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Beauty Benefits of Organic Herbs and Oils

Homemade Skin Care and Body Care Natural Ingredients

Learn about the beauty benefits of natural organic herbs and oils in your homemade beauty recipes for skin care and hair care spa products.

 

Jasmine is good for all types of skin conditions. It is mild and refreshing. The aroma has a relaxing, calming quality that creates a sense of peace and security. Good for mental stress and tension, reducing anxiety or depression. Jasmine is also good for eczema, and is ideal for greasy, dry, sensitive and irritated skin conditions.

Lavender has been used for thousands of years for various skin conditions and was highly valued for its antiseptic properties making it ideal for skin care. It helps prevent the build up of sebum, oils in the skin that bacteria feed on. Lavender promotes tissue regeneration and keeps the skin supple. Good for all skin types and skin conditions. It helps reduce and prevent scarring, wrinkles, and stretch marks. The aroma is uplifting and encouraging, and is good for depression and relieving nervous tension. It is also helpful for rheumatism and arthritis pain. Relieves tension and stress and soothes sore muscles and joints.

Geranium has been used for thousands of years to maintain skin health. It is especially good for oily skin. It enlivens, restores the condition of the skin. Valued for its antiseptic properties making it ideal for skin care, preventing the build up of sebum, oils in the skin that bacteria feed on. It is said to promote tissue regeneration and to keep the skin supple, and was traditionally used to treat such skin conditions as dermatitis, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It improves circulation and is emotionally uplifting. Good for depression.

Cranberry eases joint pain, and the aroma is delightfully sweet and deeply relaxing.

Ginger, Clove, Cinnamon and cinnamon leaf all have antibacterial properties and generate warmth by increasing circulation. Good for oily skin conditions. May irritate those with very sensitive skin.

Rosemary has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities and the aroma helps to create balance by calming the nerves, enhancing mental clarity and strengthening the endocrine system. It was traditionally used to ease arthritis and joint pain, hair loss, and for respiratory relief. Helps overcome mental fatigue and improves memory by producing clarity and focus.

Lemongrass relieves nervous exhaustion, reduce stress, muscular pain, poor circulation, and opens pores. Has great benefits as a muscle and skin toner, assists in clearing up oily skin, and revitalizes the body and mind.

Patchouli tightens loose or sagging skin, helps with fluid retention, good for chapped skin, and helps prevent wrinkles. Its aroma is relaxing and calming.

Ylang Ylang, dubbed the “flower of flowers”, gives a powerful and gentle cleansing with a deep relaxing effect. It is good for all types of skin conditions and is mild and refreshing. The aroma is deeply relaxing, creating a sense of peace and security. Good for mental stress, tension and depression.

Rose and Rose Otto oil has been used for thousands of years for a variety of skin conditions and is referred to as the “Queen of flowers.” It is highly valued for its antiseptic properties making it ideal for skin care. It helps prevent the build up of sebum, oils in the skin that bacteria feed on. Promotes tissue regeneration and helps keep the skin supple. It is good for all skin conditions and helps reduce and prevent scarring and wrinkles. Its aroma is calming and relaxing, and is good for easing stress, tension and depression.

Rosewood inhibits bacterial growth due to its antibacterial, anti viral, and anti fungal properties. Soothes and restores elasticity to the skin while deeply nourishing it. The aroma brings balances and improves concentration.

Sea Salt cleanses the skin and replenishes trace minerals lost from bathing, swimming and perspiration. It relieves tension and stress and soothes sore muscles and stiff joints. Provides the “graininess” needed to polish the skin and is more exfoliating than sugar. Polishing the skin increases blood circulation while stimulating and eliminating toxins. Can be blended with any essential oil.

Sandalwood is beneficial for dry and dehydrated skin, and helps counter depression, stress and nervous tension. Stimulates the pineal gland, which is the center of emotions releasing the antioxidant hormone, melatonin. It is especially helpful for insomnia, bringing about deep sleep at night. It is calming and releases nervous tension.

Tea Tree Oil has powerful but gentle antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is said to be good for arthritis, warts, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, carbuncles, acne, rashes, toe and fingernail fungus, eczema and boils. It is also good for muscle and joint pain. Cleans and disinfects.

Citrus oils of Sweet Orange, Lemon Citrus lemon, Tangerine Citrus, Grapefruit Citrus, Lime Citrus, Mandarin Citrus, Neroli – orange blossom Citrus, Grapeseed, etc. have astringent, antiseptic and antibacterial properties and are good for the removal of old skin cells. When citrus oils are combined with sea salt they are even more exfoliating. Citrus oils have been used traditionally to dissolve fats and oils that build up in the skin. They are especially good for dull, oily skin and acne. They also help, over time, to dissolve cellulite, reduce wrinkles and cleanse the skin pores. All citrus oils are uplifting, brightening, and refreshing. All are widely used in skin care for cleansing the skin, strengthening the nails and reducing wrinkles. They also help dissolve cellulite, reduce stretch marks and fluid retention, as they tighten and tone the skin. When combined with lavender they are very soothing. Do not go into direct sunlight after using citrus oils, as they react to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Kombu – or Kelp – helps to cleanse the skin pores and provide nutrient rich minerals to the skin, which is often depleted from frequent bathing, showering, swimming or perspiration. The minerals in kombu help break down fats or excessive oils that build up in the skin. Some research has even shown seaweed to regenerate skin cells when used topically. Kombu/sea salt baths can be helpful over time in breaking down cellulite, and it’s also exfoliating by removing old skin cells. Use once or twice per week or as needed. It is also good for relieving tension and stress, and to soothe aching muscles and stiff joints.

