We’ve been using essential oils for years, but they keep slipping in and out of fashion. Relegated to the realms of burning incense, their use in beauty and health care are on the increase and it’s time to dust off the aromatherapy books and start adding them to our everyday life for a whole range of benefits.
Essential oils are liquids distilled from leaves, stems, flowers and roots of plants. They contain the true essence of the plant they were derived from and pack a highly concentrated punch. Their use dates back to ancient history, with prominent healers believing in the power of oils derived from flowers and leaves. But in more recent years it has become apparent that essential oils can provide a whole range of physical and psychological benefits.
It is believed our sense of smell, the one triggered by the use of essential oils, is one of the oldest, most primitive parts of our brain and has a direct link to our emotions. This means that essential oils can create significant change in the brain, especially to your mood.
Feeling stressed? There’s an essential oil for that. Feeling sluggish? There’s an essential oil for that. Acne breakout? There’s an essential oil for that.
No matter what you’re struggling with, essential oils can assist in a number of situations. Our favourites are:
– Lavender: for relaxation and sleep
– Ylang-Ylang: – for sensuality and happiness
And that’s not all – different types of oils offer different benefits when applied to the skin. Oils can moisturise and hydrate the skin, as well as heal scars, acne and stubborn eczema. When incorporated into a skincare regime, essential oils penetrate the skin’s surface and enhance the cell turnover rate. Lavender oil in particular is a powerful antiseptic and naturally provides relief for red and inflamed skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Choosing an oil that’s right for you, starts with deciding what you’re trying to solve. Google is an invaluable resource , as well as any number of books published on the topic. You’ll be able to find which essential oil solves what.
But before you jump on the essential oil bandwagon, it’s important to remember that essential oils aren’t for everyone – pregnant women and people with certain conditions such as epilepsy and high blood pressure, should steer clear unless they are given the OK by a GP. Despite their amazing properties they should never be ingested either, and should only be applied on the skin diluted. You should also check for allergies as many people find themselves allergic to popular oils such as Lavender, Eucalyptus and Basil.
The most important thing in choosing an oil is ensuring that you are buying it in pure form, like In Essence Pure Essential Oils. Those oils are 100% pure and true to species, providing only the best benefits to your skin. Synthetic or blended oils have little beneficial properties and can flood your skin with nasty chemicals.
If you’ve chosen your oil, the next step is incorporating it into your skin care regime. In Essence recommend one of three ways:
- Moisturise – place one drop of any essential oil into your favourite moisturiser.
- Spritzing – choose three essential oils and add 2 drops of each oil to spritz bottles filled with water.
- Compress – choose 3 essential oils and add drops of each to a basin of warm water. Soak a face cloth in the water, wring out and press the cloth to face.
Other options also include blending essential oils to a plain oil and using it for massages, adding drops to an oil burner for a freshly scented house, dropping in bathwater for a luxurious treatment, or inhaling through a basin of steaming water.
On the skin, the effect of essential oils is almost instant. From glowing complexions, to healing scars, you’ll be certain to see and feel the difference. Many skincare lines are beginning to incorporate essential oils in their products a favourite is Rosehip Oil, with powerful anti-ageing properties.
With the OK from the doctor, incorporating essential oils into your skincare routine is so easy, and your skin start reaping the benefits instantly.
Essential oils are available just about everywhere, but keep an eye out especially for pure blends. In Essence Aromatherapy are available at Myer, David Jones, Priceline and selected pharmacies and salons or visit their website for more.