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Essential Oil Beauty Treatments – Non Toxic DIY Self Care

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Essential oils are the concentrated essences from plants. They are made using a process called distillation to produce the water-insoluble “liquid” oil from the plant. I am a huge fan of essential oils. They can be used in so many ways to support health for you and your home. This article discusses the ways they can be used in beauty treatments and offers  multiple recipes for do-it-yourself simple, non-toxic alternatives for your at-home beauty routine.

DIY ESSENTIAL OIL PREPARATIONS ARE SAFE ALTERNATE BEAUTY TREATMENTS

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, applying chemicals on our skin or scalp could be worse than eating them. When you eat, enzymes in the saliva and stomach break down what’s consumed and this supports its elimination from the body. However, chemicals on the skin are absorbed into the bloodstream without any filtering. It is staggering to think what years of long-term use could do. I began using only 100% natural, non-toxic skin products many years ago. You can find these in natural food stores or online. They are also very easy to make at home. We’ll explore several natural beauty treatment recipes for skin, hair, and more.

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EASY AT HOME FACEMASK

Clay facial masks are used for deep cleaning, moisturizing, and discouraging skin breakouts. They are made with bentonite clay and have been used throughout history. Bentonite clay pulls toxins and chemicals. It also helps provide oxygen to cells and has an soothing effect. Bentonite clay is rich in beneficial minerals such as: magnesium, silica, and calcium. When mixed together with healing and antibacterial essential oils, this clay creates a mask that can safely and effectively be used to support healthy skin.

This cleansing and nourishing clay mask is easy to make and can be prepared with your favorite essential oils. This recipe makes enough for one facial mask. It is suggested that that these beauty treatments are applied weekly for best results.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons bentonite clay
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 drops of your favorite essential oil (I love rose oil)

Directions

  • Combine clay, vinegar, and essential oils in bowl and stir until well combined
  • Apply to clean skin, avoiding areas around eyes and mouth
  • Let dry for 5-15 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Note: Bentonite clay can be purchased at your local health food store or online. When working with the clay, it is best not to use a metal bowl or spoon with bentonite clay as it can make it less effective.

Many use the following essential oils in a facemask for selected benefits:

  • Frankincense – reduces appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates skin
  • Lavender – soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil) – promotes a clear, healthy complexion
  • Or try any combination of the three oils

SOOTHING BODY SUGAR SCRUB

Exfoliation is an important part of caring for the skin. This is a process where you gently remove dead skin to unclog pores, promoting the regeneration of skin cells, and removing toxins and dirt from the skin. Exfoliation supports healthy radiant skin.

Both salt and sugar can be used for natural scrubs that provide exfoliation – the sloughing off dead skin cells to allow the skin underneath to become hydrated and rejuvenated. Combined with pure natural ingredients like essential oils, these scrubs can be invigorating, spirit-lifting experiences. Salt scrubs tend to be a bit coarser and seem to work a little harder than the gentler sugar scrubs, so they are good for skin that is dry and calloused (feet, elbows). Sugar scrubs are gentler than salt scrubs because the sugar granule is round (vs. the sharper edges of the salt granules). They are better for sensitive skin and are the scrub of choice for the face. Sugar scrubs are less drying and pair well with essential oils for soothing, natural beauty treatments.

This scrub takes only a few ingredients and can easily be customized with your favorite essential oils.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops myrrh essential oil

Directions

  • Combine sugar, coconut oil and essential oils in a bowl.
  • Slowly massage onto face
  • Rinse with warm water

Tip: In place of sugar in this recipe, you could use sea salt a scrub for tougher skin, such as feet or elbows. Alternatives to fractionated coconut oil include almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil.

Essential oils in a sugar scrub are often chosen for their properties with skin:

  • Lavender – Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Myrrh – Soothes the skin; promotes a smooth, youthful-looking complexion
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EPSOM SALT BATH

Who doesn’t love a hot soak to relax after a long day?

Essential oils in can be used with Epsom salt baths. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate.   In the bath, they are absorbed through the skin and are known to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation. Magnesium is important in many body functions, including regulatation of many of your body’s enzymes, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches. With the Espom Salt bath, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, or lemon essential oil can be added for further relaxation. You can even add a few drops of grapefruit oil. If you do not have a bathtub, an Epsom salt foot soak is a great alternative.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (or more) Epsom salt
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Add to your warm bath water and enjoy!

