Avocado oil Avocado oil is rich and nourishing oil that is popular for strengthening and replenishing skin and hair. Tt is rich in saturated and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin, proteins and vitamins A, B, E and D. Because of its high skin penetration and absorption rate makes it idea for dry, mature skin, brittle hair and nails. it can also be helpful for stretch marks, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Some ways you could use avocado oil -If you use the oil in a ration of 1:2 with a lighter carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba. Blend 10ml of avocado oil and 20ml of carrier oil, add 12-18 drops of your favourite essential oils and it can be used as a bath or body oil. -For a hot oil hair treatment, apply a tablespoon of warmed oil to the ends of your hair and leave for 10-30 minuets, shampoo out thoroughly Warning:
Black pepper Black pepper is an essential oil that has a warming, spicy aroma and is commonly used for its stimulating, strengthening, energising and digestive properties some ways you can use black pepper - Easing stiffness in painful joints, blend together 2 drops of black pepper, frankincense and lavender into 10ml of carrier oil. Then massage onto the area that is affected. -Sports massage, combine 4 drops of black pepper, 7 drops of lavender and rosemary essential oil to 30ml of carrier oil. -Energising and reviving, dilate a few drops of black pepper and sweet orange into water in a burner or diffuser. Warning: While it is safe to use on normal skin it can be irritating on very sensitive skin.
Cedarwood Cedarwood essential oil has a woody, warming aroma with a sweet balsamic undertone. It is commonly used for anti-inflammatory and a lymphatic decongestant. Some ways you could use cedarwood - Anti-cellulite massage oil by mixing 3 drops of cedarwood, lemon and geranium to 15ml of a carrier oil then firmly massaging into areas of stubborn cellulite. -Discourage moths by adding a few drops of cedarwood oil to draw liners or strips of cotton to hang in your wardrobe. -Making a masculine fragrance oil by combining 7 drops of cedarwood and black pepper, with 4 drops of lemongrass in 30ml of sweet almond carrier oil. Blend well the apply to pulse points like the wrist and neck. Warning:
Citronella Citronella essential oil has a fresh, lemon-citrus aroma, it's often used for its uplifting, antimicrobial and tonifying properties. Its commonly used as a deodorant and insect repellent. Some ways you could use citronella -Reviving and energising, mix 3 drops of citronella and 1 drop of peppermint into 10ml of carrier oil then massage onto the soles of your feet. -Repel insects from your skin, blend 5 drops of citronella with 50ml of carrier oil and apply to exposed skin. -Antimicrobial during colds and flu, use a few drops of citronella in a diffuser or oil burner. Warning: Can be irritating on sensitive skin
Clove bud clove bud oil is an antiseptic and antibacterial that is largely used for dental health but can also be used for massages and to repel bugs such as ants, flies and moths. It has a strong and spicy sweet sent that is often reminiscent of the festive season. Some ways you could use clove bud -To help with toothache apply 1-2 drops of the oil onto some cotton bud and apply to the area. -Floor and cupboard cleaner that repels insects, spiders and other bugs, add 10 drops of clove bud and peppermint oil to a bucket of hot water. To repel moths hang strips of cloth that have a few drops of clove bud oil in your wardrobe. -Massage oil for stuff joints and muscles. Dilute 1 drop of clove, 3 drops of black pepper, 6 drops of lavender and 8 drops of rosemary into 20ml of carrier oil then message the area well. Warning:Clove bud can irritate and sensitise the skin, avoid topical use unless its a very low dilution of 1 drop per 20ml of carrier oil. do not use in the bath of for steam inhalation.
