Wednesday, October 9, 2013

THE ESSENTIAL OILS OF MY LIFE

The number of different types of oils in our household has quadrupled since I started getting interested in natural beauty and wellbeing. The number one oil in my life is raw, organic, coconut oil. I use it both in the kitchen and the bathroom. Before washing my hair I massage the oil to my scalp to relieve the dryness and after shower I freely lather it all over my body, including armpits after shaving. 

Peppermint body oil from Lalicious is the best thing for tired feet after a long day at work. They sent me this little sample bottle, but once the winter season really kicks in I might have to get another one. So refreshing!
Tea tree oil has been my go-to remedy for breakouts. When I start feeling pimple growing under my skin I immediately attack it with pharmaceutical grade tea tree oil and the pimple never even sees the daylight. Argan oil is used on my face in dry spots (like those spots that prolonged use of tea tree oil has created...). This tiny bottle has lasted over a year, so I really don't need it much.

Vitamin E and Jojoba oils are used as carrier oils. I use jojoba in my DIY All Natural Toner and vitamin E oil to make soothing body oils together with essential oils.
I just got introduced to essential oils not too long ago when I wanted to re-create the great smelling yoga mat spray our yoga studio uses (tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass). While doing my research I learned that essential oils are chemical-free alternative to potentially toxic fragrances. But many of them can do a lot more than just smell good. To learn how to mix your oils, read this post.

For example peppermint oil is used to soothe nausea and other stomach issues, help stop itching, and cool overworked muscles (menthol). Peppermint also acts as an all-natural alternative to VapoRub, cool sore throats, and quiet headaches. See here 62+ uses for peppermint oil

Lavender's antibacterial properties allow it to fight germs (which is why you'll find it in many all-natural cleaning products for home and body). Lavender oil’s soft scent is said to help calm the nervous system, improve sleep quality, combat joint pain, and fight everything from urinary disorders and respiratory problems to high blood pressure and acne. See here 66+ uses for lavender oil.
When weather starts getting cold I start needing some warming oils. Ylang Ylang is one of the best at relaxing the mind and the body. Simply sniffing it can slightly lower blood pressure. It can be helpful in cases of stress or anxiety which makes it perfect for massage oil!

Mahanarayan Oil is an ancient Ayurvedic recipe in a base of certified organic sesame oil. It supports comfortable joint movement, promotes healthy muscles and tendons as well as soothes pain, stiffness and inflammation. I had some strange pain on my right arm the other night and applied the oil directly to the area. The pain was gone by the morning.
And last, but not least, the oils we use around the house. These home fragrance oils are from Body Shop's holiday sale (after xmas) and we use them in oil warmers as well as in terracotta clay diffusers which we have in our guest bathroom. The oils permeate through the pot and then diffuse out into the room. Who doesn't love great smelling home!!!

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