Essential oils – aromatic essence of herbs

Essential oils – aromatic essence of herbs

So now let’s talk about essential oils and CO2 extracts which are very similar to each other but are different in distillation method.

I know so many of us using them for a long time already. Some of us using them for aromatherapy already and some who know more of their qualities do add them to their creams, shampoos and other products we use.

I was going to talk about the history of essential oils use but then changed my mind. This anyone can google and have tons of historic and not only facts about essential oils available now in the market.

But for now the thing I would rather talk about is how a woman can decide if she want to buy any and why would she do so. Now here is the fact. The essential oils or CO2 extracts would be most concentrated ingredients used in the cosmetic products and this means if any of the therapeutic qualities are stated in the cosmetics you use then most likely those would be achieved with the essential oils or other concentrated herbal extracts (glycerites for example). This is mainly because out of all hopefully natural ingredients you use most do not penetrate the skin as much as essential oils would. So if you want to choose the effect of the herb and add the therapeutic value to it then start with choosing the right essential oils.

The exciting thing about using oils in skincare is that they have 2 purposes: 1. They can be used purely as an aroma for their beautiful fragrance. 2. They can be used for their therapeutic properties as ‘aromaceuticals’ or to say it differently bringing the aroma and medicinal properties into your skincare products.

So what you can do with the essential oils or CO2s.

In my previous post about carrier oils and hydrosols I suggest to mix them to have your own made facial toners and oils. But to make your oils more productive and smell great do try to add essential oils to them. Creams made with natural butters and oils will have a tendency to have an oily or ‘peanut butter’ smell. Think of essential oils as being nature’s perfume - they are completely natural essences that uplift the mood.

This also you can actually do with your regular creams and shampoo.  But a note of caution. Essential oils normal use for the skincare products is not more than 1% of the amount for the facial products less than this at about 0.5% for more sensitive areas like eyes and lips and can be up to 2% for body treatment. Make sure not to go too far with adding the essential oils to avoid any unwanted reactions instead of the great uplifting effect on the skin.

There are top 10 essential oils working great for the skin

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) : Lavender oil is one of the most versatile essential oils available and is considered something of an aromatic panacea. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Lavender essential oil works well for all skin types. Lavender is a skin cell regenerator so great to use for mature skins and those wishing to have anti-ageing effects.

Chamomile is generally used in two forms - German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman or English Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis). Both chamomiles are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Rose Otto (Rosa Damascena): although this is a stunningly beautiful fragrance and one which can have fantastic effects on the skin. Rose oil has been shown to have high antioxidant properties, which make it a lovely addition to any skincare product.

Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin): Patchouli has excellent properties for use in skincare. It helps to reduce skin oiliness, soothes skin problems, reduces inflammation and is mildly antiseptic. It is even thought to potentially regenerate skin cells.   

Neroli (Citrus aurantium dulcis): also known as the ‘Queen of Essential Oils’, Neroli is extracted from the fragrant flower of the Seville orange tree. It has a beautiful bitter orange blossom fragrance. It is thought to regenerate skin cells and act as a rejuvenator on the skin.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Rosemary has antibacterial and antiseptic properties making it good for sensitive, inflamed and oily skin. It clears pores and promotes healing improving the appearance of skin. High in antioxidants and because of it being a natural astringency, Rosemary is also very beneficial to aging skin. Its fragrance is thought to be invigorating and energising.

Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens): Geranium is a popular essential oil in skincare has many uses. It is said to balance sebum levels, which make it an interesting choice for oily or teenage skin types and for use in cleansers. Geranium is also known as ‘rose geranium’ because it has a subtle rose fragrance. This makes it an excellent addition to any blends in which you want to use rose.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii): this resinous, slightly spicy oil is thought to be a superior anti-ageing essential oil. It was often used as an ingredient in mummification and is though to rejuvenate mature skin. The fragrance is simply stunning too.

Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis): this is a gentle oil with a wonderful warm, citrusy aroma. The oil is extracted from the peel and it blends well with most other oils. It is gentle enough for all skin types but it is particularly good for mature skin and acne-prone skin. It brightens the skin and creates an uplifting, stress- relieving scent for your products.

Now think of all the possible options you may have as there is nobody out there who knows your skin better then you and experiment. You can indeed take a couple of oils and mix them. I would not suggest to mix many unless you have a good idea about the smell compatibility as again the simple is best! And again remember if mixing as well as using a single essential oil the total amount should yet be within 0.5-2% limits. Let us know what you think on our Facebook page or in blog comments.

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