An Introduction to Essential Oils

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Last week on Talk Beauty, we featured some clean beauty hacks and products even the neatest of neat freaks would approve of! But if you are looking to clean up your beauty routine by adding holistic elements using clean, non additive products, essential oils are also great place to start! The nice thing about essential oils is that because of their high concentration, a little goes a long way! Instead of buying all new products, you can try adding a drop or two to your conditioner or other favorite beauty products. Sure they smell nice, (and they're all natural) but these oils actually have some real powers for specific treatments or improvements you may be looking to add to your routine. Whether it's a cosmetic concern, or you're just looking to relax with some aromatherapy, the uses for these essential oils are endless! Let us introduce you to a few of our favorites!

Tea Tree Oil is a natural antibacterial and stimulant. It is utilized best on irritated or inflamed skin, that means acne (bacterial and inflamed) eczema & psoriasis. If you are looking to treat skin issues, you will need to dilute the oil. For every 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil, add 12 drops of a carrier oil. A carrier oil is the easiest way to dilute any essential oils for topical use. The tea tree oil should help to calm the irritation, but for safety reasons, it's best to test your mixture on a small spot before applying it to larger parts of the body.

Tea Tree Oil is also used to treat dry scalp or dandruff & hair growth. It is an antibacterial for fungal issues created by dandruff, and great for bringing blood to the surface of the scalp to "feed" the hair to encourage better hair growth. In this case, you could add some tea tree oil into your favorite conditioner, its great for  product build up as well. 

Stylist Pro-Tip

"I use Tea Tree for a lot of things! I love to use it for sunburns, bug bites and even household cleaning. I use it for topical disinfectant and I'll diffuse it to help get rid of mosquitos and bugs. Tea Tree really makes me feel refreshed and gives you a clean slate sensation."

-Jordan Dyches, Got Beauty Pro

Lavender Oil Lavender oil is soothing and an anti-inflammatory. Its really good to have around because it does a bit of everything. In regards to skin, it helps reduce redness and irritation If you are struggling with rosacea, redness, or skin that heats up quickly and easily, you can try using a carrier oil and a few drops of lavender oil. It helps soothe, calm and fight against allergens and toxins and is a great antioxidant. In addition to helping with skin irritation, Lavender also helps with sugar production, so using it topically can assist in anti-aging efforts.

Lavender Oil is also really useful in the aromatherapy realm for stress relief and getting a goodnight sleep. Mix this concoction into a spray bottle and spritz it on your pillow before you snooze, we guarantee the sheep won't make it very far.

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) witch hazel.
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil.
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) water.

      Rose oil is restorative and anti-aging. It takes something like 10,000 petals to create 1oz of rose oil! The best way to get the benefits of rose is to combine it with another oil or cream-it works really well with vitamin C.Rose oil is an anti-depressant for your skin, and even your whole body. It basically wakes up and gives purpose to cells that are slowing down and dying or not doing their job.

That's why its so good for anti-aging; it keeps your cells moving and active so they stay youthful.

It also can be really good internally for lower gut flora and functions. 

Peppermint Oil is also an anti inflammatory, but in a deeper sense. It has a way of almost numbing irritation so its great for cuts, bruises, bug bits, psoriasis etc. Its also great for external treatments of internal issues. It's great for sore muscles, headaches, nausea, stomach issues, acne scaring and most skin disorder treatments. Peppermint is like the Energizer Bunny and gets your system pepped up so it can work more efficiently.

Rubbing a little bit of peppermint oil on your neck in the morning (emphasis on LITTLE BIT) can energize you for your day and wake up the senses!

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Posted by Liz Venuto