Essential oils have been increasing in popularity for their therapeutic and invigorating effects on our health. It wasn’t long before they were also recognized as important and effective elements of good skincare, especially as they are not only powerful but also natural skincare products. Keeva Organic’s launched a line of essential oil remedies to rave customer reviews and we want to spread the knowledge!
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Here are the Top 5 essential oils you should add to your skincare routine:
Widely known for it’s use in relaxing aromatherapy, lavender also soothes skin and has anti-inflammatory properties which is ideal for treating burns or eczema. Lavender also boosts blood circulation which promotes healthier skin, balanced tone and healing. It’s also been discovered to pack quite the punch! Lavender has antiseptic properties that fight bacteria causing acne and antioxidants helping to rebalance your skin and repair the damage done by toxins and pollutants.
Lavender has a long history of usage from people all over the world including:
- Cooking: Lavender is part of the herb and mint family and the dried flowers are widely used for tea or as a garnish.
- Therapy: The flowers are distilled and made into oil which is used for everything from aromatherapy to wound treatment due to the antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
- Scent: Lavender has long been a popular fragrance which comes at no surprise considering it’s added benefit of sparking relaxation.
How to Use it
Dab clean cotton in lavender oil and press onto the affected area, leaving on overnight for best results. You can also mix 2.5 parts water and 1 part oil to create a toner for daily use. Shake well and apply after cleansing the face.
Not something every natural ingredient can claim, geranium oil is effective in treating wrinkles! In fact there have been quite a few essential oils that are noted to fight aging. An astringent by nature, it promotes contracting of the skin, and even larger areas such as your muscle. This same contracting effect aids in quicker healing by promoting blood circulation and closing of open wounds. Geranium also has antibacterial properties that help in the fight to keep the skin surface clean and outbreak free. Last, but not least, geranium is also a noted depression and anxiety reducer, which helps curb wrinkles and fatigued skin. In fact, there are quite a few essential oils that help you fight aging!
How to Use it
A little geranium goes a long way! Add a few drops to your usual toner or lotion for daily use. For more focused use, add 5 drops to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or massage oil and massage into the affected area.
A smooth operator, basil oil is best used for it’s anti-inflammatory and skin boosting properties. If you have irritated areas or eczema, basil will soothe your skin and promote healing while fighting any bacteria that may be causing the issue. Basil gives your skin a good boost of Vitamin C, promotes blood circulation and supports your skin’s collagen - which all adds up to a great and natural product for youthful skin.
Basil origins reach to India, where the plant was used in cooking and believed to ward off spiritual evil. It was common in religious burial ceremonies and planted around homes as protection. Interestingly while basil isn’t a foremost ingredient in India, it can be found in dishes all over the world, favored for its deep and strong flavor.
How to Use it
To fight acne mix basil with lemon juice and leave on the affected area for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well and moisturize with a soothing toner or lotion. To soothe an affected area, mix basil with coconut oil or water and consistently cover the area.
Frankincense essential oil is a skincare triple threat! It not only has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin and help treat scars but also helps even skin tone by promoting blood circulation and boosts regeneration of skin cells to repair and revitalize the skin. This means frankincense oil is essential for almost all aspects of skincare, soothing, balancing, rejuvenation and repair.
How to Use it
Just add a few drops to your preferred toner or lotion for daily use. Remember, it’s strong and toxic for you in large doses so be sure to reap frankincense oil’s benefits over a period of time, not all at once.
Tea tree oil is powerful in skincare and overall health, so much so that it’s been cited to be as effective as chemical treatments, of course without the damaging, harsh side effects. The plant has grown to become the active ingredient in several health products, from toothpaste to beauty, treating everything from warts and acne to psoriasis because of the following properties:
- Disease Prevention
It’s one of the most effective natural ingredients in preventing disease. The healing properties of the Tea Tree leaf, which comes from the Melaleuca tree, was discovered in the early 1800’s. The leaves would be boiled or ground up and applied directly to any wounds which helped people heal faster and fight infection.
How to Use it
Tea tree oil is best used diluted. A 5% solution can be used as a strong toner, coupled with a soothing component, to fight outbreaks and balance oily skin. If your skin is already dry it may be best to use tea tree oil only in concentrated and affected areas. You can also use it to treat viral infections such as cold sores with direct applications 3-4 times a day, though it should never be consumed.