9 Essential Oils + How To Use Them For Clear, Radiant Skin

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Essential oils are highly potent, steam-distilled plant extracts. Though completely natural, they must be handled and used with care.

Essential oils are used medicinally by aromatherapists. Like any medicine, these natural chemicals can be harmful if used improperly. It’s important to research any essential oil before using it in your routine. You’ll need to determine its recommended dilution, and check to see if the oil has any restrictions for use. Certain essential oils can be disruptive to medical conditions like pregnancy, high blood pressure, or epilepsy.

As a rule, any essential oil you are working with should be diluted to around 1–3% for use in skin care. That means that the oil needs to be blended with a carrier oil to be used directly, or used in very small proportions in recipes and formulations.

It's important to note that essential oils should be used with extreme care on children and babies. Kids and babies can't process the chemicals in essential oils as easily as adults. If you're, I recommend consulting a doctor or aromatherapist before using or handling any essential oils.

While there are thousands of essential oils available, I tend to lean on a handful of favorites. Choose one or two that suit your skin type, and invest in small bottles of high quality oil.

Rose Essential Oil

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The ultimate oil for mature skin care, rose essential oil is treasured for its ability to help soothe and soften. Rose essential oil is soothing to all skin types, and is an excellent addition to any of your most precious facial recipes.

For more on rose essential oil: 3 Reasons To Add Rosehip Oil To Your Skin Care Routine

Geranium Essential Oil

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Geranium essential oil makes a great alternative to rose essential oil and is far less expensive. It can still help balance skin pH, fight fine lines and wrinkles, and benefit facial recipes. Though any variety of geranium essential oil will do, my personal favorites are rose geranium and geranium bourbon.

For more on geranium essential oil: 2-Ingredient Moisturizer For Any Skin Type

Neroli Essential Oil

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Neroli essential oil is another great choice for facial care. Like rose essential oil and geranium essential oil, it helps to balance skin’s moisture. Which of the three you choose mostly depends on budget and personal preference.

Personally, I adore the smell of neroli essential oil. It is made from orange blossoms, giving it a delightfully sweet and floral scent.

For more on Neroli essential oil: Want A Healthy, Radiant Complexion? Try These 5 Essential Oils


Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

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Roman chamomile essential oil is very effective at soothing itchy, red skin. It also has a calming effect emotionally, which as far as side effects go, is not too shabby.

For more on chamomile essential oil: 3 Must-Have Herbs For Skincare

Yarrow Essential Oil

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Another great essential oil for soothing inflamed skin, yarrow is also slightly astringent, making it a good choice for oily or combination skin.

For more on yarrow essential oil: 6 All-Natural Strategies To Keep Your Skin Healthy

Helichrysum Essential Oil

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Helichrysum essential oil is expensive, but a worthwhile investment for those fighting acne. It not only possesses potent antibacterial and antifungal properties, it can help reduce scarring. Helichrysum essential oil's restorative properties also make it a good choice for mature skin.

For more on helichrysum essential oil: 4 Essential Oils For Natural Winter Skin Care


Niaouli Essential Oil

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Niaouli essential oil is a close relative to tea tree essential oil, an ingredient commonly used to combat acne. While both boast potent antibacterial properties and are excellent for acne-prone and combination skin, niaouli essential oil is more gentle on the nervous system and overall health. I recommend using niaouli essential oil in place of tea tree essential oil in recipes.

For more on niaouli essential oil: A DIY Pedicure Soak For Super-Soft Feet

Peppermint Essential Oil

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I use peppermint essential oil in almost all of my lip balm recipes. The hint of cooling mint will make your lips tingle. That stimulating feeling can also benefit tired muscles in your feet, legs, and hands.

A word to the wise though: a little peppermint essential oil goes a long way, so go easy with this particular essential oil. By the way, do not use peppermint essential oil with babies or toddlers.

For more on peppermint essential oil: 13 Common Ailments You Can Treat With Peppermint Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil

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Rosemary is a popular essential oil in haircare recipes because it encourages a healthy balance of oils in the scalp. It is believed to discourage dandruff, soothe inflammation, and may even stimulate hair growth.

