Top 12 Essential Oils for Healthy Skin

Skincare and Essential Oils

One of the simplest and most natural ways to care for your skin is incorporating essential oils. Here are the top 12 essential oils (in alphabetical order) essential to your skin’s health:

  1. Bergamot
  2. Cedarwood
  3. Chamomile
  4. Frankincense
  5. Geranium
  6. Lavender
  7. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
  8. Myrrh
  9. Neroli
  10. Rose
  11. Rosewood
  12. Sandlewood

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Essential oils are great for skincare and very versatile. Although most are fairly gentle, you should always be cautions when putting anything on your skin. Test first to make sure you don’t have any sensitivities or allergies to the oil, as everyone’s skin reacts different. Additionally, some of these oils should be diluted when used topically so make sure and research each oil before you decide to use one. I keep a pump of carrier oil (I prefer food grade sesame oil) in my bathroom to dilute many of these oils when applying them to my body.

  1. Bergamot-

    Versatile oil used for hormonal support and antibacterial properties. Bergamot works great for skin conditions associated with oily complexions and helps with the distribution of pigments and melanin, evening out skin tones. This oil is used often to eliminate effects of acne and scars and marks that have aged. Bergamot can make skin UV sensitive for up to 36 hours so use with care. Oil should be diluted when used topically.

  2. Cedarwood-

    Regularizes sebum production, which makes it great for acne treatment and eczema therapy. Cedarwood oil also promotes hair growth, is antibacterial and is a lympatic stimulate. This oil is great for treating dandruff, dermatitis and oily skin. Used in high concentrations, Cedarwood Oil may produce irritations on the skin so use in judicious quantities.

  3. Chamomile-

    All hail the calming neutralizer of skin irritants! Chamomile is the all around helper of the essential oils for skincare. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic oil great for treating sensitive skin for acne, eczema and scar tissue. Chamomile is also a natural skin lightener that promotes a healthy glow as it heals and restores skin’s natural moisture content. It is also great to use with other oils as it increases the penetration and effectiveness of other skincare topicals.

  4. Frankincense-

    With a rich history of use as an essential oil, is an important immune stimulant that has the ability to turn off the DNA of cancer cells and restore skin to a healthy state. Frankincense is cytophylactic, which means when applied topically, it helps to eliminate scars, marks after boils, acne pox, and sun spots. It is also great for treating dry skin and regeneration of healthy cells to generally tone and tighten skin all over the body. This makes it great for treating micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks. Frankincense oil can be used undiluted.

  5. Geranium-

    One of the most versatile skincare essential oils. What can’t Geranium do? It is regenerative and healing with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Geranium improves blood flow and acts as an astringent, which makes the skin, tissues and blood vessels contract. When used alone, it can prevent sagging, loose skin and because of its’ astringent qualities, can help prevent wrinkles from forming. Geranium is good for treating dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, vitiligo, scars and skin spots. It also encourages dead skin cells to be recycled and stimulates the production of new cells resulting in more radiant skin.

  6. Lavender-

    One of the most commonly used essential oils, Lavender oil inhibits the bacteria that causes skin infections and helps to regulate the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal regulation. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that promotes tissue regeneration and stimulates the upper layer of skin rejuvenation. Lavender oil is great for perineal repair, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scaring, stretch marks and burns.

  7. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)-

    The ultimate disinfecting oil. Tea Tree is anti-microbial, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, all properties making it a great treatment for fighting acne. The oil penetrates the blockage between your skin and the glands and is great at disinfecting pores and drying out whiteheads and blackheads. Tea Tree oil is also great for treating dandruff because of its’ different moisturizing properties while soothing itchy scalp. It can be intense on sensitive skin so you should make sure to test it before use. People suffering from eczema should be cautious in using Tea Tree oil.

  8. Myrrh-

    Prevents signs of aging and is great for soothing cracked or chapped skin. Myrrh is also a great essential oil to use on wrinkled skin or to sooth painful stretch marks.

  9. Neroli-

    Increases blood flow and helps keep skin healthy by promoting skin cell regeneration and preserves skin elasticity. Neroli oil is also great for use on scars, stretch marks, thread veins and wrinkles. It can help relieve under eye circles, balance oil production and clean dirt and bacteria from pores. Neroli is labor intensive to produce which makes it a bit pricey and in turn, harder to find in your local stores.

