Essential oils can be extremely nourishing to your skin. I have had the clearest and brightest skin tone since making my own skin care products using oils and carriers. Not only is my skin the best, and proper hydration also plays a role, but it’s saved me money and time. Plus it’s convenient when I run out of something to just make some more in 5-10 mins or less. The following are my 5 favorite recipies for DIY skin care products I use daily. Plus the oils have side benefits that help to elevate mood and support my immune system. I also eliminate toxins from my daily routine and therefore help to prevent health concerns later by using these products.
- 3 TBS Arrow Root Powder
- 3 TBS Beeswax – grated
- 3 TBS Coconut Oil
- 3 TBS Shea Butter
- 20 drops Lemon & Lavender Essential Oil
Using a double broiler or one pot on top of boiling water in another (that’s what I do for the same effect) melt coconut oil, Shea butter and bees wax. Add arrow root powder and mix. Remove from heat and add essential oils, I use 10 drops of each lemon and lavender, but you can use any oil you would like, tea tree would be a good oil to use for a more heavy duty deodorant. Pour into an empty deodorant bottle and cool in the fridge for a few hours. And there you have your very own home made deodorant.
2. Lip Gloss
- Coconut Oil
- Avacado Oil
- Wild Orange
You can use an empty lip gloss bottle or order some off Amazon for a few bucks. I used fractionated coconut oil and fill contair about 3/4. Add avacado oil for the remaining 1/4 and add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Avoid any phototoxic oils to prevent skin damage. Sweet orange is a citrus oil that is not phototoxic.
3. Acne Smoother
- Baking Soda
- Avacado Oil
- Lemon, Frankincense & Lavender Essential Oil
Mix 1 TBS baking soda with enough avacado oil to create a paste and add a drop of each, lemon lavender and frankincense. Smooth on to problem area or breakouts. I left mine on overnight. Do not use for more than a week as can cause dry skin.
4. Face Powder/Foundation
- Arrow Root Powder
- Cocoa Powder
Start with a base of a few spoons of arrow root powder and add little by little cocoa powder, nutmeg and cinnamon until you reach a desired shade. It’s actually quite fun to play around with the color!
5. Revitilizing Toner
- Witch Hazel
- Neroli, Lavender, Frankincense & Tea Tree Essential oils
Simply add the listed essential oils or choose your favorite skin nourshing oils to add to your witch hazel.
The Basics of You
Everyone remembers from grade school learning about cells. Cells are the smallest unit of life. They are what makes up your tissues, organs and entire body! So it makes sense that the at the simplest, lowest level, our health starts. Nourishing and providing an ideal environment for our cells can help to maintain optimal health. When you nourish your cells, you are nourishing your tissues, organs and entire body.
Disease and illness occur at the beginning of a misfunctioning cell. In cells, there are two types of disease or two causes of misfunction: deficiency and toxicity. When a cell becomes deficient in nutrients and energy or too toxic because of outside factors (environment) tissue and organ function are compromised.
The cell has many jobs but two of the most important jobs is to protect cell DNA within the nucleus and provide energy for all body processes. Your DNA is present in each cell within your body and must be protected and left un-errored in replication as your cells reproduce. If the DNA becomes damaged it is known as a mutation. A cell mutation can cause a range of issues from damage, inflammation, pain cell death, or weakened tissues. Multiple mutations in a cell’s DNA can result in cancer. Cancer is nothing more than your own cells, mutated. This doesn’t occur with a single mutation but rather is multi-factorial and the result of multiple exposures to toxins or any outside stimuli causing damage to the cells. Toxins can range from cigarette smoke to chemical household cleaners. The food we eat and liquids we drink can also affect our cells. Anything we touch eat or smell that comes into contact with us will affect our cells in some way, good or bad.
Essential Oil Benefits
Essential oils can be an excellent support system for your cellular health. Oils use chemical compounds and messages to interact with the body, they do not provide nutrition to you or your cells. You need to maintain a proper and healthy diet and limit toxins as much as possible for best cellular health. There are many aspects to this but we will only be discussing they essential oil role further. Essential oils act by interacting with the inside of the nose (the olfactory membrane) when inhaled, and chemical messages are sent to the limbic system and cerebral cortex in the brain. Chemical components are also absorbed through the mucous membrane of the lungs and into the blood stream. So while oils can be applied to specific areas you will see a systemic benefit.
Essential oils are lipophilic so they are readily absorbed by the skin and are able to permeate your cell membrane. This ability is what makes essential oils so effective at fighting viruses and bacteria. This is true for pure essential oils, any oil that has additives and synthetics this will not hold true. Essential oils are an excellent way to help support and maintain optimal health and body functions.