Eucalyptus eucalyptus essential oil has a refreshing, camphorous aroma. It's a cleansing, antiseptic and a decongestant with mild stimulating properties Some ways you could use eucalyptus -Blocked up nose and chest, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam. Alternatively you can add a few drops onto some tissue and inhale. -Relieve cold, stiff joints and muscles, add 7 drops of eucalyptus and lavender with 4 drops of black pepper into 30ml of carrier oil then massage onto the skin. Warning: If used excessively it can case skin to irritate
Frankincense Frankincense is an essential oil that is very beneficial for mature skin and is popular for its skin rejuvenating and repairing properties. Some ways you could use frankincense -Face oil for damage and ageing skin, blend 2 drops of frankincense with 1 drop each of rose geranium and petitgrain oils into 10ml of jojoba carrier oil, then apply a few drops to the face, neck and chest after cleansing. -Create an aroma for your diffuser or oil burner, blend 4 drops each of frankincense and sweet orange and 2 drops of clove essential oil diluted in water then use in a diffuser or oil burner. warning:
Grapefruit Grapefruit essential oil that has a cleansing, detoxing and uplifting aroma to it. It can also be used as a tonic and digestive aid. Some ways you could use grapefruit -Help with jetlag, combine 4 drops of grapefruit with 10ml of carrier oil. Apply to the wrists, palms and soles of your feet. -Making a shower gel, thoroughly blend equal parts lavender, grapefruit and lemon essential oils to a neutral castile soap or base gel. Use a total of 4 drops of the oils per 10ml of castile soap or base gel. -Revive and lift up spirits, use 3 drops of grapefruit and 3 drops of geranium essential oils to an oil burner or diffuser. Warning: This could be photosensitive make sure to avoid exposure to the sun after using on the skin.
Jojoba jojoba oil is the closest oil available to our own natural skin oil(sebum) it's great for balancing both oily and dry skin that helps keep the skin soft and smooth. Jojoba oil is actually a wax and it easily absorbed into the skin. Some ways you could use jojoba -Use jojoba oil to make a hydrating facial oil for all skin types. Combine with 3 drops of essential oil to 10ml of jojoba to increase its therapeutic benefits. -Moisture boost, add a few drops of jojoba to your favourite moisturiser Warning:
Lemon Lemon essential oil has a fresh and zesty aroma to it. It's an antiseptic, anti-microbial, lymphatic, decongestant and a tonic. Lemon is often used for body cleansing and household cleaning Some ways you could use lemon -To make a household cleaner, mix 10 drops of lemon and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil into a bucket of hot water to clean surfaces and floors -Liver support and help detoxification, mix 12-18 drops of lemon into 20ml of carrier oil and massage the abdomen and lower back. -For an aroma steam shower experience, fill the sink with very hot water and add 2 drops each of lemon, eucalyptus and orange essential oil, then have a hot shower. Warning: Lemon an be photosensitive, avoid exposure to the sun after applying to the skin.
Lemon myrtle Lemon myrtle essential oil has a strong lemony, uplifting aroma that helps calm the nervous system and aid relaxation. It's commonly used for its strong antiseptic, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, as well has being useful for the respiratory system, digestive system and its also good for skin conditions. Lemon myrtle is 30% more antiseptic than tea tree and can be used to treat the herpes virus. Some way you could use lemon myrtle -To help with athletes foot, use 1 drop per 10ml of carrier oil then dab directly onto the area with a cotton bud. -Clean floors and remove mold, add lemon myrtle to a bucket of hot water at 3% dilution. You can combine other essential oils for an extra boost. -Add a few drops of lemon myrtle to candle by the wick to freshen air and remove smells. Warning: Make sure you don't use lemon myrtle neat on the skin, irritation occurs stop using imminently
