What did people use for their skin prior to Sephora, Estee Lauder, or Proctor & Gamble? Many years ago, people used the products of the earth – such as honey and essential oils, fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices and dairy products.
I have a friend from Egypt, and when I first met her, I could not get over how lovely and clear her skin was – simply flawless. She and her husband invited me to dinner shortly thereafter, and I couldn’t wait to get her by herself so she would be more inclined to let me in on her beauty “secret”.
You’ll never believe what she told me she used for her skin! Nothing expensive, nothing complicated at all. In fact, you probably have this sitting in your refrigerator right now. Are you ready . . . . she told me she used organic butter on her skin to wash and moisturize it. I’m not kidding – butter. When you think about it, it makes sense because butter contains milk by-products, which are rich in lactic acids.
Today, big skin care companies produce billions of dollars of product every year. While many of their goods are nice, the vast majority are loaded with chemicals, synthetic perfumes and dyes, and other “nasties” that are just harmful to our bodies.
There is no denying that it is very difficult to resist a beautifully packaged, well-decorated box with exquisite goodies inside. But taking a closer look, many products contain either inferior ingredients, such as petroleum, or downright harmful stuff. Of course, I’m not picking on any one company or any one product – you’d have to do your own research, but it gives us a lot to think about.
But, how much better (and more fun) to make these products at home! They will be far superior, better for your skin, and less costly. Why not go back in time to the days of Cleopatra, when so many of the people back then had unbelievable skin and hair. Maybe they knew something that we don’t or perhaps forgot over the years.
While there are many wonderful, natural ingredients you can choose from, today I’m going to talk about honey and essential oils. I have recently explored essential oils and their amazing effect on our skin.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are a highly concentrated and very potent aromatic liquid that is extracted from plant material. These oils smell amazing! Essential oils have been used as far back as Bible times, and they are still very popular today. Frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, spikenard and other aromatics were essential then, and some were even more valuable than gold!
There are so many uses for essential oils – for skin care, for aromatherapy, for massage therapy, religious ceremonies, household use, and medicinally. Today, let’s explore one of these uses – skin care. What are the best essential oils for your skin?
Essential Oil For The Skin
Our skin is our largest organ and it soaks up over 60% of what we put on it, so why not put natural, therapeutic, “good for you” things on it. Essential oils have exceptional skin healing properties. For example, lavender, roses, citrus, geranium, and carrot seed are all excellent for your skin. And not to mention the unbelievable aroma that is produced from just one drop of this valuable, healing liquid.
How Do I Choose The Right Oil For My Skin Type?
If your skin is Sensitive, good choices are: Chamomile, Rose, Palmarosa, Neroli, Sandalwood, Carrot, Jasmine
How Do I Use Essential Oils?
First rule of thumb – never put essential oils directly on your skin. They are potent, as was mentioned earlier, and they could burn or irritate your skin if you do this. Make sure you put a few drops in a “carrier” oil first. A 2% essential oil to 98% carrier oil is safe. So if you have 1 fluid ounce of a carrier oil, such as olive oil, you would put in about 12 drops of essential oil.
Are Essential Oils Expensive?
Essential oils vary greatly in price due to the rarity and methods of extraction of the plant material. Make sure your essential oil is pure, as some are diluted with a carrier oil. While there is nothing wrong with this, make sure you know what you are buying, and compare to get the best prices.
Remember that these oils will last for years, so in the end, they are very inexpensive. And when you replace these with some of your regular skin care products, you are really going to save.
Use Honey With Essential Oils – Why?
Honey is a gift. It has been used for thousands of years and is an excellent product for the skin as well as the entire body. It is antifungal, antibacterial, acts as a humectant (brings moisture to your skin), is a natural antioxidant and has excellent wound healing properties. It helps the skin to glow.
An Excellent Way To Use Essential Oils And Honey
No matter what your skin type, an awesome way to use honey & essential oils is a face wash. You don’t need anything at all except the oils and 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey. Even if your skin is oily or prone to acne, these oils will nourish and improve the texture of your skin. It may sound crazy to use oils on problemed or oily skin, but these oils are so potent and so medicinal and healing, you will see amazing results quickly.
Here is what you do:
Take an ounce of either almond, avocado, olive, coconut or jojoba oil and put 12 drops of your essential oil of choice. For me, because I have combination, sensitive skin, I use half almond and half jojoba oil to make an ounce. Then I add 6 drops of rose otto or palmarosa and 6 drops of lavender oil. Finally I add 1/2 teaspoon of honey and shake it well.
When you are ready to wash your face, take a clean washcloth, wet it and put a dime size drop of the mixture. Using your cloth, apply all over your face. Take your time and enjoy this ritual. Really enjoy the aroma of the oil and then wash off with warm water. You may need to do this a couple of times to remove most of the oil. Follow up with a toner and a moisturizer.
You can even put one drop of essential oil on a cotton pad along with several drops of a carrier oil and apply this on your face and neck for a super moisturizing and healing oil. The next day your skin will be so nice! With regular use, your skin will be much improved. And remember a little goes a long way.
You can also use a few drops of essential oil in your bath water for an extra treat. The aroma will uplift your spirits and the oils will nourish and soften your skin. Once you start using honey and essential oils, you will come up with your own ideas to save money, uplift your spirits and mood and improve your skin.
How many of you use honey and essential oils for your skin care needs? What have you found to be the best essential oils for your skin? We’d love to hear from you 🙂