Updated: Apr 28
I am an at home remedy book. Ever since I was a little kid my mother would smear some kind of garlic and tea on my elbows after playing at the playground if I got a cut. Or when I was sick she had me inhale chamomile tea to feel better and stop the cough. I could say I have grown up with this, even from childhood I valued the use of essential oils, and mother nature all around us. I've always thought, why not use what mother nature has given us? When I got older I turned to painkillers instead of lavender tea for a headache, and cold medicine instead of chamomile and garlic for antibiotic properties. This is a lot of strain on the liver! It wasn't until I visited home a few years ago that I remembered how useful mother nature is to us, and how loving!
Here are my top 10 essential oils for the skin that I have learned to use over my years of straining away from chemical pharmacy remedies. I will be skimming over the skin more for topical essential oils but if you would like something you can ingest or something for a flu I will write that in my next article.
Who could forget tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Australia. Tea tree oil is a beneficial essential oil for hair skin and nails. This oil has bacteria fighting properties that have been actually backed up by science! That's some great news for us home remedy lovers. I also have to mention it is inexpensive compared to many other great essential oils out there, and with so many benefits why not have under the kitchen sink all the time? It can be applied directly to the skin for healing! This essential oil has been known to help heal fungi infections, bacterial and even viral infections! This method has been used for generations by Aborigines for centuries! You can also inhale tea tree oil when you have a terrible cough, but we're here to talk more about the skin. It makes a natural insect repellent, hand sanitizer, And yes even deodorant. You can mix tea tree oil and coconut oil to use as a natural antibiotic cream for cuts and bruises. How amazing is this essential oil?
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most widely used essential oils in the home remedy field. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties it is used for anything from eczema to an antiseptic. The aroma coming from the smell has a sedative effect, being highly beneficial for relaxation, depression, sleep and anxiety. You will notice many people growing lavender outside their homes, I hope they are making great use of it! This is another essential oil I keep in my kitchen for its many uses. Put a few drops in a bath for a relaxing atmosphere or dilute it in coconut oil to put on your skin. So keep in mind depending on where you get your essential oil and the company some of them are safe directly on your skin and others would require a dilution.
Beautiful Rose essential oil
Rose oil is used in a variety of cosmetic and skin care products. It has vitamin A and vitamin c as well as anti-aging properties. Does oil create a beautiful layer on the skin smoothing out fine lines and help wrinkles over time due to the collagen properties. It is high in vitamins that are good for the skin, including retinoids, which is quite the rage these days. If this oil is well diluted or used in a rose water it's very useful to put on nightly for a person with acne as it calms down to inflammation and gives the skin the vitamins it needs to take care of the little acne scars.
Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense essential oil is like the more expensive cousin of rose oil. It has rose oil properties times 10. This oil helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles even more, and when combined with other ingredients this can really show even within a week! Frankincense oil contains many anti-aging properties as well as enough of vitamins to provide you with a healthy glow. It's yellowish orange tint definitely helps as it seeps into the skin almost like a tan. This oil was even used by Egyptians to create a youthful glow. If you can afford this oil it is definitely something I would use in my beauty care routine!
Pink grapefruit essential oil
This one is just a fun one. At a few drops of this in your body creams and notice the aroma brighten your mood. Citrus smells ranging from lemon, orange to grapefruit have shown to create a happy smell both refreshing and energizing. On top of the beautiful aroma it also contains many vitamins that help acne and oily skin. This will be good for the face or even the back.
Roman chamomile essential oil
If you are prone to dehydrated or dry skin, And this is the essential oil you will want. Camera mile has a very calming effect as well as moisturizing. Pretty few drops of chamomile essential oil in your coconut oil or jojoba oil for really dehydrated and/or sensitive skin. This is very useful for those with eczema as well. Children typically have sensitive skin and the younger the more sensitive. Use this as a home remedy for your child if they are out in the sun all day and need a little moisture in their skin.
Orange essential oil
So we've all talked about grapefruit now here is another family member in the citrus field. Orange essential oil is full of vitamin c which is great for a healthy glow and renewed skin. This oil has an amazing smell as well. I dab a little bit on my inner wrists and behind my ears when I need a little mood boost, especially in the morning. Depending on the essential oil company you buy from you can also add one or two drops in your morning water. Adding this to your lotion or body wash can also provide some beautiful nutrients as well as a breathtaking aroma.
Here's another widely used oil I'm sure everyone has heard of or seen in their products at least once. Lemongrass oil has antibacterial as well as anti-fungal properties. You could make your own antiseptic rub, clean with this oil or just use it on your skin as a protective barrier. Lemongrass also contains anti-aging antioxidants, which renews skin over time.
Peppermint essential oil
I could just go on and on about the benefits of this oil. This is another oil I would keep in the kitchen or for some people, in the bathroom. After a hard days work in the garden or out on my feet this oil can be used as a muscle relaxer. The aroma also creates a stress reducing effect. Rub some on behind your ears and under your nose and deeply inhale the beautiful relaxing scent. This oil will open your breathing airway as well as calm your mind. Rub some of this with coconut oil on whatever muscle is fatigue. On top of all those beautiful effects, peppermint oil is great for relieving itchy skin. Just one or two drops diluted in another oil can relieve an itch.
Rosemary essential oil
Talking about skin care for so long, here is an oil that is specifically beneficial for the scalp. Put some of this in your shampoo and watch your hair Have a healthy glow after just a few days. This oil also stimulates hair growth because it increases blood flow circulation. Added to a hair mask to increase the beneficial properties even more.
Many of these oils can be mixed together, diluted in another oil or even ingested if you buy it pure. So remember oils can be very strong and most of the time you only need one or two drops. In a bathtub I would recommend four to five drops and if you're interesting it only one drop. Some people can handle more but it's all based on your skin sensitivity. Consult with a doctor to make sure you are not allergic to anything or have a skin sensitivity to some of the properties these essential oils carry. Only by the best essential oils you can and if you can, USDA certified.
There's many more benefits to essential oils than just helping the skin. I hope this short list helps you explore deeper into the field of essential oils and home remedies mother nature has to offer.