Essential oils in an Epsom salt bath are purported to have soothing properties:

  • Lavender – soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Eucalyptus – soothes tired, sore muscles and supports overall respiratory health
  • Peppermint – promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. If you use in the morning provides an uplifting energy.
  • Lemon – naturally cleanses the body and support healthy respiratory function

NATURAL ACNE SPRAY

Acne can be associated with the oil gland at the base of hair follicles. There is “clumping” that occurs at the base of the hair follicle that results in a plug, and this plug gets infected with bacteria, which then swells. A pimple then develops when the plug begins to break down. Treatments often target the swelling and inflammation, as well as the bacteria on the skin. With its antibacterial and soothing properties, can be helpful for acne.

Ingredients

  • Empty 2oz spray bottle
  • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • Warm water

Add melaleuca oil to empty spray bottle. Fill bottle with warm water, leaving room for the spray top, then gently mix. Spray onto an organic cotton pad or ball and apply to skin. This can even be used on the acne-prone areas of the back.

The essential oil used in acne spray is:

  • Melaleuca – Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. Promotes a clear, healthy complexion.

DRY SKIN LOTION

Dry skin results when skin doesn’t retain enough moisture. This can happen from frequent bathing, the use of harsh soaps, as you get older, or if you have certain medical conditions. And for those of us who live in colder climates, cold, dry winter air can contribute to dry skin. Skin moisturizers are used to rehydrate the top layer of skin cells and seal in the moisture, and can be very helpful in combating dry skin.  Here is a gentle, natural lotion you can make at home for dry skin treatment.

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup beeswax (can be ordered online)
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup cocoa butter
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil

Directions

  • Measure all ingredients, except for essential oils, in large mason jar
  • Place jar in saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of boiling water to melt down beeswax
  • Stir ingredients until combined and melted
  • Remove from heat. Let rest 3 minutes.
  • Add essential oils and stir
  • Pour mixture into silicone mold shapes of your choice
  • Once set remove from molds and store in an air tight container

Just rub lotion bar on skin for extreme moisture

Inspiration for essential oils to try in a dry skin lotion are:

  • Citrus – Provides important antioxidants and positively affects mood with energizing and refreshing properties.
  • Peppermint – Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing. If you use in the morning provides an uplifting energy.
  • Lavender – Soothes occasional skin irritations

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CHAPPED LIPS RELIEF

Ingredients

  • Empty roller bottle (these can be purchased inexpensively online)
  • 15 drops frankincense
  • 15 drops lavender (or 8 drops lavender and 7 drops of essential oil of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of carrier oil of your choice

Add ingredients to an empty roller bottle and mix. Apply to lips.

It is best to place the mixture in a dark glass container to support the stability of the oils when stored for future use.

Essential oils for chapped lips are:

  • Lavender – Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Frankincense – Reduces appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates skin

SPA DAY DEEP CONDITIONER

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that nourish and moisturize the scalp and hair.  It penetrates the hair follicles well and with regular use, can improve scalp health. You can easily replace expensive, deep-conditioning salon treatments by making natural beauty treatments yourself, incorporating wonderful-smelling essential oils.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 drops of your favorite essential oils
  • mixer

Try one or a combination of: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium or Clary Sage

Directions:

  1. Put coconut oil, olive oil, and essential oils in mixing bowl
  2. Mix on medium/high speed for 5 minutes or until ingredients are whipped to a thick and creamy consistency
  3. When whipped, apply to clean dry hair
  4. Comb through with wide tooth comb to evenly distribute
  5. Let sit 15-20 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and style as desired
  6. Repeat once a week or as often as desired

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ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE?

When using essential oils, it’s important to read the label and follow any guidelines found there. Some oils are safe only when used in specific ways, so be sure to pay attention and heed the recommendations.

Essential oils have been proven safe when used as instructed. It’s important to remember that the quality of the oil determines how safe it actually is.

Always choose pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils that do not contain any fillers. Oftentimes the oils found at your local health food store are not therapeutic grade. While they may smell nice, they will not help to restore balance and health to the body.

Have fun with these natural beauty treatments using essential oils. Invite some friends over for a spa party and share these natural, DIY beauty treatment preparations!

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NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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