The Benefits of Essential Oils for Skin, Hair and Nails

By on 04/13/2016
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While essential oils may be all the rage right now, they certainly aren’t new. The use of various oil extracts to promote health, healing and beauty can be traced back over 5,000 years!

Many attribute the growing popularity of these oils in today’s society to the re-awakened awareness that natural, holistic and historically proven methods can actually be more beneficial than our current overuse of western medicine and pharmaceuticals.

Another great perk to using holistic methods is the range of use. Essential oils are used to treat ailments like colds, insomnia, anxiety, and obesity, but they can also be used cosmetically to promote healthier skin, hair, nails and more.

Essential Oils For Stronger Nails

Create a strengthening nail rub by combining 3 drops of geranium oil, 3 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of lemon oil and 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Mix together and store in a glass container or glass roll-on bottle.

Massage this mixture onto nails and cuticles once a day for stronger, shiner nails and softer cuticles.

Essential Oils For Stronger, Shinier Hair

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Use the right essential oils for your hair type to promote stronger, shinier and longer hair growth (as well as a healthier scalp too)!

For dry, damaged hair:

  • Combine 3-5 drops each of lavender, rosemary, thyme and sandalwood oils with 6 tablespoons of almond, avocado, jojoba or cocoa butter carrier oils (a stabilizing oil used to dilute and preserve essential oils).
  • Apply from scalp all the way to ends of hair and let soak for 60-80 min. Rinse with warm water. Do this every other day until hair improves, then maintain with once weekly treatments.

For oily, flat hair:

  • Combine 3-5 drops each of lemon, peppermint, cypress and lavender oils with 6 tablespoons of sesame, jojoba or borage carrier oils.
  • Apply just to scalp and let soak for 60-80 min. Rinse well with warm water. Repeat daily for 1 week, then maintain with 1-2 treatments a week.

To treat occasional dandruff:

  • Combine 3-5 drops each of rosemary, thyme and tea tree oils with 6 tablespoons jojoba or borage carrier oil.
  • Massage into scalp daily for 7-10 days, or until dandruff is gone.

Essential Oils For Smoother, Younger Skin

For that perfect, glowing complexion use the following oils that compliment your skin type:

  • Rose oil – Good for dry, aging skin. Also helps treat acne.
  • Jasmine – Antibacterial, increases moisture and promotes elasticity.
  • Neroli (Orange Blossom) – Good for sensitive and/or oily skin. Also helps in scar treatment.
  • Ylang Ylang – Good with all skin types. Helps reduce blemishes and nourishes skin cells.
  • Bergamont – Good for problematic skin. Reduces age spots, blemishes, eczema, and cold sores. orange blossom essential oil skin

As with all others, combine a few drops of your chosen essential oils with a few tablespoons of a face-friendly carrier oil. Use grape seed or avocado oil for oily skin, and coconut or sesame oil for other skin types.

To pre-make larger batches of any of these mixes, simply double all ingredients and be sure to store in a glass container. A good overall ratio is 12 total drops of essential oils for every 1 ounce of carrier oil. Store in a temperature stable area (not in the shower) and do not contaminate the oils by introducing bacteria into mixture (can happen if putting unwashed fingers into container, or reusing rags, brushes or q-tips as well).

These oils have been used for thousands of years. They are tried and true and can safely, naturally and holistically help improve your skin, hair and nails (and help fight a cold too!).

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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