Essential oils are aromatic plant chemicals, which capture the ‘essence’ of a plant’s natural scent. They are extracted by either distillation or other mechanical processes. Essential oils have been used since centuries in Egyptian, Chinese, and Indian cultures to promote the well-being of both the body and mind. This has been corroborated by modern research too. There are a lot of essential oils in the market today and it is really confusing to understand how to use them. Our goal is to help you with this. We will give the details of the top 10 essential oils – what are the health benefits of essential oils, how to use essential oils.
Top 10 Essential Oils
In no particular order, the list includes;
- Lavender oil.
- Argan oil.
- Jojoba oil.
- Tea tree oil.
- Frankincense oil.
- Rosemary oil.
- Lemon oil.
- Cedar wood oil.
- Chamomile oil.
- Bergamot oil.
Benefits of Top 10 Essential Oils for Skin
There are a number of benefits of essential oils for skin such as:
- Skin moisturizing
- Treating dry skin
- Skin toning
- Skin brightening
- Soothing irritated skin
- Healing damaged skin
- Preventing and delaying skin ageing
Benefits of Top 10 Essential Oils for Hair
Essential oils are used in a number of shampoos, conditioners, and serums to promote healthy hair. Argan oil, Bergamot oil, and Jojoba oil, Chamomile oil, and Rosemary oil are most beneficial for hair. The benefits include:
- Cedar wood oil improves blood flow to the scalp.
- Bergamot oil shows antibacterial effect on the scalp.
- Chamomile oil promotes hair growth by stimulating the blood flow to the scalp.
- Peppermint oil promotes hair growth by increasing the number of hair follicles.
- Jojoba oil softens and moisturizes the hair.
- Argan oil, with its antioxidant properties, nourishes and moisturizes the hair and scalp.
- Rosemary oil stimulates blood circulation to the hair roots, thereby increasing hair growth.
- Lavender oil imparts shine and conditioning to the hair.
How to Use Essential Oils
Aroma is described as a distinctive, typically pleasant smell. A good, pleasant smell promotes healing and well-being. Wouldn’t it be all the more beneficial if this were to happen using natural plant extracts? The therapy known as ‘aromatherapy’ does just that. In this form of therapy, essential oils from plants are used to enhance the well-being of both the mind and the body. Modern research indicates that there are beneficial effects of aromatherapy with essential oils on the human brain and body.
How is aromatherapy done?
Pour a few drops of the selected essential oil into an essential oil diffuser. Aromatic fumes which emit from the diffuser provide a soothing and relaxing effect.
How it works?
Research shows that essential oils stimulate certain areas of the brain which are vital for emotions, especially the hypothalamus. The feel-good hormone known as serotonin is released and the end-result is a relaxed feeling.
Health benefits of aromatherapy
- Relieves anxiety.
- Improves sleep quality.
- Eases stress.
- Creates a feeling of relaxation.
- Relieves depression.
- Relieves headache.
Which oils are used for aromatherapy?
The most commonly used oils in aromatherapy are lavender, lemon, cedar wood, chamomile, and bergamot essential oil.
Essential oil DIYs for facial care, body care, and hair care
Chamomile and Lavender Essential Oil Face Spray
Combine together 15 to 20 drops of Lavender essential oil with 2 to 5 drops of Chamomile essential oil. Add 60 to 100 mL of water and store in an amber colored bottle. Shake the bottle and spray the contents on your face whenever required (avoid spraying on the eyes).
Essential Oil Body Wash
This recipe requires half cup of Orange Peel Powder, 2 tsp of Rose Petal Powder, and 8 to 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
Make a lump-free mixture of all the dry powders in a mixing bowl. Add the lavender oil. Add required amount of water to make a smooth paste. Apply all over the body. Wash with lukewarm water.
Orange peel powder acts as an exfoliant and deep cleanser for the skin. Rose petal powder provides a healing and soothing effect to the skin. Lavender oil relaxes the body and provides the necessary moisture.
Essential oil and Multani Mitti (Fuller’s earth) Face Pack
For this recipe, you will need a half cup of Multani Mitti and 10 drops of Argan Oil.
Mix the two ingredients along with some water to make a smooth paste. Apply this pack on the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Wash after 15 to 20 minutes (or as soon as it dries up completely).
Aloe vera and Essential Oil Hair Mask
This recipe requires half cup of Aloe vera Powder, 3 tsp of Almond Oil, 5 drops of CedarWood Oil, 5 drops of Jojoba Oil, and 5 drops of Peppermint Oil.
Mix together all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use your fingers or a brush to apply the mixture to the scalp and along the length of the hair. Wash after 20 to 30 minutes. Regular use will impart shiny, silky, lustrous hair and a healthy scalp.
Essential oils may cause skin sensitivity. Use the essential oils in a diluted form by mixing with water or a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil. Avoid sun exposure immediately after using on skin (so it is better to use at night before going to bed).
Follow these tips and tricks to give an all-natural care for your skin and hair. You can buy 100% pure essential oils at Mesmara. Herbal powders and clays are also Mesmara’s special offerings. Mesmara also has a range of carrier oils to suit all your needs.
To your health!