Neem Neem oil is a strong antimicrobial and is used for first aid to help skin heal its also good for infection and encourages detoxification, balance congested skin, repels insects and can be used as an anti fungal. Neem in incredibly rich in sterols that can provide a natural moisturiser to the skin. Some ways you could use neem -Fungal nail infection, blend 10ml of neem oil with 6 drops of tea tree, apply to the fungal nail with a cotton bud. -Anti-lice treatment, dilute 5ml of need oil with 95ml of almond or grapeseed oil. Massage into hair and scalp then comb through carefully leave it in for a couple of hours before shampooing twice, make sure to rinse thoroughly Warning:
palmarosa Palmarosa essential a light, sweet and rosy fragrance that is uplifting, it can help renew skin and hydrate. It can be used for facial care, female tonic and as a insect repellent. Some ways you could use palmarosa -Make a balancing face oil, mix 2 drops of palmarosa, petitgrain and rose geranium and blend into 30ml of jojoba oil. This can encourage cell renewal in both dry an oily skin. -Make floral insect repellent by blending 12-18 drops of palmarosa in 30ml of carrier oil, then apply to exposed skin. -For a bath oil to calm and lift up your mood, blend 3 drops of palmarosa, 4 drops of bergamot and 1 drop of ylang ylang into 15ml of sweet almond oil, 1 teaspoon of honey or half a cup of milk then add to warm water. Warning:
Peppermint Peppermint essential oil has a minty and fresh aroma that clears the head and gets rid of fatigue, it can also be used to relieve nausea, ease indigestion, as a nervine and as a tonic. Some ways you could use peppermint -Help clear the head and aid focus, add a few drops of peppermint oil that has been diluted in water to an oil burner or diffuser. -Relieve nausea, add 1 drop of peppermint and 1 drop of lemon to a tissue and breathe in. -Help ease digestive distress, blend 6 drops of peppermint into 10ml of carrier oil and massage into the abdomen. Warning: Peppermint can sensitise the skin if used at to high concentration. Avoid using if pregnet
Rosehip (Organic) Rosehip oil is a nourishing oil rich in fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants and retinoic acid. It's good for preventing premature aging, reducing wrinkles, stretch marks and scars. Because of the active ingredient's it encourages cell growth, collagen synthesis, helps to even skin tones and balancing pigmentation. As it's a semi-dry oil meaning it's absorbed easily and leaves minimal oil residue. some ways you could use rosehip -After cleansing, apply 2-3 drops to your face and neck then massage in gently. Alternatively ad to your moisturiser then apply as usual. -make an anti-aging face oil, mix equal parts jojoba, argan and rosehip oil with a few drops of appropriate essential oils such as roman chamomile, rose geranium or lavender. mix together then massage into cleansed skin. Warning:
Sandalwood Sandalwood essential oil has a woody, soothing and sweet aroma to it. Traditionally used in times of stress and anxiety, it can also balance and soften skin tones and conditions. Some ways you could use sandalwood -To make your own hair serum, add 2 drops of sandalwood to 10ml of argan oil and mix well. Smooth 2 drops of the blend onto the ends of clean wet hair to add shine and condition. -Have an inhalation by adding 2-3 drops of sandalwood to a bowl of steaming water and lean over, covering your head with a towel. This is also good for respiratory function as well as to enhance skin health. -For a relaxing bath, combine 4-6 of sandalwood with 10ml of carrier oil. Warning:
Tea tree Tea tree essential oil is a "must have" in your first aid kit as it's an antimicrobial, antiseptic, cleansing, astringent and stimulating. Some ways you could use tea tree -first aid antiseptic, dampen a cloth with warm water mixed in with 2 drops of tea tree and lavender oils to soothe sore skin. -Fungal nail infections, blend 6 drops of tea tree with 10ml of neem oil and apply to the fungal area with a cotton bud. -Acne and blemish oil, blend 2-3 drops of tea tree, 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of palmarosa into 15ml of jojoba and grapeseed oil. To make a gel, swop the carrier oils with 30ml of aloe Vera gel. Warning:
Ylang ylang Ylang ylang essential oil has a calming and relaxing aroma to it. It's also used as an aphrodisiac and to soothe nerves. Some ways you could use ylang ylang -Soothing nervous tension, put 2 drops of ylang ylang on a tissue and inhale. Alternatively ise a few drops diluted in water in an oil burner or diffuser. -For a perfume, blend 2 drops of ylang ylang, 2 drops of bergamot and 1 drop of patchouli in 10ml of jojoba oil. Apply 1 drop to your pulse points. Warning: can irritate very sensitive skin.
