January 02, 2017
More and more people are turning to herbalism to take care of their bodies and spirit, myself included. I recently started adding natural products to my skin care routine and my skin has done a major turn around. My skin was never "bad" per se, but it did have its issues. I decided to share some of my recipes and some background on what different essential oils and carrier oils do.
Disclaimer: I am not an herbalist or a medical professional. Always consult a doctor before using any essential oils or new routine - especially if you are pregnant.
Carrier Oils: These oils are derived from the fatty portion of various nuts and vegetables. When working with essential oils you MUST use a carrier oil to avoid irritation. Essential oils are concentrated and very harsh on their own. Luckily, carrier oils have their own benefits which can be used in conjunction with essential oils.
Jojoba Oil: This is the oil I use most on my face. It is actually a wax that closely mimics your skins own natural sebum. When you use this oil, it tells your skin to slow down on producing its own.
Good for: oily skin, acne prone skin, black-head prone skin
Almond Oil: Another favourite of mine for aromatherapy, perfume and hair treatments. It is quite moisturizing but not "greasy". Due to its Vitamin A content it helps reduce scarring.
Good for: combination skin, uneven skin tone, scars, dark under-eye circles
Rose hip Seed Oil: This oil is deeply moisturizing and smoothing. Being high in fatty acids, it can help reduce scarring.
Good for: dry skin, aging skin, inflammation
Argan Oil: Chock full of antioxidants and saponins. Not only does this oil moisturize, it also tightens skin.
Good for: all skin types, sensitive skin, and hair!
Essential Oils: Simply put, Essential oils are pure undiluted essences of a plant. Some oils come from leaves, some from bark, some from seeds....you get the idea. For a full breakdown check out doTERRA.
Make sure to always start small when using essential oils and build up from there. Always give your skin at least two weeks to adjust - unless of course you develop a rash, burning or irritation. In that case stop immediately.
Geranium, Neroli, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Cypress, Bergamot, Lemongrass
Acne Prone Skin:
Geranium, Tea Tree Oil, Rosewood, Lavender, Clary Sage
Geranium, Rose, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Chamomile
Please leave a comment with your favourite oils! I would love to see them.
Nourish - Moisturizer - For Oily Skin
Combine ingredients and shake well. Use 3-8 drops (depending on how much you need) to moisturize after cleansing.
Nourish - Moisturizer - For Oily/Blackhead/Acne Skin
Treat - Spot Treatment - For Breakouts
Combine ingredients and shake well. Apply with roller top on affected areas.
Tone - Astringent - For All Skin Types
Combine ingredients and shake well. Spray after cleansing and again midday if needed.
If you aren't up for going the DIY route but still wanna dive into the world of holistic health, there are so many amazing Herbalists out there.
Some of my favourites are:
Huna Natural Apothecary
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