Which Essential Oils are best to improve the Skin?
Here is a question we get asked a lot. Which Essential Oils are best to improve the skin? What about the hair? So we decided to round up all of the superstar essential oils and let you know why we’ve picked them. For skin, make sure to dilute according to manufacturers suggestions with carrier oil. For hair, just a drop or two added to your hair preparation will be sufficient.
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And before you spend a cent on essential oils we’ve said before and will say again, NEVER buy essential oils that aren’t truly organic. Especially in the States, there are vague regulations and marketers can say just about anything to make you think they are organic when they aren’t. Watch for “beyond organic” “better than organic” and RUN! Since essential oils are so powerful and concentrated extracts from plants, if the plants have been soaked in or sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, it will be in the extracts that come from them. So we believe that the most important thing to watch for when comparing essential oils is that they are organic.
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Bergamot Oil – promotes healthy, clear skin. Aids in skin tightening which helps give the appearance of smaller pores. It is antibacterial, an analgesic, antiseptic, andtispasmodic, and offers soothing effects. It also can be very helpful in treating cold sores and mouth sores.
Carrot Root Oil – High in carotenes and other antioxidants, Carrot oil stimulates and regenerates skin and hair. Retin-A – a form of vitamin A, has long been used to support hair growth. Carrot oil is an extract of carrot root emulsified in Jojoba oil. It may very beneficial for people experiencing hair loss, but is also good for improving overall hair health.
Carrot Seed Oil – Carrot Seed is fantastic for skin care (revitalizing and toning) and considered one of the best essential oils for mature skin. Carrot seed oil also assists in removing toxins and water build up in the skin giving it a fresher more firmer appearance. Carrot seed oil has a detoxifying effect on the liver and cleans the digestive system and the body as a whole. Aromatic Scent: Woody-earthy, slightly spicy, strong, fruity, warm, herbaceous and musky. Warnings: Should be avoided during pregnancy. For external use only.
Cedarwood – It has been used for acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, greasy skin, hair loss, skin eruptions, ulcers, arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, catarrh, congestion, coughs, cystitis, nervous tension and stress-related conditions. Cedarwood is has been successfully studied for treatment of hair loss.
Blue Chamomile – One of the most effective oils for reducing inflammation. Hair loss is sometimes attributed to inflammation in the scalp and follicles, resulting in less-than-ideal cellular function. Some even attribute hair loss to an over-heated scalp. German Chamomile is both anti-inflammatory and cooling. Also used for skin problems including allergies, infections, burns, inflammation, rashes, and bites.
Clary Sage – Used to rejuvenate skin cells, calm the complexion and reduce dandruff. Deeply relaxing, and it may be helpful to reduce melancholy, stress and relieve tension. Also thought to reduce symptoms associated with PMS and menopause. Used as a sedative, hormonal balancer, for it’s soothing, relaxing effects. Can reduce menstrual cramps, PMS and menopausal hot flashes. Adrenal stimulant. Warnings: Possible skin irritant for some. Avoid use during pregnancy
Clove – Antiseptic and an excellent antioxidant. Can increase circulation, and shown to be successful in stimulating new hair growth. For scalp circulation stimulation. Warnings: Use in very small amounts due to possible skin sensitivity.
Cypress – Excellent for reducing the appearance of broken capillaries in the skin. Cypress oil is antiseptic and a rich antioxidant. Stimulates circulation which is optimal for hair growth. Helps Reduce oiliness of skin. Qualities:Antiseptic, toning, diuretic, astringent, reviving
Frankincense – Excellent to aid in un-doing the damage the skin has endured. This oil is fascinating to me, as I heard it would help with basil cell skin cancers (which I’ve had quite a few). The first time I used it, I was stunned to watch the skin cancers completely vanish after using it repeatedly morning and night for about a month. I later worked with one of the top dermatologists in the country on a shoot, and asked her about it. She said it is highly effective on basil cell, however not effective on the more dangerous form of skin cancer. I believe it works by penetration below the surface, and restores damage to the DNA. Impressive and very intriguing. This oil is known for qualities to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and appears to tighten and even skin tone as well.
Geranium – Shown to be effective for use with oily, acne prone and even mature skin. Also appears very useful on skin issues such as eczema and dermatitis, and has the effect of brightening and revitalizing dull skin.
Grapefruit – appears to be highly effective for use as a cleansing agent and for oily skin.
Helichrysum – Shown to be regenerating to soft body tissues, helichrysum is found in blends for both mature skin and for healing wounds. Helpful for scalp tissue as well, for anti-aging and healthy hair production. Also an excellent antiinflammatory, and excellent for enhanced circulation.
Lavendar – Balancing, soothing, regenerative, anti-inflammate and antibacterial. The most commonly used oil for stress reduction. Lavender is also good for the skin, especially when mixed with bergamot it helps promote skill cell growth. Lavender is also good for taking the sting out of sunburns and some herbalists prescribe lavender paste to be applied to minor burns. It is helpful in treating a number of skin conditions including burns, cyctitis, vaginitis, and leucorhea. It helps to improve circulatory problems such as varicose veins when rubbed onto the skin.
Lemon – Used for skin lightening effects and said to aid in reducing the appearance of fine lines. It is antiseptic, however can be a skin irritant in some, especially those with sensitive skin.
Myrhh – Pure myrrh can be mixed with a carrier oil and applied externally for skin problems. It can also be mixed with water to relieve throat and gum problems. It may be useful to revitalize and nurture mature skin. May also provide relief for bronchitis and colds when used in a diffuser or vaporizer. Reduces wrinkling, antiseptic and anti-fungal. Heavy warm base note. Qualities: Sedative, uplifting, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory
Palmarosa – Great to help stimulate new cell growth, moisturize skin, and can even help to regulate oil production. Excellent for the face and neck, and any anti-aging skin care product.
Patchouli – Works well as an antimicrobial, astringent, fungicide, and in deodorant. Also has properties to aid with acne issues, dry, cracked, chapped skin, eczema, oily and even appears effective in aiding mature skin.
Rosemary – This oil has been considered one of the premier hair growth enhancing oils. It is found in many preparations for hair and scalp. Shown to increase cellular metabolism, and stimulating healthy hair growth. Also shown to be successful in alopecia areata treatment.
Sage – Used for hair growth, with stimulating properties found in Rosemary – along with hormone balancing of Clary Sage. Can balance scalp oils, and is found in blends for scar reduction and skin regeneration. Used to rejuvenate skin cells, calm the complexion and reduce dandruff. Not for use if pregnant.
Sandalwood – Used to help soothe damaged and irritated skin, also to diminish the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars. Also appears to be effective in smoothing out the surface of the skin.
Sea Buckthorn – This oil has been used for centuries for cosmetic purposes. Cosmetically, Sea Buckthorn Oil has been used for numerous purposes. Natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids help reverse damaging effects of sun radiation and minimize long term effects of sun exposure, like wrinkles, dryness, dark spot reduction, and the soothing of skin inflammation. The oil is well tolerated by any type of skin and provides long term anti-inflammatory, restorative and revitalizing actions. Appears to enhance the skin and scalp health for every skin type and imbalance. Highly nutritive, potent antioxidant and regenerative.
Ylang Ylang – Used to reduce stress. Long history of used to increase the thickness of the hair and for healthier hair. Can have a balancing effect on scalp oil production, and may help with split ends. Ylang ylang oil could have a soothing effect on the skin and its stimulating effect on the scalp could promote more luxurious hair growth. Appears highly effective for use on irritated, oily, or acne prone skin. Has a strong aroma.
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