Bergamot Bergamot is a essential oil that has an uplifting, invigorating fresh citrus aroma to it, it is commonly used as an energiser, a deodorant and can also be used as a skin repairing oil. Some ways you can use bergamot -It can be good for uplifting the mood and restoring a frazzled nerves. put 2 drops on a tissue to inhale or use in an oil burner/diffuser. -Face oil for blemishes an oily skin. add up to 3 drops each of bergamot and geranium to 10ml of grapeseed carrier oil. Make sure to blend well and smooth a few drops onto your skin after cleansing. -Cold sores, combine 2 drops of each bergamot, tea tree and lavender essential oils and add to 19ml of carrier oil. Use a cotton bud to dab onto the cold sore. Warning: Photosensitive-avoid exposure to the sun after apply on your skin.
Castor (Organic) castor oil is a powerful oil that is traditionally used to encourage detoxification and cleansing. By using a technique called 'packing'. castor oil is a naturally astringent oil that helps draw impurities from your skin whilst soothing and calming itchy skin, it can also help nourish hair. Some ways you can use castor oil -Liver detox, warm some castor oil and drizzle it onto a muslin cloth. Wrap the cloth around your abdomen then place a hot water bottle onto the area to keep it warm. You may want to use a old sheet or t-shirt to protect your clothes from the oil as you relax for 30+ minutes. -To help clear up blocked pours and blemishes, use a cotton bud to dab a drop onto the affected area or add a drop to your cleanser then massage gently. -Deep conditioning hair treatment, blend 2 drops of rosemary essential oil with 10ml of castor oil then massage into dry hair. Leave for 20 minutes or more then wash off. Whilst this is nourishing for you hair it can also deepen the hair colour there for is recommended for darker hair only. Warning:
Chamomile (Roman) Roman chamomile has a relaxing, fruity, sweet apple like aroma. It's commonly used for soothing the skin, Calming joints and to balance the mind and body. Some ways you could use roman chamomile -Face oil for sensitive skin, combine 1 drop of roman chamomile with 2 teaspoons of jojoba carrier oil, then shake well. Massage 2-3 drops onto the skin after cleansing or use in your cleanser. -For stress and tension, mix 6 drops of roman chamomile oil to 10 ml carrier oil, 1 teaspoon of honey or half a cup of milk. Add the oil blend to hot bath water then swirl around until it disperses. -Menstrual cramps, combine 3 drops of roman chamomile and lavender essential oils into 2 teaspoons of carrier oil then massage over the abdomen, lower back and hips. Warning:
Clary sage Clary safe is an essential oil that has a herbaceous, sweet and relaxing sent. It is best know for being female balancing and skin soothing, it is often used in perfumery. Some ways you could use clary sage -Dandruff or an oily scalp, mix 1-2 drops of clary sage into 10ml of your shampoo -Emotional and hormonal imbalances, use 6 drops each of clary sage, roman chamomile and rose geranium in 20ml of carrier oil. Start by massaging into the soles of your feet and continue up all the way to your scalp. Warning: Avoid using during pregnancy and avoid alcohol after using clary sage.
Coconut (light) Coconut oil is a light non greasy and easily absorbed oil. It's ideal for the skin, hair and body care due to its softening, soothing and nourishing properties. Its very good for dry skin and it also be used in lip balms and hair care products. coconut oil is also rich in fatty acids as well as good levels of vitamin E, vitamin K, iron and antioxidants. It;s also a anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Some ways you could use coconut oil -Apply coconut oil to hair and scalp to help moisturise and repair dry hair. It can also help to reduce dandruff and protect against lice. Wrap a warm towel around your head and leave on for 20-30 minutes. shampoo out thoroughly. Warning:
Evening primrose (Organic) Evening primrose is an anti-inflammatory oil that is rich in fatty acids such as GLA and other micro nutrients. It can help clam troubled skin and reduce itchiness, redness, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne and dermatitis. Evening primrose can also help hydrate the skin, increase circulation. Rejuvenate tired and aging skin. Some ways you could use evening primrose -After cleansing, apply 2-3 drops onto your face and neck then massage gently or add a few drops to your moisturiser and apply as usual. -Face oil recipe, combine 5ml of evening primrose with 10ml of rosehip oil to 15ml of carrier oil and 5-8 drops of essential oils such as rose geranium or palmarosa. massage in after cleansing.
