The application of essential oils to the skin is becoming increasingly popular in aromatherapy practice and brings effective benefits through massage. The essential oils penetrate the layers of the skin and circulate in the body. Used in their purest form, essential oils are powerful and can irritate the skin. So always mix them with a carrier oil to dilute them. Typically, you should use about 20 drops per 2 tablespoons of carrier oil.
I am often asked what to do with essential oil. There are a variety of essential oils to choose from, some in pure form and others as blended blends of different oils. Start by putting together a starter kit of essential oils for your home so you can work with them and figure out which ones are right for you and your needs.
A guide to get started is to buy some of the most popular oils. I would suggest starting with the following:
Tea tree Oil for its many benefits as a home remedy
Lemon as it’s a great cleaner
lavender, excellent for relaxation, anxiety and sleep aid.
peppermint as a pain reliever.
rose for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties.
Bergamot for its pain relieving, antidepressant properties.
eucalyptus, perfect for treating the family with a cold or flu
jasmineto treat dry skin and relieve fatigue.
sandalwood for its versatile healing properties.
These are just a few suggestions to start your essential oils journey. Feel free to add other oils of your choice to your collection.
So what to do with essential oil? First, they are great for massage. Below, I’m going to demonstrate some simple essential oil blends that you can use for self care at home.
What to do before a massage
. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after massage to cleanse and avoid getting oil in your eyes. Always do a skin test before starting any new essential oil fragrance massage. Unless directed otherwise by a qualified aromatherapist, dilute essential oils with a carrier oil. When massaging, always apply the oils in the direction of the bloodstream to the heart.
Firming facial massage
1.) Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 3 drops of rose oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and mix well.
2.) Put a small amount on the hand and then spread it over the face and neck, avoiding the eyelids.
3.) Place both hands flat on your chin and slowly massage the skin up towards your cheeks.
4.) Place your hands in the middle of your forehead and massage them outwards towards your temples.
5.) Brush your thumbs over your eyebrow and move from the center of your face to your ears.
6.) Gently stroke your cheeks from your nose to your ears, gently pressing the skin between your thumb and forefinger. Work along the jaw line from your ears and back to the center of your face.
This is a nightly routine, especially since it uses lemon essential oil, which can make you sensitive to sunlight. Repeat this massage once or twice a week.
Alternatively, you can apply the massage to the face with 2 rose quartz crystal face rollers. The use of crystals in combination with essential oils amplifies the benefits for the skin and body.
Arm lift massage
1.) Mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil with 1 teaspoon of jojoba carrier oil.
2.) Put some solution on your hands and rub it vigorously into the inner upper arm, going from the elbow up to the shoulder. Repeat this step on the opposite arm.
3.) Next, take the triceps muscle in your upper arm and kneel the outside of the arm fairly hard towards your heart. Repeat this step on the opposite arm.
Do this a couple of times a week to feel the really good benefits of this massage.
Booty firming massage
1.) Mix 10 drops of rosemary essential oil, 5 drops of lemon essential oil with 1 teaspoon of macadamia carrier oil. Shake well before use.
1.) Pour a small amount of the solution into the palm of your hand and warm it up by rubbing your hands together.
2.) Take a fold of meat at the top of your thigh
3.) Repeat 3 times on each side.
4.) Take a lower cheek in each hand and knead firmly. Feel the warmth penetrate your skin.
Do this once or twice a week.
There are several types of carrier oils to choose from when massaging with essential oils. Try a few of these until you find one that suits your skin.
Sweet almond oil
This carrier oil is particularly known for its skin-softening properties. It’s perfect for sensitive and delicate skin types. The moisturizing and nourishing sweet almond oil is ideal for treating skin prone to eczema and stretch marks as it soothes and restores firmness.
Evening primrose oil
Known as an anti-aging oil, evening primrose revitalizes the complexion and leaves the complexion firmer and more radiant. It is particularly ideal for facial massage.
The quickly absorbed macadamia oil leaves the skin with a non-greasy appearance. It is very good for areas of skin with cellulite as it supports the circulation of fluid retention, stimulates blood circulation and nourishes the skin.
Quickly absorbed by the skin, sesame oil revitalizes and soothes irritated skin while it plumps up and softens damaged skin.
What else to do with essential oil
Essential oils are great when you use them in your daily / weekly beauty regimen. They can be put in the bathtub, used in the shower, used in body sugar scrubs for lips, buttocks, and body, and added to your moisturizer.
Below I am going to show some examples of how you can use essential oils as moisturizers for different parts of your body.
Our skin needs moisture to protect it from the elements of Mother Earth. In summer we need to moisturize our skin so that it doesn’t dry out. Mixing essential oil into your moisturizer allows you to take advantage of the benefits of these plant extracts, from antiaging to antioxidants.
To make an evening moisturizer, add 5 tablespoons of aragon carrier oil. Place 5 tablespoons of apricot kernel carrier oil, 15 drops of lavender essential oil, and 5 drops of lemon essential oil in a container and mix thoroughly. Use only in the evening as lemon essential oil is sensitive to sunlight.
Now that your hands are moisturized and smooth, try this invigorating nail oil to keep your whole hands looking and feeling great.
Mix 20 drops of lemon essential oil with 8 ml of wheat germ carrier oil. Slowly massage into your nails one at a time, focusing on the cuticles. Wipe with tissues. Do this once a week. Remember to do it in the evening as lemon essential oil is sensitive to sunlight.
Dry feet peeling
There’s nothing worse than having dry, cracked heels. Keeping your feet hydrated and moisturized is important for feet to look and feel healthy. We take our feet for granted every day. They deserve to be pampered after carrying our weight around every day. A good foot peeling with essential oils, applied weekly, brings relief to dry, tired feet.
Place 5 teaspoons of bicarb soda and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil in a large bowl and fill up with warm water. Stir the mixture through the water to dissolve it. Now lean back and relax and place both feet in the warm solution. Sit like this for 10 minutes. Take out your feet and pat them dry. Do not rinse.
Next, take a handful of bicarb soda and rub it vigorously into both feet, from sole to heel. Then rinse your feet with clean warm water. Pat dry. Do this twice a week to start, then reduce it to once a week when your feet are in good condition.
Now that you have some great ideas on what to do with essential oil, add these rituals to your weekly grooming routine.
I hope you enjoy using essential oils. If you would like to share recipes or oil blends that you find beneficial for the body, please let us know in the comment box here.