Self Care and Aromatic Dressing.

One of the things I love MOST about doTERRA, is all of the opportunities essential oils provide for self-care.

Whether it’s stopping to breathe in the aroma of a calming or grounding oil, applying purefume to my wrists or aromatically dressing after a shower, there are lots of ways to check in with how I’m feeling and choose an oil to support me.

Frankincense is a really beautiful oil that is used for Its soothing and beautifying properties. It can revitalise the appearance of the skin and help reduce the appearance of imperfections when applied topically. When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall spiritual and emotional wellness.

I don’t know about you, but Frankie is an oil I reach for A LOT! So grab this baby and support your skin and emotions in an epic way.

An Aromatic Dressing is a really beautiful way to connect with your body, to slow down and treat yourself at the same time.

It’s as simple as getting 10mL of carrier oil [Fractionated Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Kernel Oil etc] and start with adding up to five drops of Frankincense in a bowl.

After your shower or bath, you’ll lock the kids out of the bathroom and spend ten minutes nourishing your skin, body and soul.

Start with your feet and toes and with slow, circular, upward motions massage the oil all over your body. Remember, this mix is safe for your face, so once you are literally covered head to toe, you can float straight off to bed feeling like an absolute goddess!!!

Bonus tip: One of my favourite combos is 2 drops Frankincense, 2 drops Lavender and 1 drop Wild Orange!

Will you commit to feeling like a goddess and aromatically dress yourself tonight?

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Essential Oils and Ageless Skin

Ageing is not just about how you look – there’s a whole ageing process occurring in your body on a daily basis.

On the one hand, it’s an important process that everyone is going to undergo. On the other hand, outside factors can significantly speed up the process of ageing, especially the effects it has on your skin.

As the skin ages, the layers of tissue and cells that form that firm, clear, youthful skin begin to thin. This contributes to the sagging, wrinkled, more translucent skin of old age. It can also affect healing and display other kinds of damage, like age spots.

While this process is going to occur to some extent in every person, there are factors that will speed it up, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Toxic products
  • Dry skin

You may also find that heavy stress levels can make you age prematurely, as well. By changing the way we take care of our skin with essential oils for skin, we can actually affect the ageing process itself.

While good DIY body care products make a major difference in nourishing and protecting your skin from the effects of ageing, there are a few very specific essential oils for your skin that work well in skin treatments and anti-ageing formulations.

Use of these essential oils for your skin in your normal body care products or as specific anti-ageing oils to complement efforts to improve skin health and slow down the ageing process.

Essential Oils for Skin: Helichrysum

Though helichrysum is also named immortelle for its long-lasting blooms, the name bodes well for its ability to combat ageing and turn back time. True to expectations, helichrysum essential oil is widely used in skincare preparations, usually for anti-ageing purposes.

The benefits of helichrysum essential oil are said to occur at a cellular level, restoring the cell structures that spread and thin with age. It’s a precious and usually pricey oil, but worth it to find and enjoy genuine helichrysum.

Application: Because of the price, helichrysum is best added as an ingredient within a cream or formula, usually for small applications like the face or a small scar.

Essential Oils for Skin: Rosemary

We know rosemary to be a good choice for skincare and hair health, but for anti-ageing ability we can sneak in some extra benefits from rosemary essential oil.

A study in 2007 took rosemary and lavender oils and tested its effects via inhalation. After simply breathing in the oil, participants were found to have lowered cortisol levels and better free radical scavenging antioxidant levels.

What does that mean for skin? Free radical damage is a big part of the appearance of ageing, and stress – manifested in high cortisol levels – can exacerbate it.

Application: It seems that simply smelling these essential oils for skin can have anti-aging effects! Diffuse, use via personal inhalers, or add to topical treatments.

Essential Oils for Skin: Geranium

The delicacy of floral oils can be misleading – they are strong and effective in so many different situations! Geranium essential oil, specifically rose geranium, is another of the essential oils for ageless skin that finds its way into skincare to combat ageing.

One good indication of geranium’s anti-ageing abilities is that of it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Tested in the lab for its efficacy against swelling, rose geranium was confirmed as a strong enough anti-inflammatory compound that pharmaceutical companies are digging to be able to exploit.

Keeping inflammation at bay helps to keep skin strong and resilient even while moving into the golden years.

Application: Include geranium essential oil in daily use DIY skin care products.

