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