Essential oils have become the latest health and beauty craze to sweep the market. People are raving about their effectiveness in various aspects of their health from improving asthma to minimizing migraines and arthritic pain and their effectiveness as a beauty regimen, as well.
But what oils do you use for what condition and in what form? Through this article, we’ll walk you through the best essential oils to use in order to see an improvement in the health of your skin and hair and what concoctions you could mix and how you mix them as a regimen.
Mixing your regimen
Before we get started walking you through all the many different essential oils and what they can do for you, we need to provide you with a basic guide for mixing your own essential oil beauty recipe.
- First off, you want to be sure that a large percentage of your recipe is base oils, also known as carrier oils; their hydrating properties are good for your skin and hair.
- Next, you should add your specific target treatment oil and, in the smallest quantity, a few drops of a strongly scented essential oil that also provides benefits for your hair and skin as a final touch.
Note: When using anything with essential oils for the first time, especially when you make the concoction yourself at home, you should be sure to try it out on only a small patch of skin or hair first to make sure you won’t have any adverse reactions to it.
What oils should you use
There are many essential oils that offer benefits to promote better health, quicker healing, and even healthier and better looking skin and hair.
Sweet almond oil is rich and nourishing.
Argan has Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that help to moisturize your skin, hair, and nails. It has a nutty smell which tends to complement a lot of recipes for hair products.
Avocado oil offers all the same omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants for your skin when you apply it as it does for your body when you eat it. Your body needs those to thrive and keep itself looking and feeling in tip top shape.
Coconut oil is amazing for your hair and skin alike. It absorbs quickly and easily into the skin, making it seem like it has a faster acting effect. It’s solid at room temperature and contains protein, fatty acids, and vitamin E.
Grape seed works as a natural astringent and has both healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a great option for those plagued by acne.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E. It’s great for treating dry skin and eczema conditions.
Sesame oil should definitely be the base oil if you’re creating a remedy for any irritated patches of skin. It especially helps with skin irritation caused by sunburn or wind.
We’re not talking about the gel you buy at the store when you get a sunburn; aloe vera oil is a thicker oil that can be used as a treatment for eczema, dandruff, and psoriasis. It can help with myriad skin irritations.
Castor oil is great for helping your hair grow faster as well as helping seal in moisture for those with coarse hair. It’s a thicker oil, making it work will in conditioners, shampoos, and lotions.
Tea-tree oil can help you fight off infections, which is great for those with autoimmune diseases or immunity deficiencies. It can help to treat nail fungus, acne, lice, dandruff, and bug bites can all be treated by tea-tree poultice as it has bacteria-killing properties.
The following essential oils promote healthier and healthier-looking skin and hair