Essential Oils for Skin: Lavender

Another anti-inflammatory oil, lavender essential oil is a go-to for safe and restorative skin treatments. In fact, lavender is an excellent example of whole body health, affecting the ageing process from direct skin treatments to indirect calming benefits that ultimately impact skin health.

Whether topical for healing and rejuvenation, ingested and diffused for anxiety and stress (that ultimately damages health and skin), or inhaled with rosemary for stress and antioxidants, lavender is always a good choice.

Application: Keep lavender on hand as an addition to most DIY applications and uses of essential oils for skin. It’s versatility is hardly matched – you’ll be glad you invested in a good lavender oil!

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF AGEING SKIN

Since time can’t be avoided entirely, (although we all wished it did), we will all have to deal with ageing skin at some point. Caring for our skin well is an important part of ageing gracefully. So it’s imperative to remember to:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure
  • Use a non-toxic sunscreen
  • Use natural body care products
  • Stay hydrated
  • Moisturise regularly
  • Minimise stress
  • Minimise external toxin exposure

It’s also important to manage other health conditions that may contribute to problems with the skin. Diabetes, obesity, circulatory issues, inflammatory illness, and stress are all major contributors to skin damage and poor ageing.

Take care of yourself – mind and body – to make the most of your DIY essential oils for skin care products!

You can add skin-healing essential oils to any DIY skincare product, maximising the antioxidant and rejuvenating effects. But for a simple essential oil blend to moisturise the skin, start with a healing carrier oil.

Jojoba is one of the most renowned oils for anti-ageing, restorative effects. In a 2013 review, researchers summarized that “jojoba has anti-inflammatory effect[s] and it can be used on a variety of skin conditions including skin infections, skin ageing, as well as wound healing.”

Combine about 1% essential oil ratio with your carrier oil of choice. Try any combination of oils like:

  • Helichrysum
  • Neroli
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Yarrow
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Frankincense
  • Melissa
  • Geranium

Be sure to respect individual oils’ dermal recommendations! Some, like Ylang Ylang, may require less than 1% to be used to avoid skin complications. Experiment with your favourite fragrances and essential oil blends to create a one of a kind essential oil application with an anti-ageing, pampering result.

Some essential oils can have medication, medical condition, or even age-related contraindications. Check with the appropriate resources to determine if any particular essential oils are suited for your health status before implementing the recommendations on this blog post. If you are not sure if something is appropriate for you, we suggest working with a qualified aromatherapist to help determine your needs in this area.

As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

In the meantime, be sure that you are always diluting your essential oils the right way!

Just a little aside for your general information when using skin care products. The normal process of skin rejuvenation in a younger person is 28 days, in a more mature person that process will be slightly longer at 40 days. If you start using skin care products specifically to reduce the signs of ageing, take this into account before you will see any marked results.

Have you tried any of the essential oils for skin that were recommended? Let us know what worked well for you.

HOW DO ESSENTIAL OILS WORK?

How do Essential oils work?” can be a difficult question to answer. And one that will always be asked. Unless, you have had a personal experience with essential oils, or someone you know has; then it can be difficult to understand how these volatile liquids, do what they do! And how they do what you are being told. 

Let’s look at how they work in a clinical situation.

How Do Essential Oils Work Clinically?

There is a wide array of essential oils that can be used for a myriad of different ailments. Whilst you have to remember they’re not considered cures, they do work in ‘tandem’ with other medicinal steps you may be taking, which have been prescribed by your doctor.

I don’t want to bore you anymore with the scientific information, but I do want to explain to you further. I will endeavour to try and make this as simple to understand as humanly possible, because I do not entirely understand myself all of the science behind how the oils do what they do. But I am always learning and researching on a daily basis.

There are different attributes to each oil that make it helpful to use when trying to assist in ‘whole body wellness’. Each of these attributes, listed below are part of the chemical makeup of an essential oil. While not every oil will have all the attributes listed, it is a good bet that many of them have at least two or three of these compounds within their chemical makeup.

  • Terpenes – inhibit toxin accumulation and discharge them from liver and kidneys
  • Esters – antifungal, calming, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral
  • Oxides – expectorant, antiseptic, anesthetic
  • Alcohols – antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, stimulate immunes system
  • Phenols – fragrance, antiseptic, antibacterial, possibly anti-cancerous
  • Ketones – stimulate cell regeneration, loosen mucous
  • Aldehydes – anti-infectious, sedative, topical irritants, calming when inhaled

What the list above does tells us, is that each attribute can be helpful to the body in it’s own way. This is regardless of what condition you are trying to manage or prevent, these attributes can assist you in doing so effectively.

