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Month: March 2016
Essential oils – my new found love of late 🙂
It all started when I brought Cass to a physiotherapist in Hong Kong last December. She is a family friend of ours and she taught me how to administer some massage techniques on Cass using essential oils and carrier oil.
I especially LOVE peppermint pure essential oil. I dab a few drops of peppermint essential oil all over my head, face and body several times a day. The scent is awesomely uplifting and cooling and it melts away my stress right away while stimulating my mind and purifies my soul. Peppermint oil is also one of just a handful of oils that can be taken internally, but be sure to get good grade of pure and unadulterated peppermint oil.
Here is half of my loot of the essential oils that I recently purchased:
The bar of soap, which is a complimentary gift from the shop is made with essential oils.
Essential oils can help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell.
Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally. You can apply them directly onto your skin, inhaling, or use through a diffuser. I am currently only applying the oils topically onto skin and scalp. It is only a matter of time before I get a diffuser!
Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. It can take a huge amount of a plant to get out even a small portion of essential oil — 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses are needed to get just one pound of oil, for example. This is why some essential oils are particularly expensive.
There are some general tips for using essential oils that apply regardless of the type. One should get a high-quality therapeutic-grade oil: pure, medicinal, and steam distilled. Never apply most oils directly to your skin, as their high concentration can cause a reaction or irritation. Instead, essential oils should be diluted with water or a carrier oil like jojoba or almond. And with a few exceptions, essential oils should not be ingested. Always talk to your doctor about health concerns, especially if they represent sudden changes in your well-being.
My favorite carrier oil is extra virgin coconut oil. I add a few drops of peppermint, oregano and melaleuca (tea tree oil) into my extra virgin coconut oil and massage Cass’ body and feet every night. Oregano, melaleuca and coconut oil have antibacterial properties. I use the same mixed blend of essential oils to moisturize my body, hair and face after bath each day. It’s free from preservatives and harmful chemicals and are way more affordable than overrated expensive skin care products. The oils give my hair a very natural shine and removes the frizziness.
I use undiluted cucumber essential oil to apply on my face, in particular around my eyes.
When my lips feel dry, I dab a few drops of cucumber oil + coconut oil to moisturize them.
Cucumber essential oil when combined with a carrier oil such as olive oil is perfect for moisturizing the skin and for deep skin cleansing.
Cucumber has cooling effects and can treat skin problems such as acne, blackheads, boils, eruptions, and eye puffiness.
Cucumber detoxifies the skin due to its proteolytic enzymes, vitamin B1, and C content. Use regularly to help freckles fade over time.
Cucumber helps rejuvenate your skin and give your face a healthy glow. A couple of drops of Cucumber oil with Witch Hazel makes a great toner for combination skin.
Where To Order?
Pure and unadulterated essential oils are very costly. I got my first batch from essentialoils.com.my. This online store carries affordably priced essential oils.
I have also bought my peppermint oil from a pharmacy, which did not come cheap.
Young Livings essential oils are a little steep for me.
I’d love to get my essential oils from doTERRA but I can’t seem to hunt down a local outlet here. I got my first bottle of doTERRA pure peppermint essential oil from our phsyiotherapist friend in Hong Kong.
I am going to get my new batch of essential oils from Melaleuca soon. If you need help to get them from Melaleuca, I’ll be glad to help you order them at member price 🙂