Warning: It's not recommended to take during pregnancy
Geranium and rose geranium Both geranium oils have a sweet floral sent with rose geranium being more floral. they are deodorising and skin renewing. They are both great for the skin and calming for the mind and body, Rose geranium is beneficial for balancing female hormones. Some ways you could use geranium and rose geranium -To support the body's natural detoxification, mix 8 drops of geranium or rose geranium, 6 drops of cedarwood and 4 drops of grapefruit into 30ml of carrier oil. Massage in upward strokes towards the heart, focusing on areas of congestion and cellulite. -Soothe damaged skin, soak a cloth in warm water with 2 drops of geranium or rose geranium and 2 drops of lavender, then apply to the skin. -To make a perfume, blend 2 drops of geranium or rose geranium, 2 drops of palmarosa and 1 drop of patchouli oil into 10ml of jojoba oil. apply 1-2 drops to your wrist and neck. Warning:
Grapeseed Grapeseed oil is a light and odourless oil that is great for oily and congested skin. it's also a useful base oil for problem skin, tightening and toning skin, hydrating skin and protecting the skin from damage. It also has high levels of vitamin e, flavonoids including procyanidin and antioxidants, that can help regenerate skin and protect cell membranes. Grapeseed oil is also rich in linoleic fatty acids that smooth and moisturizes the skin. Some ways you could use grapeseed -You can use grapeseed oil to reduce the thickness of other heavier carrier oils such as wheatgerm. -Making a simple cleansing oil, using 5ml of grapeseed oil massage onto the face and neck to dissolve makeup and dirt, then gently remove with damp cotton wool or a flannel, rinse with warm water. Warning:
Lavender Lavender essential oil is a must have for first aid kits, it's a anti-microbial, antiseptic and has a relaxing, soothing and calming aroma. Some ways you could use lavender -For a first aid, make a compress by mixing 5 drops of lavender in a bowl of warm water and use a cotton cloth to bathe the area. Alternatively dilute 1 drop of lavender into 5ml of aloe Vera gel or carrier oil then apply to sore skin -Aid restful and calm sleep put a few drops of lavender on a piece of muslin cloth or tissue then place inside you pillow. -Make a soothing bath oil, add 6-10 drops of lavender into 15ml of carrier oil, 1 teaspoon of honey or half a cup of milk. Add it all into a hot bath and swirl it around, relax in the bath for 15 minuets or more to help you unwind physically and emotionally. Warning:
Lemongrass lemongrass essential oil has zesty and tonifying aroma. It can also be used as an insect repellent and to assist recovery from sports injuries. Some way you could use lemongrass -Aftercare for sports massages, it's especially good for connective tissue. Combine 4 drops of lemongrass and 7 drops of lavender and rosemary essential oils into 30ml of carrier oil, massage in well. -Repel insects, add 6 drops of lemongrass diluted in water to an oil burner or diffuser. -Making a masculine fragrance oil, combine 4 drops of lemongrass with 7 drops of cedarwood and black pepper into 30ml of jojoba carrier oil. Blend well and apply to pulse points. Warning:
May chang may chang essential oil, which is also called the oil of tranquillity has a sweet and citrus aroma. Its good for calming the nervous system and for balancing both oily skin and hair. Some ways you could use may chang -Traditional application is to combine 6 drops of may chang with 10ml of sweet almond oil then anoint pulse points and the forehead with a few drops to calm the mind and enchance meditation. -Soothing and cleansing facial oil that can help close pores and minimize flare ups, use 1 drop of tea tree, may chang ad geranium into 30ml of carrier oil, then apply to cleansed skin. Warning:
Orange (Sweet) sweet orange essential oil has a tangy and juicy orange aroma to it. It can be used as a digestive tonic and lymphatic stimulant Some ways you could use sweet orange -Ease digestive upset and a sluggish bowel, combine 2 drops of sweet orange, lavender and clary sage in 10ml of carrier oil, then massage into the lower abdomen. - Waxing and polishing wood furniture, use 1 or 2 drops of sweet orange on your polishing cloth and use to enhance the wax and polish -As a pick me up, blend 3 drops of sweet orange, bergamot and petitgrain essential oils diluted in water then use in a oil burner or diffuser. Warning: Sweet orange can irritate sensitive skin.