How Do Essential Oils Work Topically?

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The skin is one of the easiest ways to use essential oils.  Why is this so? They are absorbed quickly due to their molecular size, compared to other oils whose molecular size is larger. Thus allowing their benefits to do their work quickly in the body with minimal effort on your part. Just rub and enjoy!

To avoid sensitivity, they are best used in a carrier oil of your choice. For example, fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil. I would like to point out, that this doesn’t change the desired effect you are wanting to achieve. You have to remember these oils are potent, and the last thing you want is to build up a sensitivity to any of the oils.

Some practitioners suggest massaging the skin first to aid in the absorption of the oils. I would agree with this advice because during my time using essential oils, I have seen firsthand how they absorb into the skin. They often absorb better if you loosen the skin and open the pores a bit to receive the oils. The best place to apply oils is on the soles of the feet, the pores found there are much larger than anywhere else on the body. When it comes to working with the oils in a topical manner, it is important to remember that not all oils should be used on the skin. Some oils such as Clove and Oregano, fit into this warning. They are considered hot oils. These types of oils can produce variable skin reactions that are not pleasant. To use these essential oils in this manner. It is best, to dilute in a carrier oil to aid the absorption of the oil, without unwanted desired effects. Great idea right? There is another way but we will talk about that later. If you want to know, keep reading. Unless, you’ve fallen asleep 😴

How Does Inhalation Work?

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The oils also work well through inhalation. Inhalation is a great way to use the oils. The way they work through this method is through the olfactory nerves and system. These are specific cells that relate to not only the nasal passages but the whole system of the body. Studies have been shown that oils have a direct effect on the brain and how the body responds to specific oils.

You can use an ultrasonic diffuser, this is filled with water and you add 3-5 drops of the oil. This kind of diffuser doesn’t alter the properties of the oil, it merely produces a fine mist of humidified vapour and dispersing the oil into the surrounding air. The effect is almost immediate.

A great example is when you inhale Lavender oil. One of the main uses of lavender is to relax the body and mind. The easiest way to use this particular oil, in my experience is to inhale it. This is found to be true with lots of people who have used the oil in this way. There are a handful of studies showing how lavender effects the brain, but I’m sure like anything there is probably more research being undertaken.

How Do Essential Oils Work When Ingested?

Use appropriate dilution of oils.

 

This is a difficult question to answer. The reason is because there are two standard thought patterns with this mode of use.

Some say you should never use them this way while others use them frequently in this manner. I have used oils internally for a while and believe that, when used correctly, essential oils do work can contribute to and aid in the wellness of the individual.

The problem with ingestion comes down to the purity of the oils you are using. Due to the fact that companies are not regulated by governing bodies when it comes to their claims of purity, this can be a sticky situation to try and address.

There are guidelines in the appropriate dilution and maximum amount per day. Please ensure you adhere to this at all times.

I recommend doing your research and looking for studies on any company you are considering. When you look at the companies or grades of oils that company produces, keep in mind the grades of essential oils.

Do Essential Oils Work?

This is a good question, and one I get asked frequently. It really depends on how the individual decides to use the oils. It also greatly depends on what you are using the oils for. Some people will only choose to inhale them, or apply them topically whilst others will regularly use them internally when appropriate.

Personally, I use essential oils in a variety of ways. I use them in every way mentioned on this blog post and have had great success with them whilst others have not been successful at all.

I believe it to be important to tell you this because different oils will react to your body and it’s systems in different ways. What works for one person, often may not work for another in the same way. It is my hope and desire that if you take the journey into essential oils that they work well for you, no matter how you decide to use them.

When you decide to start out with essential oils, it is important to understand the variety of effectiveness for each person. This is because each persons body is unique and that can, and often does change the outcome of how the oils will work for you and others. It may mean, a bit of trial and error in regards to the oils. This means possibly using a combination of oils to reach your desired outcome.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post. I would love for you to leave me a comment, if you have been successful in finding the right oil for you and the particular problem you were looking at alleviating.

Please feel free to contact me at any time via my email at julie@holistichealthandwellbeinggroup.com

Whether it’s purely for a chat, or advice to find your oil. 😊