin to see almost immediately are heartening. Why do we ‘invest’ so much in cosmetics when we can make our own beauty products at home – suited to your skin type?
Give these a go – you won’t regret it!
Homemade DIY Face Toner For Acne Prone Skin
Featuring humble home ingredients Green Tea + Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3/4 cup strong green tea
- 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
Simply pour the green tea and apple cider vinegar into a glass jar or a glass spray bottle. Use a cotton ball to apply your homemade toner after cleansing or as often as desired. Store this toner in the refrigerator–it should keep for about two weeks this way.
While these two ingredients alone are enough to make a spectacular homemade toner, you can also experiment with adding things like:
- Orange essential oil (astringent, oil-reducing, stimulates collagen production).
- Lavender essential oil (antimicrobial, soothing, anti-inflammatory).
- Lemon juice (brightening, toning, helps reduce red marks).
Insanely Easy Whipped Body Butter Recipe
This one features one MAIN ingredient: Coconut Oil
It also only takes a few measly minutes, and you’ll have enough whipped body butter to last at least a month or two. In fact, if you get carried away, put some in a nice jar and it makes a great gift!
What you need:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
- a few drops of your favourite essential oils for fragrance.
What to do:
1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid.
2. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.
3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.
Tip: An electric hand mixer will work. A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.
Note: Your whipped coconut oil should stay relatively soft, even at colder temperatures. If it’s really cold, it will become a little more solid, but not rock hard like it normally does.
Early on in 2018, I made a pledge to myself. While I would focus on exercising and trying to be more fit, I also want to be able to take care of myself from within. That’s when I stumbled upon Essential Oils and their use for curing nearly everything. My sinus issue is a recurring phenomena and I feel like it defines my life sometimes. Despite medication and trying countless sleep inducing pills, I found a solution in EOs ( so now I’m preaching to you like a bit of a newly minted EO convert!)
Let 2018 be the year for switching to natural ingredients – let go of chemicals, take care of your self. Start simple – little changes to your everyday beauty routine and I hope you see the difference soon enough. I know I did 🙂