Aromatherapy Oils


Essential Oils can be used:

  • To cleanse the skin
  • To nourish the skin
  • To tone the skin
  • For steaming the skin. Steaming instructions here.
  • For massage.
  • And for treatment of skin conditions

Essential oils are often used as alternative treatments to skin ailments. They not only treat all types of skin problems, but are wonderful for daily skin care.

Essential oils are well known for their ability to destroy viruses and bacteria, regulate hormones and calm / soothe (anti-inflammatory).

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Where do Essential Oils come from?

    Essential oils are derived from many places including the roots, leaves, stems, bark, flowers and the peel of fruit. The oil is extracted most commonly by steam distillation (some citrus oils for example are extracted by cold expression).

    When choosing an essential oil

    You can use one or up to four different essential oils in a carrier oil. Essential oils should never exceed 3.5% of your final skin preparation.

    Safety Tips

  • Most essential oils are safe to be used at home, if used correctly. Please consult a reliable source to determine whether a specific essential oil is safe or not. Always keep your essential oils away from the reach of small children.
  • Most essential oils need to be mixed into a carrier oil, because they could cause irritation to the skin. Exceptions to this rule is lavender which is often applied neat on burns and tea tree oil, which is used neat on athletes foot. Rose otto and Sandalwood are sometimes used neat as perfume.
  • Mandarin essential oil is slightly phototoxic, and sunlight should be avoided after use, as it may discolour the skin.
  • Juniper is known to cause skin irritations and should be used sparingly.
  • Always avoid getting an essential oil in your eyes.

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Some Essential Oils to Choose from

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What about Carrier Oils

Essential oils are potent and are therefore hardly ever used in their pure form on the skin. They need an oil called a carrier oil to dilute with. Carrier oils are gentler and are mostly nut, seed or vegetable based.  Cold pressed carrier oils are always better to use than their industrially extracted counterparts, because they contain far more vitamins, trace elements and fatty acids.

When choosing a carrier oil

Always choose oils that are compatible with your skin type and age. You can also use a blend of carrier oils. Sweet almond oil and olive oil are two carrier oils that can be used for all types of skin including aging and sensitive skin.

The carrier oils you use are important, as they can either improve or diminish the effect of an essential oil used.

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Some Carrier Oils to Choose from

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When Blending Aromatherapy Oils

If you are mixing for just one massage session, here are the amounts needed:

  • 15ml carrier oil
  • 15 drops of essential oils

You can make larger batches, if you like. A mixture of a carrier oil and essential oils usually has a shelf life of 3 months. For every ml of carrier oil a drop of essential oil can be added.

When buying an essential oil, keep in mind that every 1ml is equal to 40 drops.

Always store your aromatherapy oils in a dark glass container as light will reduce the effectiveness of your oils.

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Aromatherapy and Facial Massage

A regular massage with essential oils (suited to your skin) is recommended for all skin types. Aromatherapy massage will improve blood circulation, tone the skin and release toxins.

While massaging your face, you can either use the tips of your fingers or the pads of your fingers to rub in circular motions or you can lightly pinch the skin to stimulate blood flow.

Face & Scalp Massage - Aromatherapy Techniques

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Reference:

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