After aromatherapy broke into the popular market, essential oils became all the rage. Today these oils are being given the credit that they deserve, becoming vastly known not just for their therapeutic scents but for the wonders they can do on the skin. These benefits range from antimicrobial benefits (aka bye acne) to anti-aging.
A word of caution: as essential oils can be potent, make sure to read up on how to properly use them when going the topical route.
A cult favorite in therapeutic oils, lavender oil is known to soothe inflammation and acne flare-ups
Known for its calming scent, lavender is a favorite across the globe. Its therapeutic, balancing, and moisturizing properties are known to thoroughly heal and nurture the skin. Lavender is packed with antioxidants, helping to combat the early signs of skin aging, soothe inflammations, and control acne with anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties.
If you're familiar with the calming properties of the tea, chamomile oil also helps you wind down after a busy day
Known more popularly for its tea counterpart, one would be surprised to know that chamomile oil has been used therapeutically since ancient times. Also known for its calming properties, today the oil is mainly used for its cosmetic benefits as well as to calm a variety of ailments.
Unlike some essential oils, chamomile is a very gentle oil that is safe to use with children. It features a sweet and gentle scent that’s soothing and also works as a relaxing sleep aid. It's also great for reducing anxiety, stress, headaches, migraines, and insomnia.
Add a few drops of chamomile oil and some peppermint oil to your body wash for a relaxing nighttime bath.
This immune booster contains copaiba oil among other wellness oils
Copaiba is a very gentle oil that can be used as an everyday cream. For beauty junkies who aren't fans of strong scents, you will be delighted to know that copaiba carries a very subtle scent.
Not only is copaiba soothing to the skin, but it is also high in beta-caryophyllene which has been known for its positive effects on the skin. Mix it with your favorite lotion to see the effects for yourself.
Apart from being great fatigue and stress reliever, lemongrass oil keeps the mosquitoes away
Lemongrass is a favorite among diffuser fans for its ability to create a feeling of freshness and renewal. This invigorating and clarifying oil the mind and senses with soothing the nervous system. It is ideal for stress, fatigue, and tired muscles.
Unknown to many, lemongrass also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it a forerunner as a natural astringent as well as a multi-purpose oil. Recent studies have also shown that lemongrass has anti-aging properties.
A word of caution: this essential oil is quite potent. Do not apply directly onto skin, unless diluted with a carrier oil. Not recommended for use for pregnant ladies.
This massage oil from Zenutrients contains grapefruit to help relieve stress
The familiar fresh scent of grapefruit is a great way to lighten your mood. We love mixing it with our body creams for days when we need a picker-upper. This also great for invigorating massages.
Grapefruit oil has been reported to help heal acne, and is even recommended for people with oily hair or skin.
6. Tea Tree
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle reveals that tea tree oil is her "little cure-all"
As a natural antimicrobial, tea tree oil is great for fighting acne-causing bacteria, dandruff, and other fungi. Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle crowns this as her "little cure-all", adding that she uses it for small breakouts and mosquito bites.
As with potent essential oils, dilute 2-3 drops with 100ml carrier oil. In case of skin sensitivity, a skin patch test is recommended prior to using in bigger area of the body. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before use.
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