From turning your bath into a healing soak to cleaning your kitchen, there isn’t much essential oils can’t do
The ancient peoples of Egypt, China, Greece, India, and Rome used the beneficial properties of distilled plant essences to change their moods and emotions, and to care for their bodies. Today, more than ever, aromas are being used as therapies—and even as homemade cleaning solutions for a fresh, naturally clean home.
Numerous studies support the healing effects of aromatic plant oils to reduce headaches, increase focus, calm anxiety, improve sleep, and keep skin healthy and radiant. Researchers have found that certain essential oils can even help kill off the deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli bacteria.
Concentrated essential oils are, on average, 70 times more potent than the plants from which they are extracted. Pure essential oils are fat-soluble and contain hormones, vitamins, and other natural elements of the plants. And, thanks to their small molecular size, they have the unique ability to be absorbed through the skin and move directly into the bloodstream, producing a positive physiological effect on the body.
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Essential oils can be antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent, cell-regenerative, or wound-healing, depending on the properties of the plant. Adding aromatherapy to your favorite serums, moisturizers, or creams can make them more effective. Keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated botanical extracts and should never be ingested or applied to the skin at full strength.
To balance oily skin
Add a few drops of geranium oil to your skincare products, which helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. Geranium is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and has antioxidant properties. It also improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. The scent of geranium is uplifting and can ease stress.
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To regenerate aging skin
Add a few drops of frankincense to your face lotion or serum. This oil helps smooth wrinkles, tighten skin, and even out pigmentation. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, promoting healing of cuts. And the oil’s scent supports immune health and is calming and relaxing.
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Get glowing skin
One of the best ways to get glowing skin from your neck to your toes is by using a scrub enhanced with essential oils such as lavender. In a bowl, combine two cups of fine sea salt or sugar with one cup of carrier oil, such as grapeseed, almond, or olive oil. Add 30 drops of lavender, orange, or ginger essential oil, stir all ingredients until blended, and apply in a gentle circular motion.
Give your hair and scalp a refreshing conditioning treatment
By placing a few drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil directly on a natural bristle hairbrush (which also conditions and protects the bristles).
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Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaner
This blend is extremely effective, due to its disinfectant and antibacterial properties, and leaves a delightful fragrance. Use it for all kitchen surfaces, including the floor. Keep the blend in a brown glass bottle and store away from light and heat.
The Clean Kitchen Synergistic Blend
- Lavender: 8 drops
- Lemon: 10 drops
- Eucalyptus: 5 drops
- Bois de rose: 8 drops
- Palma rosa: 3 drops
Mix together. Use 8 drops per 2½ cups water.
—Excerpted from The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-toxic & Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and A Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann Worwood.