I know I tend to go on about Comfrey, yet there are also other ingredients that rock, and these are Essential Oils.
If I went into all the benefits of Essential Oils I might be here all day, there is quiet a few though. Essential oils are not to be confused with perfumed oils, which just smell lovely – these super stars are made by almost capturing the pure essence of the plant and hence their magic. This means they also capture the many many healing properties of the plants, which we can in turn benefit from by either using them through their aroma such as in aromatherapy or by using with a carrier oil/base directly on the skin itself.
These can easily be used everyday for a multitude of uses; If you have a trouble sleeping try lavender, nauseous try a bit of ginger, in enhance your brain power and memory try rosemary, tea tree oil works a treat on athlete’s foot and grapefruit is uplifting and brings joy….
These oils have been used and highly valued for thousands of years, from Egyptians used Frankincense, cedar and myrrh as part of the mummification process for their ability to preserve and embalm. They were also used in Persia, Greece, India and China – and that legacy carries on today in our uses of the oils, be it in products, perfumes, aromatherapy massages and air vaporisers.
Here are some of the benefits of just a few of the key Essential Oils I use;
Bergamot Essential Oil support the bodies healing it helps to reduce the feeling of pain, works with the skins pigmentation and melanin to even the tone, and it has both a calming effect on the nerves.
Palma Rosa is a very gentle on the skin, yet has a powerhouse of properties, it promotes the growth of new and old skin cell renewal and rejuvenation all while it helps to repair any damage. And on top of this it is hydrating, in how it supports the skin tissues retain their moisture especially good on cracked dry skin, all while it’s lovely scent is uplifting and calming.
Neroli Essential Oil has many benefits, it cares for the skin making it smooth, glowing and helps it to maintain the right moisture and oil balance. On top of this is supports tissue regeneration and is a powerful anti-depressant, so it cheers up your spirit as well as your skin.
Frankincense Oil promotes the regeneration of new skin cells and increases the health of the existing cells and tissue, it is known for its astringent properties which tone and life the skin, contracting the muscles and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks and scars. It also helps to relieve pain relating to rheumatism and arthritis, and acts as a coagulant, helping to stop bleeding from wounds and cuts.
Juniper Oil has the qualities of being an Antiseptic, Antirheumatic improving blood circulation, Antispasmodic assisting in the relief of cramps and pain, Astringent, Carminative, Depurative in how it purifies, Diuretic, Stimulant in supporting cellular healing, Tonic – in how it tones and the skin. Lastly it is also a vulnerary which means it supports wounds and cuts, and skin heal faster while keeping them protected against further infections.
The ability of Rosemary Essential Oil to relieve pain has resulted in its extensive use in treating headaches, muscle pains, rheumatism and arthritis. It is also anti-inflammatory qualities as well, which makes it very good for relieving the pain from sprains and joint aches. It is also known to stimulate blood circulation, which can relieve pain and also aid in coagulation of wounds for faster healing.
Grapefruit Essential Oil has a great many uses, it’s especially good for the skin due to it’s properties as an Antioxidant, Tonic, Stimulant (Energising), Antidepressant. It also works as a Diuretic and Lymphatic, of which the last two also makes it a great detoxifier of the skin and body.
“This is my first time using a body oil and I LOVE IT. It is a treat to the body and senses -- feels great on the skin and smells delicious. As it is important to know what I'm applying on my skin and then washing out into the environment, this body oil is made of natural ingredients and I appreciate that. I look forward to pampering my skin daily now after a shower. Thanks, Michelle”.