Full of diverse applications, essential oils are the main component in aromatherapy . They help to relax the mind, balance hormones and heal the body. The uses for essential oil in your beauty routine is endless and something you need to try now! From perfumes to mouthwash - essentials oils can be used in pretty much anything. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of essential oil in skincare.
Because essential oils are extremely concentrated, they need to be diluted with a carrier base oil. Usually you shouldn't directly use an essential oil on skin. By diluting it with a base oil such as sunflower or grapeseed allows you to apply oils directly. Grapeseed oil, above, is a skincare superstar! The high levels of antioxidants means it will boost the effects of sunscreen and helps to treat acne too. I use this as a body oil mixed with essential oils to suit my mood.
Essential oils are perfect for DIY skincare. Use them on their own to blend together for massages, face steams, to help sleep, in the shower or even for dandruff!You'll probably already know Tea Tree is great for treating spots ( i swear by it!) but did you know it also has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties? Lemon has astringent and toning effect and also acts as a natural deodorant. Orange oil can be used to help oily and dull complexions. Diluting this with a cold cream will keep oily skin at bay and can brighten tired looking skin. Lavender is one of the most versatile and widely used oils for healing. I bet at least one of your beauty products at home contains lavender! It's soothing and relaxing properties make it ideal for headaches and muscular aches and pains. Lavender is an extremely safe oil and you can even apply it undiluted.
Miaroma have a wide range of aromatherapy products and are available from Holland & Barrett here. All of which are currently buy one get one half price!
Let me know if you would like to see any DIY skincare tutorials using essential oils :)