For more on rosemary essential oil: 8 Home-Grown Plants For Naturally Glowing Skin

Excerpted from The Natural Beauty Solution by Mary Helen Leonard. Copyright (c) 2015 by Mary Helen Leonard and Spring House Press.

 

Self Care Journey Week 3: Homemade Face Mask

This week I have decided to take my love for coconut oil from my teeth to my face.  This easy face mask that feels great and tastes pretty good too.  

The many benefits of Raw Honey:

First thing that you should know is that that not all honey is created equal. Unfortunately, most of the honey found in grocery stores has been processed with heat, which kills off healing enzymes and destroys a lot of the nutrient-rich content. Raw honey on the other hand is full of healing enzymes and nutrients that are very beneficial for healing your skin.  So what is the definition of “Raw Honey”?  Raw Honey is honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling, or straining; and that has not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit during production or storage; or pasteurized.

Why Raw Honey is good for your skin:

 Raw honey contains antiseptic and antimicrobial properties making it great for healing the skin.  It is especially great at healing cuts and burns by killing bacteria. Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, and lightens scars and age spots.  Here are a few skin issues that raw honey does wonders for:

  • Acne and enlarged pores
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Sensitive, mature, and dull lifeless skin

Why Coconut Oil is good for your skin:

Virgin Coconut Oil has small molecular structure which allows for easy absorption through the skin –  helping to soften and smooth the texture of your skin.  Coconut oil has an anti-oxidant property which helps your skin fight against free radicals making it  an ideal ointment for the relief of dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Psoriasis and eczema suffers often see great improvements when they apply virgin coconut oil to their skin twice a daily

Here is what you are going to need:

Virgin Coconut Oil
Raw Honey
Mixing Bowl
Spoon

Directions:

Mix Virgin Coconut Oil with Raw Honey using a spoon and a mixing bowl (make sure you mix till it is fully incorporated and looks like cloudy honey)
Take your fingertips and apply mixture to your face softly because the raw honey may have crystallized and can be kinda rough on your skin if you use too much pressure.
Let mixture rest on your face for 15-20 min and then rinse off gently with lukewarm water.

Hope you all enjoy this face mask!!! See you next week!!

 

Namaste, 

Alison

 

Balancing Vata Season in the Kitchen

Vata is balanced by a diet of freshly cooked, whole foods that are soft in texture, rich in protein and fat, seasoned with a variety of warming spices, and served warm or hot. These foods calm vata by lubricating and nourishing our bodies and maintaining warmth, all while supporting proper digestion and elimination. Here is some suggestions for meal planning.  Below is a link for a Vata inspired shopping list by food group. 


Breakfast

Breakfast is a critical meal when vata is elevated. After an overnight fast, vata needs real nourishment and a hearty breakfast is generally very stabilizing.

* Eggs and Buttered Toast
*Hot Cereals – things like oatmeal, rice pudding, cream of rice, and cream of wheat – are also excellent choices. 

Lunch:
*Rice pasta or gnocchi with pesto
*Potato-leek soup with baked tofu, a hearty bread, and a side salad.

Dinner

*Carrot soup with quinoa, asparagus, and a buttered tortilla.
*Baked and buttered sweet potatoes with French onion soup, and green beans.

https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/diet/vata-pacifying-foods/

Post Yoga Smoothie Recipe

POST-YOGA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

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Very often I come home from yoga class and I am not sure what to eat. I want to nourish my body with good food but I also want to be full. Smoothies always seem to be somewhat of a happy medium of being healthy and wanting to eat a pizza.  My favorite way to make a smoothie is to check out my kitchen and see what is available. This was a pretty random blend of goodies but I wanted to share what I made!

Essentials:
1 ripe banana
1 cucumber (peel on)
juice of 1 small lemon
1/2-1 cup of fresh blueberries and rasberries
1/2 cup acai juice
1 single serving of coconut water

Add some ice sprinkle some fresh berries on top and ENJOY!