Usually, when you think of healthy skin, your mind jumps to diet, nutrition and even exercise. Whilst all of these activities are important for achieving healthy skin & hair, there is one that can be overlooked. In this article, we will explore 8 essential oils for healthy skin and hair. Including a summary of each oil, how they can benefit you and how to use them. You can also find a variety of different essential oils blends and recipes for achieving healthy skin and hair. Are you ready to nourish your skin and give your locks some natural shine?!
8 Essential Oils For Healthy Skin & Hair
Before we dive into the 8 different essential oils, a quick note on how to use essential oils. With the odd exception to safe oils such as tea tree, all essential oils should be diluted in a base or carrier oil, before being applied to the skin. This is a lot easier then it sounds! There are many different carrier oils that you can use, most of which you can find in your local supermarket. Carrier oils include; grapeseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil and many many more.
1. Clary Sage For All Skin & Hair Types
Clary Sage essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers. Although it has many benefits, in this article we will focus on the benefits of Clary Sage for healthy skin & hair.
Found in many facial products such as facial cleansers, Clary Sage is beneficial for all skin types and can regulate oil production, reducing inflammation of the skin.
Clary Sage can aid in treating dandruff as it limits the sebum produced in the scalp. It can also help to reduce hair loss.
Avoid if pregnant or lactating or if you suffer from hypertension.
2. Frankincense For Improved Skin Tone
Frankincense essential oil is sourced from tree resin.
Known as one of the best essential oils for skin care, Frankincense can help with wrinkles, dry skin and sensitive skin. Its qualities can help to improve the elasticity and tone of skin, which makes it a great choice to help with prevent signs of ageing.
According to a review published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, frankincense oil can help with skin irritation, reducing redness. Studies suggest that it’s the pentacyclic triterpene (steroid-like) structure of frankincense oil that produces a soothing effect on irritated skin.
3. Geranium For Beautiful & Radiant Skin
Extracted from the stems, leaves and flowers of the Geranium plant. Geranium has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a soothing essential oil to help boost healthy skin.
Geranium can be used in the treatment of infected skin, acne and other skin infections. As Geranium is also an astringent, this makes it a great essential oil to help improve muscle tone, reduce wrinkles and help to eliminate cellulite.
Valuable in skincare as it balances sebum production, Geranium promotes naturally healthy skin. Geranium also helps to treat broken capillaries/ spider veins.
Geranium is very easy to use, you can simply add a few drops of high-quality essential oil to your face cream, face oil, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. It can also help to combat dandruff and give healthy hair with a natural shine.
Avoid if pregnant or lactating.
4. Mandarin For Reducing Scars & Stretchmarks
Mandarin essential oil is extracted from the outer rind of the mandarin fruit and has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine.
A gentle safe oil, Mandarin has calming and healing properties. Mandarin prevents bacteria and fungal development, helping to prevent infection of irritated skin.
You can help to promote healthy skin and reduce the visibility of scar tissues and stretchmarks, by simply adding a few drops of Mandarin essential oil to your body cream or oil, and apply this directly to the scar.
As Mandarin is a safe oil, it can be used for children or during pregnancy. Mix Mandarin with Lavender and Neroli, to help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy. This can be massaged onto the abdomen from the fifth month until childbirth.
5. Neroli To Rejuvenate Mature Skin
Neroli is steam distilled from the fragrant flowers of the orange blossom tree and was used by Ancient Egyptian priests and priestesses to heal their bodies, minds and spirits.
Neroli can help to regenerate skin and rejuvenate mature skin. It has the ability to revive skin at its cellular level, making it beneficial for wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.
As it helps to maintain the right oil balance in the skin, Neroli is great for all skin types.
Neroli is predominately a safe oil and is not known to be toxic, however as with all essential oils, it is best to take precaution and dilute them in a carrier oil or an alternative such as body lotion.
6. Rosemary For Healthy Hair Growth
Rosemary essential oil is extracted from the evergreen shrub and has an earthy woody aroma.
Rosemary essential oil can not only help to promote healthy hair growth, but it can also treat and combat certain types of baldness. According to a study from the NCBI, Rosemary promoted and improved hair regrowth in cases of male pattern baldness/ female pattern baldness. Which are believed to be related to a persons genetics or sex hormones.
Along with promoting healthy hair growth, Rosemary can also help to prevent dandruff. Rosemary can be helpful for healthy skin, by alleviating eczema and acne, although it a primarily known in skin care for its healthy hair properties.
Avoid if pregnant/ lactating or if you suffer with epilepsy.
7. Rose Otto For Many Skin Types
Distilled from the beautiful flowers of the rose plant, we all associate rose with love, affection and romance. Although Rose Otto essential oil has many benefits including that of being an aphrodisiac and it being beneficial for stress relief, let’s look closer at its healthy skin properties.
Rose Otto is a powerful antioxidant, which is known to fight the free radicals that can cause ageing. This makes it effective for reducing the signs of ageing and wrinkles.
As Rose Otto has astringent properties, this can help with broken capillaries and varicose veins, by constricting tiny blood vessels. This also makes it a great natural skin toner by tightening pores promoting healthy skin.
Rose Otto is an all-around great essential oil for promoting healthy skin. It is good for all skin types, has anti-ageing properties and promotes healing. Rose Otto also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it great to soothe ailments including burns, acne and psoriasis.
As well as Rose Otto, Rose Absolute is also distilled from the rose plant. Although they are very similar, being from the same source, they differ in their production. Rose Otto is extracted from the plant, and heated in pure water to gather the oil. Whereas Rose Absolute is derived through solvent extraction. It uses fewer rose flowers, making it a cheaper alternative but if you are looking for higher quality, I would recommend Rose Otto.
As it can take up to 60 rose petals to create one drop of this oil, it can be one of the more expensive essential oils. Be cautious if you find a cheap offer for Rose Otto, as it may be Rose Otto diluted in a carrier oil, or mixed with other essential oils.
8. Tea Tree For Infected Skin
Tea Tree oil is derived from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia. It has many different beneficial health properties and it is a must-have for your natural medicinal collection.
Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal essential oil. It can help with many ailments including skin conditions such as acne, dry scalp and dandruff, wounds and skin irritations, burns, stings and insect bites.
I used to make a pot of homemade tea tree balm every spring to help soothe insect bites. However over the years, I got bitten less and less, perhaps the tea tree oil repelled the insects as well!
Another brilliant use of tea tree oil is its insecticidal effects, making it great for combatting headlice! I personally used this when I was a child, putting a few drops of tea tree oil neat onto my scalp after shampooing in the shower. After only about a couple of weeks of this simple treatment, my headlice were gone.
Tea tree oil is generally considered a safe oil. I have used this neat without diluting it in a carrier oil. However, I would recommend carrying out a patch test first before applying neat.
Bonus Recipe: Homemade DIY Conditioner For Healthy Hair
This DIY hair conditioner uses essential oils but allows you to customise your blend based on your personal requirements. Apple cider vinegar is great for healthy hair, as it restores the natural PH level of the scalp giving your hair a healthy shine.
Total Time: 2 minutes
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
- 10 drops of essential oils ( you could use any of the ones mentioned above for healthy hair or mix 5 drops of each etc.)
- Container – BPA-free plastic bottles or glass bottle with a spray dispenser
- Add the water and apple cider vinegar to an 8-ounce spray bottle. Add essential oils and then top up the liquid with some more water so that it is full.
- Shake bottle before using and then spray hair.
- Leave in hair for five minutes to soak, then rinse off.
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