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Frankincense is a medicinal essential oil with a long history. It is a scented resin from trees of the genus Boswellia which grows in the Arabian Peninsula. The oil helps protect your skin cells and reduces scar appearance, dark marks, and large pores. It is the number-one choice for an evening out skin, so it can be used anywhere the skin becomes saggy, like the abdomen and below the eyes. It has the ability to strengthen the skin and improve its flexibility and tone. It helps fade surgery scars and stretch marks from pregnancy. It also defends skin against bacteria.
Pomegranate seed oil has extremely high concentrations of antioxidants, which help to prevent free radical damage and slow the aging process. Acids contained in this oil nourish the skin, enhance elasticity, and promote cell regeneration. Pomegranate seed oil also heals and protects dry, burnt, irritated or damaged skin. This essential oil’s dark red color is due to the presence of bioflavonoids, which protect your skin from sunburn. Thus pomegranate seed oil can be used as a natural sunscreen – it even has its own SPF rating.
Geranium oil is an efficient anti-inflammatory. It helps to soothe your senses and has a sweet, perfume-like a flowery scent. It also improves movement beneath the skin’s surface, which aids cell regeneration, making it beneficial against wrinkles, dark scars, and other skin imperfections. Geranium oil’s natural astringency helps to tighten the skin, regulate sebum, and improve the look of pores. Other properties keep the skin looking young, clean and clear and protect it from damage.
Myrrh is a scented sap-like substance that comes from a thorny tree of the genus Commiphora. Africans and Middle Easterners use it as a perfume, medicine, and incense. Myrrh has been tested for its wound-healing properties, and it contains antioxidants that help to reverse aging. It also boosts skin strength and tone, especially in facial skin, for a soft, healthy, and young-looking countenance. It’s also good for healing sunburns, rashes, and eczema.
If your main goal is to reduce age spots, apply lavender oil on your skin when you wake up in the morning, after every shower, and before you go to bed. Toxins, pollutants, and chemicals contain free radicals that interfere with your immune system and can cause other damage to your body and your skin. Lavender oil specifically targets the skin, bringing it into a healing mode which improves internal cellular communication.
Research shows that lavender oil is so effective in fighting free radicals because it’s so rich in the powerful antioxidants superoxide dismutase, glutathione, and catalase. These three have a synergistic effect with compounds found in aloe vera and coconut oil, so mixing lavender with those has profound benefits for your skin.
Carrot seed oil comes from dried seeds of the wild carrot plant, Daucus carota, also known as Queen Anne’s lace, which is in the Apiaceae family. This plant originated in India, Egypt, and France, but is now grown worldwide.
In Chinese traditional medicine, carrot seed oil is believed to treat dysentery and expel worms. It is also used as a massage oil to relieve muscle pains, mixed with other oils to make perfumes, and used as a lotion to tan and moisturize the skin. It is known to have antiseptic, purifying, cell protective, diuretic, and anti-parasitic properties. It also:
- Helps to heal abscesses, boils, ulcers and other skin lesions
- Nurtures, tightens, and rejuvenates skin
- Assists in cell regeneration
Carrot seed oil is best used topically by applying a few drops on the affected area.
This oil is great for both sensitive and mature skin. It is used to tone sagging skin and smooth fine lines. Neroli oil is a rejuvenating oil that contains citral, which is a natural chemical that promotes cellular regeneration. That makes it useful for preventing and healing stretch marks. It also has the effect of balancing oil production and shrinking the appearance of pores while the skin remains soft and moisturized.
The above anti-aging essential oils are generally non-irritating, but it’s always best to make sure. To check for any adverse effects, just apply one or two drops to the back of your hand and wait for a few hours. If you don’t see any redness or irritation, it’s safe to continue using the oil.
Finally, please be aware that not all essential oils are safe for pregnant or nursing women. Essential oils all have bioactive compounds which may be used by adults in small amounts but can be harmful to infants and small children. If you are or may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding, you should consult a physician before using any essential oil or other natural remedy.
Because of their high antioxidant content, anti-aging essential oils are very effective in protecting against skin damage and slowing skin aging by promoting cellular regeneration. Try one today to see the positive results!