The beauty industry is constantly buzzing about the best way to ensure glowing, healthy skin. Typically this means pouring money into commercial beauty products, but what if you could create beauty products with lasting health benefits in your very own home? This is exactly what many cost conscious and skin savvy individuals are choosing to do by combining natural oils to create homemade beauty remedies. This may seem daunting at first, but rest assured this guide will tell you everything you need to know about oils and their magical healing powers.

History

The concept of using oils derived from plants for healing purposes is not a new phenomenon. Throughout history, oils have been used for various practices by different cultures around the world. Egyptians used oils as early as 4500 B.C.E, most commonly for medicine, religion and cosmetics. Cedar and myrrh were used for embalming by ancient Egyptians and traces of these oils have been found on mummies today. The Greek developed many theories about plant medicine and believed oils were essential to treating patients. Soldiers even carried myrrh oil with them into battle to ward off infections. The Romans on the other hand used oils for hygiene and fragrance. They would generously apply perfumed oil to their bodies, bedding and clothes. Avicenna the Arab was the first person to discover the method of distilling essential oils, a practice still used today. French Chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé discovered the healing properties of lavender oil and introduced it to many hospitals. Essential oils remain a vital part of health regiments around the world.

The Basics

Essential oils need to be mixed with a carrier oil (aka base oil) to dilute the concentrated molecules and to help spread them over the surface of the skin. Carrier oils come from the fatty portions of certain plants. Essential oils are added to carrier oils to give a scent and healing properties. There are endless combinations of essential and carrier oils that all have different effects. Everything you need to know about these oils can be found in this guide.

Carrier oils

Sweet Almond Oil is made from pressed almonds and contains large amounts of vitamins E and K. This oil helps promote blood flow and circulation. It is a natural method of clearing dead skin cells in order to eliminate dark spots to get an overall even skin tone. Sweet almond also has been proven as a natural UV blocker, meaning it will help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, which can cause skin to age.

Although Coconut Oil has been criticized in the past for containing saturated fat, new research suggests it is the most nutritious part of the coconut and has countless health benefits. It is full of anti-oxidants and helps other minerals easily absorb into the skin. Coconut oil helps reduce signs of aging and treat breakouts and acne. It is amazing at improving the skin’s moisture making it a great base for DIY lotion recipes.

Grape Seed Oil works wonders on acne-prone skin. The oil extracted from seeds of grapes naturally contains linoleic acid, which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties that are excellent for promoting healthy skin.

Olive Oil is a common ingredient for DIY recipes because of its many skin benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and high in vitamins A and E meaning it helps protect the skin from early aging. Olive oil is known for restoring the skin’s smoothness and providing an overall cleansing effect.

Jojoba Oil is perhaps best known as a regulator for oily skin. Its non-greasy texture helps reduce the skins natural production of oil.

Other benefits of jojoba oil include treating acne, moisturizing skin, fighting aging, and treating skin infections.

Apricot Kernel Oil is excellent at nourishing and hydrating skin by encouraging the regeneration of skin cells. It is effective at healing irritated or dry skin.  Apricot kernel oil is also known for reducing aging signs by reducing wrinkles and dark circles around the eye.

Rosehip Seed Oil is ideal for rejuvenating damaged skin by boosting the growth rate of new skin cells. It is a light oil that is highly concentrated with natural vitamin A. Rosehip seed oil is great at reducing wrinkles and age spots while promoting the overall rejuvenation of skin.

One of the most versatile oils is Lavender Oil. It has a soothing effect that revitalizes the skin and improves everything from acne to sunburns.

Tea Tree Oil is powerful at fighting infections because of its natural ability to kill off bacteria. It is a very powerful oil capable of clearing up acne and face rashes due to its wide range of healing properties. However, people with extremely sensitive skin should use with caution.

Just like the Egyptians you can improve your health and well being by taking some time out of your busy schedule to make your own beauty oils! 

DIY Beauty Recipes

Grape Seed Oil Skin Exfoliator

Keep your skin healthy with this exfoliator that helps to rejuvenate skin and fade acne scars.

You’ll Need:
Grape Seed Oil
Sugar
Lavender Essential Oil

Step 1: Mix 3 tablespoons of grape seed oil with 1 tablespoon of sugar

Step 2: Add 1-2 drops of essential lavender oil

Step 3: Massage the mixture into skin for 5 minutes

Step 4: Allow mixture to remain on skin for 10 more minutes before rinsing with water

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Anti-Wrinkle Cream

This easy and inexpensive anti-wrinkle cream is sure to be a new addition to your daily skin care routine.

You’ll Need:
Jojoba Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Roseship Seed Oil
Beeswax Pastilles
Rose Water
Double Boiler
Stove
Blender

Step 1: Add 1.5 teaspoons of beeswax pastilles, 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil, 3 teaspoons of rosehip seed oil, and 3 teaspoons of apricot kernel oil in a double boiler (or stainless steel pan)

Step 2: Heat mixture gently on low setting on stove to melt the wax for 5-8 minutes

Step 3: Stir well before removing ingredients from heat and carefully into a blender

Step 4: Add in 6-10 teaspoons of rose water while blending

Step 5: Pulse blender until cream is fluffy

Step 6: Store in refrigerator until cream is ready for use

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Coconut Oil Face Cream

Use this amazing coconut oil based face cream for skin as soft as a baby’s bottom!

You’ll Need:
Coconut Oil
Shea Butter
Tea Tree Oil
Spoon

Step 1: Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of Shea butter in a bowl

Step 2: Add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil

Step 3: Pat gently with the back of a spoon until mixture becomes a cream-like consistency

Step 4: Apply to face and neck nightly for incredibly soft skin

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Side Effects/Precautions
* Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils on young children or when pregnant
* Always test on a small area first in case of allergies
* Stop using any homemade remedy immediately if you experience any skin irritation or discomfort

By: Julianne MacDonald