I use a many essential oils when I make my soap and skin care products. These are a few of my favourites.
Lavender is possibly one of the widely used and known essential oils. It has an old-fashioned floral herb aroma which is known for its calming effect.
With its antiseptic, antispasmodic and relaxing properties it can be used to relieve, cuts, itches, headaches, aches and pains, sunburn, insect bites. There are many ways to use lavender a few of which you'll find here.
I'm including Rosewood as it's a particular favourite - I love the rich woody scent and use a little of it when making soap.
Rosewood essential oil is extracted from the wood of the Brazilian rosewood tree by steam distillation. The essential oil is said to have antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic and mild antidepressant properties.
Rosemary is an evergreen woody, shrub. The most common use of the essential oil is as a treatment for very dry skin utilising its antiseptic and skin healing properties. It can also be to promote the healing of wounds. A rosemary infusion can be used as a nourishing scalp treatment and to keep hair looking healthy and shiny.
Here's a great recipe for Peppermint Rosemary Foot Scrub.
Sweet Orange essential oil has an aroma very like the orange peel that it is extracted from - only more intense. The oil you sometimes see on the skin of an orange when you begin to peel it is the same that is extracted from the fruit via the cold pressed method.
The aroma of the oil has a sedative, calming effect and is said to help relieve anxiety. This essential oil is often used to flavour lip balms and in children's formulas. It should though be avoided is pregnant or epileptic. It may cause skin irritation in some people.
Traditionally chamomile has long been used in the treatment of insomnia. The skin-calming and healing properties of German (or Blue) Chamomile essential oil can be used in the treatment of sensitive or inflamed skin.
Roman Chamomile is a pale golden essential oil. It is mildly anti-spasmodic and has calming properties. It's sweet floral scent is said to help relax the mind and relieve anxiety.
Here you'll find a simple recipe for Chamomile & Lavender Tea.
Caution should always be used when working with essential oils.
Essential oils should be avoided while pregnant.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils to the skin.
Do not use essential oils on children without consulting a qualified practitioner first.
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Chamomile ~ photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/46151146@N04/5745143664">Ms. Chamomile, I presume</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">(license)</a>
Rosemary ~ photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/9439733@N02/2286934097">Rosemary 1</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/">(license)</a>
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