  10. Rose-

    Contains a complex collection of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Rose oil has excellent emollient properties, which makes it an ideal skin moisturizer. This oil is great for refining skin’s texture and controlling psoriasis and dermatitis. Rose oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent and is a good option for reducing appearance of scars and wrinkles.

  11. Rosewood-

    Natural anti-aging oil that is great at minimizing fine lines, wrinkles, treating acne and improves skin’s elasticity, keeping skin healthy, tight and firm.

  12. Sandlewood-

    Mostly used for acne, wrinkles and scars. Sandlewood has a toning effect, which helps in tightening pores and improving skin texture. This oil is also said to revitalize skin by inhibiting many types of cancerous cell growth.

 

Again, each person is different so make sure you test oils before you use them on your skin and gauge your sensitivity. Diluting the oils with a carrier oil is a good way to minimize your sensitivity and to make your essential oil supply last a bit longer. There are also tons of fantastic ways to incorporate oils into your beauty products and routines (recipes coming soon!) so you are bound to find a formula and application that works for you.

 

 

 

 

Rose Tea Time!

A large part of skincare is not what you put ON your skin but what you put IN it! Nutrition is such a fundamental factor in healthy skin, which includes not only what you eat but also what you drink. Teas have been used for millennia for their medicinal properties. I was so excited to find one that specifically promoted a healthy complexion and, BONUS!, it tastes delicate and wonderful too.

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The Vital Tea Leaf

A few years ago, my good friend Angel (who is also an amazing designer and seamstress; Check out her etsy shop, Glam Cloud if you like cute dresses) turned me on to this tea. She took me to the Vital Tea Leaf and it was an amazing experience. Their store is located in by Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market and you should plan on your visit lasting awhile. One store wall is lined with Chinese teas from Pu-erh, Green, Black, Red to Herbal and Floral. It is set up like a ceremonial tea bar and they will guide you, new and seasoned, through a tea tasting wonderland. I saw a gentleman wander in off of the street with a stomachache and in 10 minutes they had his stomach settled with a Pu-erh for digestion. They truly know their stuff.

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About Siberian Rose Tea

The tea itself is a beautiful mauve pink and grows in the northeastern region of China near Siberia. It is subtly aromatic and smells like a rose garden. Daily use of the Siberian Rose tea is said to give you a healthy complexion, promote skin hydration, and act as a gentle sleep aid. It is helpful in clearing toxins and restoring balance to the intestines. Rose teas are very high in vitamin C, which is an important component in maintaining healthy and radiant skin. The Chinese have also used this tea to balance female hormones and endocrine imbalances. I find this extremely helpful for keeping harmony with my skin throughout the month.

How To Steep It

Making the Siberian Rose Tea is simple but there were a few tips to share that improve the cup. When the folks at Vital Tea Leaf prepared the teas, they said that you should always do a rinse pour before you steep. Teas have been dried, shipped, and stored in a range of conditions (none of which you know!) and this insures that you rinse off a lot of dust or debris that may have accumulated. You can also incorporate other teas that complement the rose to make the flavor more complex. I prefer to add Osmanthus tea to my brew. This tea is a neuroprotective, free-radical scavenging, antioxidant.

To prepare, add a few buds (a heaping tablespoon) and a pinch of Osmanthus to a large tea basket. Make sure you give the tea room to move around in the basket. After a discarded rinse pour, steep your tea in 8 ounces of water at about 160 degrees for about 30 seconds. The roses are delicate so make sure your water is not too hot or it may become bitter. That’s it! You are ready to enjoy, but don’t throw out your basket of goodies just yet. After you drink your cup, I’m sure you’ll want more. This tea is good for several steeps and I think it gets better on the second go-round.

Where To Get Siberian Rose Tea?

I’m so glad I decided to revisit all of the skin nourishing benefits of this tea. It reminds me to make a trip down to the market to get more! If you don’t live in the Seattle area or can’t find a local store that carries Siberian Rose Tea, you can find it and other great teas on the Vital Tea Leaf website. Enjoy!

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