From ancient times to the present, essential oil have been widely used both in medicine and in the beauty routine,
this natural product has several benefits for skin and body. In this post we will tell you everything about it,
what it is, what it is for and how to use it, see below.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are extracted from the leaves, flowers, stem and roots of plants, they are vegetable substances and extremely concentrated, they penetrate our organism when they are inhaled and through topical use, being absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolized by the body.
How are essential oils produced?
There are several methods for extracting essential oil from a plant and preparing it for use, each method requires great
care and thorough procedures. Plants are delicate, so careful planning and precision are required to extract high quality essential oils.
The process of removing essential oils from plant structures involves boiling the plants and separating the assets that come out
of the extraction, a drop of essential oil is equivalent to 30 grams of nature, to produce the essential oils, hundreds of plants are needed, which is why its value is usually more added, the process is taken into account.
Benefits of essential oil
Usually oils help with anxiety treatments, low immunity, depression, lack of concentration, poor healing, breathing problems and more, but there are still other benefits that depend on the composition of the oil, when the essential oil is applied to the body it has bactericidal, antifungal and hygienic action, on the hair they are able to clean, moisturize, shape and moisturize.
How to dilute essential oil?
Never under any circumstances apply the essential oil directly to the skin as they are highly concentrated and can cause
irritation and sensitivity, so it is important to dilute before using.
You can use it with other vegetable oils, neutral creams and gels, and how you dilute it depends on how
the oil will be used.
Shampoo: put the shampoo on your hands and add a drop of essential oil before washing your hair.
Facial mask: dilute 3 drops of essential oil in the mask of your choice.
Compresses: add 5 drops of essential oil to dilute every 200 – 300ml of water.
Aromatizers: add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil.
+ Also read: Face mask for every skin type
How to use essential oil?
The way you use the essential oil varies by region, as well as some oils are indicated for certain functions,
learn how to use the right way.
Hair: you can use the essential oil in your shampoo, conditioner, moisturizing cream, before using a hairdryer and flat iron or as a finisher, the oil fights hair loss and helps keep your hair more hydrated, without frizz and without split ends,however, they cannot be applied directly to the hair, you must apply between two or three drops in the product you are going to use.
Best oils to use on hair.
Soothe hair leather: Lavender and Fennel
Hair loss: Rosemary and Cedar
Hair with chemistry: Argan
Skin: essential oils should be used with creams or neutral masks, they make the skin softer, control oiliness, reduce acne and wrinkles, it is important that you use an oil appropriate for your skin type and for your needs.
Best oils to use on the skin
Acne: tea tree and Lemon Grass
Hydration of the skin: Rose, Granium, Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa and Lavender.
Remembering that depending on the type of essential oil it is not recommended for all people and there are some areas where the application of oils is not recommended as in scars and open wounds, and sun exposure is not indicated after the immediate application of the oil.
Most used essential oils
Lavender: mild smell, it is relaxing, brings the feeling of serenity, relieves stress and helps you sleep better.
Melaleuca: has a strong bactericidal and antifungal action, it is used to treat toothache, ringworm of nails, odor of feet and much more.
Rosemary: it is invigorating, aids in memory and has a refreshing smell.
Mint: reduces emotional agitation and increases mental concentration.
Lemon: relieves worry and fear, elevates mood, is an energetic oil.
Orange: combats fatigue and stress, enables digestion and stomach-related capabilities, has a light and cheerful fragrance.
Bergamot: brings physical and emotional balance, reduces anxiety, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, being an effective treatment for acne in people who do not have sensitive skin.
Eucalyptus: nourishes the lungs and the back of the chest, strengthens the immune system and when inhaled it releases feelings of sadness and transforms into joy, it is an excellent oil for the treatment of respiratory problems such as colds, rhinitis, sore throat, asthma and bronchitis.
What is the difference between vegetable oils and essential oils?
Vegetable oil is extracted from seeds and fruits, while essential oil is extracted from the stem, leaves and flowers, this implies in the composition of the oils and their properties (smell, appearance, viscosity), in addition to the fact that both are used in different ways.
Vegetable oil has a lighter aroma and are more viscous they do not have so many benefits, as vegetable oil has a strong and pleasant aroma, they are less viscous and evaporate easily, it is rich in vitamins and nutrients which makes it beneficial for health , skin and hair.
Even when buying an essential oil, be aware, many companies usually mix vegetable oil with essential oil and this causes it to lose a little the boosting of nutrients, keep an eye on the price, if it is very cheap, be wary.
A simple product can have so many benefits, right? This explains why it is so used in the medical and beauty industry, essential oil takes care of the inside out.
Do you like using essential oil in your beauty routine? What is your favorite oil?