Essential oils are becoming more and more popular on a global scale. That they are harvested from different kinds of plants, herbs, and trees — and later on extracted through steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping — makes them more effective than the botanicals themselves.
These concentrated plant extracts boast endless benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. When used aromatically, you can refresh your soul with their calming scent and therapeutic properties. When used topically, you can treat wounds and relieve pain. When used internally, you can amp up the flavor of some of your favorite dishes.
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Chances are you’ve gotten into the habit of using it with only these three methods in mind. Here’s a hot tip: Incorporate it into your beauty routine.
According to the New York Institute of Beauty, essential oils can make a great addition to your favorite skin care products. In fact, it’s been widely used to enhance spa sessions and facial treatments, yielding amazing results. You may be missing your derma appointments in the pre-COVID-19 world, but for now, it would be best to stay at home and practice self-care with the most versatile essential oils you have in your stash.
Need a guide as you go solo for your next facial? While some DIYs seem effortful and time-consuming, these processes crafted by essential oils world leader Young Living are anything but. Importantly, American College of Healthcare Sciences recommends conducting a skin patch test before you get started as some bottles may be too potent that they may irritate your skin.
Rejuvenating face mask
Picture this in your mind: a beautiful, radiant skin without the use of too much chemicals. If you feel like this is what you need at present, you can make your own rejuvenating face mask by combining a tablespoon of honey, lemon juice, ground nutmeg, and powdered cinnamon in a bowl. Add two drops of nutmeg essential oil and cinnamon bark essential oil, then stir until it forms a thick paste that can stick to your face. Let it stay there for about 20 minutes before you rinse it off.
Tired of dealing with oily skin? Mix together five tablespoons of organic aloe vera gel, 20 drops of lavender essential oil, ten drops of tea tree essential oil, and 1-2 drops of cinnamon bark essential oil, then apply it on your face. You may store the remaining gel in an airtight glass container for 15-20 days.
With an exfoliating cleanser, you can give your skin the light-up-the-room glow it deserves. Simply blend a teaspoon of baking soda, coconut or jojoba oil, and five drops of geranium essential oil in a container. Rubbing a small amount of it in your face gently for 30-60 seconds can bring about a glowy boost you’d love to have again and again.
A healthy skin always looks fresh. Achieve that with a good combination of ¼ mashed ripe avocado, a teaspoon of honey, and jojoba or coconut oil. In addition to some much-needed hydration, you can have the bonus of turning back the clock with two drops of helichrysum essential oil that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Spread the mask evenly across your face, leave it on for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.
Lemon-infused peeling mask
If you have uneven skin tone and texture, whisk together two egg whites, a teaspoon of lemon juice, two drops of lemon essential oil, and a drop of cedarwood essential oil. This lemon-infused peeling mask specifically targets the appearance of blemishes. Apply it on your face, peel it off after 15-20 minutes, repeat the process for 2-3 weeks, and voila! Say hello to a flawless skin that lasts.
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