 

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Herbs, essential oils and more to add to your homemade skin care regimen:

 

Castor oil acts as a skin cleansing agent. It can be drying. If your skin is oily, use more castor oil as opposed to your other ingredients. And vise versa if your skin is dry.

Olive oil also acts as a cleansing agent and is rich in antioxidants and helps help free radical damage. Great for wrinkles!

Sandalwood Essential Oil has an astringent effect on oily skin and helps soothe irritated skin. Use sandalwood in facial blends to help balance the skin. Also helpful for removing wrinkles and scars.

Chamomile Powdered Herbal Extract is used for its anti-inflammatory properties. When added to cream and lotion formulations, chamomile powdered extract soothes irritated skin and reduces redness and swelling due to rashes or other irritations.

Epsom Salts
Pure mineral compound, and is also known as magnesium sulfate in a crystal form. Gently exfoliates skin and smooths rough patches. Magnesium has been shown to detoxify, ease stress, relax muscles, relieve soreness, lower blood pressure, and help create a happy relaxed feeling.

Peppermint essential oil
One of the most popular essential oils and for good reason. It has a wide range of healing properties for a wide range of ailments. The list of ailments peppermint can help cure are endless but here is a small sample of what that list includes:

  • relieves headache quickly
  • can help with mild anxiety attacks and reduce nausea
  • helps in the relief of poison ivy and hives when applied directly to the skin
  • helps with coughs and colds and clearing up sinus problems
  • helps relieve achy feet or muscle aches

As you can see Peppermint is an extraordinary plant with wonderful healing properties!

Tea Tree Essential Oil is helpful within acne products and can help fight cold sores and heal wounds.

Green Tea Leaf Powdered Herbal Extract is a powerful antioxidant that helps rejuvenate the skin, prevent damage from the sun and promote elasticity. Perfect in anti-aging creams and cleansers.

Carrot seed essential oil is used primarily for its healing properties and effects on the skin. It stimulates circulation, repairs and tones the skin, increases elasticity, reduces the formation of wrinkles, and scars. Use in any anti-aging cleansers, creams, and treatments and you’ll get great results!

Sweet almond oil is a great emollient for softening and conditioning the skin and hair. It is well suited for eczema, psoriasis and itchy, dry and inflamed skin. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E.

Apricot kernel oil is a light, yet emollient oil that is high in oleic and linoleic acids. It is recommended for mature skin, sensitive skin and skin that is inflamed, irritated or dry.

Avocado oil has been used in African skin treatments for centuries. This highly therapeutic oil is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5 (Panthothenic acid), Vitamin D, E, minerals, protein, lecithin and fatty acids. It is a useful, penetrating nutrient for dry skin and eczema. Avocado oil is said to have healing and regenerating qualities.

Pomegranate seed oil is remarkable ability to nourish, moisturize and improve skin elasticity. It is high in lipids including pucinic acid and is effective in treating dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and sunburned skin. Studies have shown that pomegranate oil is effective at killing cancer cells when applied topically.

Grapeseed Oil
Glides well on the skin, has moisturizing properties, and appears to assist with skin repair. It has mild astringent and antiseptic qualities.

Jojoba oil is highly penetrating and closely resembles the natural sebum within our skin. Use jojoba in facial blends to remove excess oils and to help balance the skin’s natural oil. You can also substitute the olive oil for Jojoba oil for normal to oily skin.

Strawberry Seed Oil is an ideal ingredient for inclusion in anti-aging formulations and products intended for dry or damaged skin.

Coconut oil is useful in formulations for dry, itchy, sensitive skin. It will not clog pores, and it absorbs readily into the skin.

Hazelnut oil is a light, penetrating oil that is slightly astringent. It is a suitable addition to formulations intended to be used on acne prone skin. Hazelnut oil is high in essential fatty acids and is soothing and healing to dry, irritated skin.

Flax seed oil is a nourishing addition to formulations intended to help treat eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and aging skin. Flax seeds are a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) an the Omega-3 series of essential fatty acids.

Shea Butter
Contains a natural latex, people with latex allergies should avoid this. Widely used as a body lotion by itself or added to lotions. Been found to be one of the best moisturizers.

Spearmint essential oil
Helps in digestion and relieves muscle spasms. Used for colic, hiccups, fever and upper respiratory problems. When used in a cream it can help with itching. Spearmint has almost as many beneficial qualities as peppermint. Used as an antiseptic, insecticide, restorative and stimulant.

Sugars (white and brown)
A gentler exfoliant than sea salt and is ideal for sensitive skin. Soothes, smoothes, and moisturizes.

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