Beauty regimen with essential extracts

It is said that ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used to extract essences from plants and harness their soothing and calming effect. Here’s how you could try and incorporate some of these essential oils into your daily beauty regimen.

Lavender essential oil

Given, the soothing, calming effect of lavender, it is an excellent alternative for those who prefer natural treatments, as it is gentle, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

  • Lavender can be used to scent your hair. Add a few drops of lavender oil to you shampoo when washing hair, or you can also dab on some lavender oil on the bristles of your hairbrush before you use it. Apart from adding scent, it will also add shine to your hair.
  • Lavender can be used to cleanse and soothe skin. To 118ml of liquid glycerine soap, or castile soap, and add 10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Shake and use when needed.
  • Adding five to six drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water can make your bath more relaxing and rejuvenating.

Note: Unlike other essential oils, lavender does not require to be diluted and can be used directly on the skin, as it provides relaxation.

Eucalyptus essential oil

The Eucalyptus oil is versatile in nature and has an invigorating smell.
• Few drops of eucalyptus oil can be applied directly to scalp and massaged to stimulate blood flow. It can also be mixed with shampoo / conditioner to re-vitalize dull and lifeless hair.
• A small drop of this oil dabbed on the neck serves as the purest form of perfume, due to its fragrant and naturally stimulating nature.
• Eucalyptus essential oil can be the ideal, healing massage oil, safe enough for daily use, thereby treating dry and itchy skin. 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil can be mixed with 2 cups of olive oil and massaged for clean, healthy skin.
Note: Excess use of this essential oil can lead to headaches.

Rosewood essential oil

Rosewood has seductive, spicy floral scent and is said to be a natural antidepressant.

  • Spray a towel with mixture of rosewood oil and hot water. Wrap the towel around your body and cover with a blanket. This is an excellent way to get rid of body toxins.
  • Adding 15 drops of the essential oil to one ounce of mild shampoo or conditioner, shake well, to make the unscented shampoo, scented.
  • Add 15 drops of this essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil such as jojoba oil or sweet almond oil, shake to blend. Massage this on to your body, and it works wonders.

Note: Always dilute rosewood essential oil before use.

Tea tree essential oil

The tea tree essential oil is concentrated plant oil, is very spicy, and hence, a great remedy for oily and acne-prone skin.

  • Mix together 2 drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of jojoba oil or combine it with little cold cream. Apply to cracked, chapped lips daily. This can also be used on dry, inflamed cuticles.
  • Combine 3 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of yogurt or a paste made of oatmeal and water. Apply to skin and leave for 8 to 10 minutes and wash off with warm water.
  • Tea tree oil can be used as a remedy for dry and damaged hair. Purchase tea tree oil based shampoo, or add few drops of pure oil to your regular shampoo It unclogs hair follicles and keeps scalp hydrated.

Note: When applying tea tree oil on the lips, avoid licking your lips too often, as the oil gets toxic when swallowed.

Bergamot essential oil

The rich, exotic, fresh and sweet smell of Bergamot essential oil is used for its stimulating fragrance and in home remedies.

  • Mix one part bergamot with five parts of aloe-vera gel. Apply the solution twice a day, diluting further, if you experience any skin irritation. This can serve as an anti-acne solution.
  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of bergamot essential oil into your body lotions or massage oils. Mix well and test the aroma until you achieve your desired strength. Use this for massages to relieve muscle tension.
  • To get the healing and aromatic benefits of bergamot, add 5 drops of the essential oil to warm bath. Such an aromatic bath helps relieve mental and physical tension and soothes skin.

Note: Bergamot is photo-toxic. It can make skin sensitive to sunlight. Hence, apply a sunscreen lotion when using Bergamot, or avoid using it when stepping out in the sun.

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