Try to buy organic essential oils, but if you can’t at least buy essential oils that are pure and undiluted, ready for you to dilute a little into your products. Don’t use essential oils when pregnant unless you check out the oil concerned. Some are fine to use when pregnant but you need to double-check.
Combination Skin – bergamot, geranium, lavender, and ylang ylang
Dry Skin – chamomile, neroli, palmarosa, rose and sandalwood
Mature Skin – lavender, neroli, palmarosa, frankincense, and rose
Normal Skin – geranium, lavender, palmarosa, and rose
Oily Skin – cedarwood, lemon, and vetiver
Problem Skin – bergamot, chamomile, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, and tea tree
Sensitive Skin – chamomile, lavender, roman chamomile, and rose
Bergamot will help skin conditions and digestive problems related to stress. In fact it will help all sorts of anxiety related conditions. Has a strong affinity with the urinary system, also helping vaginal discharge, thrush and itching.
Cedarwood oil can help to decongest the lymph system, helps to unblock arteries by breaking down fat deposits, and improves poor circulation which enhances the skin. Cedar oil can help to reduce fluid retention. It can help to calm nervous tension, instilling a sense of peace. Good for cellulite, oily skin, and acne.
Blue Chamomile essential oil is high in an active compound azulene, which has a blue colour. It has anti-inflammatory skin healing properties making it a suitable ingredient for skin care products. Blue chamomile is derived from the German chamomile plant, breed for its high azulene content to use in the manufacturing of medicinal chamomile products.
Roman Chamomile essential oil is used for its skin healing properties in the manufacturing of body care products, as well as for aromatherapy, it is especially soothing.
Moroccan Chamomile essential oil is not a true chamomile, used mainly for its scent, and for aromatherapy.
Frankincense – As early as Cleopatra’s reign it was used in cosmetics and medicines. This oil is excellent for all types of skin it rejuvenates mature skin, helps to prevent aging and wrinkles. Good for the menopause. Alleviates stress related problems. Slow down the signs of aging, it is an exceptionally good essential oil for the skin. It will help to restore the tone to skin that is beginning to look slack helping to firm the skin. Frankincense will help with fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating skin cell renewal. Will purify the skin, and have a tonic effect.
Geranium – It will ease anxiety, depression, and nervous tension. It helps to balance all skin types. Lifts the spirits, boosts immune system (adrenals especially) and heals a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, wounds, bruises, acne, broken capillaries, balances oil gland secretion, congested and mature skin, healing especially after facial plastic surgery, eczema, cellulite and others. Aids digestion, jaundice, gastritis, colitis, cleans digestive system of mucus, and liver tonic. Aids poor circulation, and stimulates lymphatic system. Reduces fluid retention, a good hormonal balancer for women, menopause and PMS.
Grapefruit – Excellent for acne and other skin conditions. It benefits oily or congested skin, improves elasticity and has diuretic properties. Antiseptic (especially airborne), anti toxic, astringent, bactericidal, athlete’s foot, acne, oily skin, tones congested skin, tightens the skin.
Lavender – This oil can help high blood pressure and palpitations, calms the digestive system. Reduces inflammation, relieves emotional stress, and anxiety. This oil is truly excellent for headaches, migraines, and insomnia. Helps heal wounds, bruises, burns, sunburn, acne, boils, eczema, and psoriasis. Apply a drop of lavender undiluted directly onto an insect bite or minor burn. Caution Lavendin should not be used during the early stages of pregnancy. Use Lavender with caution if you have low blood pressure.
Lemon – This oil encourages an alkaline environment, decongests the liver and gall bladder. This oil cleanses the circulation, helpful for high blood pressure, good for detoxification, helps cellulite, and reduces broken veins, balances an oily skin. Caution Lemon is a photo-sensitizer (increases the skins reaction to sunlight making it more likely to burn) so it should not be used when exposed to sunlight or tanning beds. Avoid sunbathing for 12 hours after application. Lemon should not be directly inhaled as in a steam bath as described earlier.
Neroli is special. Good for digestive problems due to stress, varicose veins, menopause, and PMS. It can help ease insomnia and anxiety. It can work wonders with mature skin, it encourages the regeneration of skin cells improving mature skin, wrinkles and scars. Generally there are no problems using it on sensitive skin. This oil is very expensive but as we already know a little goes a long way.
Palmarosa – Antiseptic (intestinal-internal), antifungal, anti-viral, powerful bactericidal-large spectrum (most germs, E.coli), cellular stimulant. This essential oil has excellent skin care properties and is also used to relieve stiff and sore muscles. It calms the mind, yet has an uplifting effect. It is most useful during convalescence, aiding the digestive system, and helping to clear intestinal infection. It moisturizes the skin, while balancing the hydration levels and stimulating cell regeneration. It balances production of sebum, to keep the skin supple and elastic. Also valuable for the use with acne, dermatitis, preventing scarring, rejuvenating and regenerating the skin, as well as fighting minor skin infections.
Rose – a very expensive but beautiful essential oil. Excellent for depression, eczema, frigidity, mature skin, menopause, and stress.
Tea Tree – Acne, age spots, athlete’s foot, boils, burns, dandruff, fungal infections, immune system booster, itching (from insect bites, chicken pox, etc), herpes, cold sores, mouth ulcers, sweaty and smelly feet, urinary tract infections, and warts. This oil can be used undiluted on a very small area – 1 or 2 drops on a fungal infection under the toe nail for example.
Vetiver – Acne, arthritis, cuts, depression, exhaustion, insomnia, muscular aches, oily skin, rheumatism, sores, and stress.
Ylang ylang – It has a wonderfully balancing and stimulating effect on the skin, to correct sebum production and is also used to stimulate hair growth. Very fragrant, calming, antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, and anti-stress.