Patchouli Patchouli essential oil has an earthy, rejuvenating and mood enhancing aroma. It can also be used as an aphrodisiac and relaxant. Some ways you could use patchouli -Create a perfume, blend 2 drops of patchouli, ylang ylang and rose geranium into 10ml of jojoba oil. Pour into a 10ml bottle and shake well before each use. -Help dry sore, cracked heels, mix 2 drops of patchouli, lavender and roman chamomile into 10ml of wheatgerm oil then massage into clean feet (don't use on broken skin) Warning:
Petitgrain Petitgrain essential oil has a relaxing balance and a tonifying aroma, used for skin care and to calm the body Some way you could used petitgrain -Oily and blemished skin, blend 2 drops of petitgrain, 3 drops of clary sage and 2 drops of lavender oils into 20ml of grapeseed carrier oil. Apply 2-3 drops after cleansing in the morning and at night. -Make a homemade deodorant, blend 1 drop rose geranium, lavender and petitgrain oils into 10ml of aloe Vera gel. Apply in the morning after a shower or bath . -To help relieve nervous tension and to encouraging calming, apply 2 drops of petitgrain oil to your pillow or a piece of muslin inserted inside our pillow case at bedtime. Warning:
Rosemary Rosemary essential oil has an energising, herbaceous and woody aroma. It's commonly used to help simulate the brain, improve memory and mental clarity as well as help with clearing congestion, warm cold muscles, aid liver and enhance hair health. Some ways you could use rosemary -For a scalp treatment, blend 2 drops of rosemary in 5ml each of argan and jojoba oil. Massage well into the scalp and hair allowing the oils to be absorbed, leave overnight and wash out in the morning. This could deepen hair colour so it's considered more suitable for darker hair. -To use as a sports massage, mix 8 drops of rosemary, 6 drops of lavender, 4 drops of black pepper and 2 drops of peppermint into 30ml of sweet almond oil, then massage into the skin -Help focusing the mind, use 5-10 drops of rosemary oil diluted in an oil burner or diffuser. Alternatively use 2-3 drops onto a tissue and inhale. Warning: Not suitable to use if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or epilepsy
Sesame (Organic) Sesame oil is semi dry oil that is easily absorbed. It's also a popular carrier oil that is often used in aromatherapy and as a massage oil, Traditionally used in the practice of Indian medicine to remove heat, reduce stress and pacify the nervous system. Sesame oil is rich in fatty acids that include linoleic acid and oleic acid, as well as a large number of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron and zinc. Some ways you could use sesame seed oil -Traditional detoxification to clean the teeth and gums, swish 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil around your mouth, "pulling" through the teeth for 20 minutes every morning. Spit the oil out do not swallow and rinse with salt water. -revitalising morning ritual, warm up some sesame seed oil and massage in into your skin, starting at your feet and using a long sweeping motions up towards the heart, let the oil soak in then shower. Warning:
Wheatgerm Wheatgerm oil is a thick and viscous oil, that is suitable for dry, damaged or mature skin. It's nourishing and rich in powerful plant-nutrients that prevent premature ageing and promote smoother, younger looking skin, as well as helping heal scar tissue and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Wheatgerm is also rich in proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamin E and plethora of other micro nutrients. Some ways you could use wheatgerm -Moisturise dry, tired or damaged skin, blend 20ml of sweet almond oil with 10ml of wheatgerm and gently massage into the skin. -Blend 6-18 drops of your favourite essential oils into 30ml of wheatgerm oil to make a super hydrating body oil, massage in well after a bath or shower making sure to make attention to the dry areas. Warning: