Essentials oils can be added to your beauty products, used for aromatherapy or consumed. Different oils have different effects on the mood and body. I sometimes add mint or lavender to my hair spritzes (made of mostly water and a touch of conditioner) for a fresh clean scent.
The downtown salon I work for burns lemongrass to create a calming atmosphere.
I add several drops of lemon essential oil to my hot water to drink. Like fresh lemon, it helps cleanse/alkalize the body.
Finally, I was recommended nutmeg oil when I was transitioning to a vegan diet to help minimize my headaches. As an old wive’s tale goes, you simply place a few drops behind your ears or on your temple area. Unfortunately, this did not work for me.
There are, however, dozens of essential oils on the market than can be easily found at your local health store. Here are some others and what they’re used for:
Bergamot – treats nervousness, insomnia, acne, eczema, psoriasis
Camphor – treats congestion, muscular pain
Cinnamon – treats chills, fatigue, flatulence, infections
Clary Sage – treats hot flushes and PMS
Eucalyptus – treats congestion, bronchitis and other respiratory afflictions
Frankincense – reduces tension and promotes skin regeneration
Lavender – treats inflammation, congestion, cough, muscular pain, headache, nervousness, and insomnia
Lemon – antiseptic/antibacterials, reduces oiliness of skin
Lemon grass – tonic, analgesic, treats anxiety
Patchouli – reduces oiliness of skin, acts as a perfume
Peppermint – treats headaches, muscular pain, and indigestion
Rosemary – treats muscular pain, congestion, and poor blood circulation
Tea tree oil – treats acne, lice, gingivitis, and other minor infections
Thyme – treats infections and sore throat, expectorant (brings up phlegm)
Ylang Ylang – skin tonic, relaxant, aphrodisiac
Essential oils do not dissolve in water. They stay on the surface of the water.
Due to being highly concentrated (which can irritate the skin with direct contact), it is recommended you mix them with a base oil (eg. avocado oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, or wheat germ oil). It is also recommended that you speak to a doctor before using essential oils to treat a condition, as it may interact with prescription medication or a previous condition.
If you’d like to incorporate essential oils into your beauty regimen, start by adding your favourite to your current body lotion or conditioner. Happy mixing!