Everyone is asking, What are essential oils". So what are these little bottles of oil all about. Well, essential oils are aromatic volatile liquids distilled or harvested from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. The chemistry of essentials oils is very complex: each one may consist of hundreds of different unique chemical compounds that have been designed by God.
Essential oils are some of the oldest and most powerful therapeutic agents known. Most people today are unaware that they have an impressive multi-millennium history of use in healing and anointing throughout the ancient world. In their pure state, essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural extracts known increasing health & wellness in all the body’s systems.
The chemical structure of essential oils is such that it can rapidly penetrate cell membranes, travel throughout the blood and tissues and enhance cellular function. Health professionals who've worked regularly with quality essential oils on patients have seen it become very clear that there is life in these substances, which give them an unmatched ability to communicate and interact with cells in the human body.
Even though they are many times more potent than natural herbs, essential oils - unlike prescription drugs - very rarely generate any negative side effects. This carries profound implications for those wanting to maintain or restore wellness to their body.
While no one fully understands yet “why” or “how” essential oils provide such significant benefits, the fact is that they do. I believe only God could design something like this. It is amazing what God has created and supplied for us.
Essential oils are simple and complex. They even have a frequency that our body can recognize. I will continue to dive further into these amazing oils in future blogs.
Have you ever used good quality essential oils?
Have more questions about oils and how they can work for you, I would love to hear your questions or thoughts in the comments
Today I want to share with you this amazing homemade skin cream, which I made for one of my friends, who have inflamed and pus-filled acne all over her face. She already uses a tea tree facial cleanser and raw shea butter that I recommended to moisturize her face, but I thought to make her something more powerful. That’s how this effective 2 ingredient homemade acne cream with tea tree oil was born! I made this cream in just 5 minutes and she started using it right away! Read below to find out the ingredients you need:
Obtained from the nutritious nuts of the African Karite tree, shea butter is a heavy and dense solid plant oil. It might seem to be a surprising ingredient in an acne cream of all things, but I’ve had positive results using it myself and seen other people benefiting from its truly effective anti-acne properties.
It has high amounts of vitamin A, also known as retinol, which is a popular ingredient in many commercial acne treatments. Shea butter also contains healing fatty acids that soothe acne inflammation, reduce redness and heal acne scars.
Another surprising and amazing fact about this luxurious rich butter is that it has a comedogenic rating of 0, which means it won’t clog your pores!
It feels moisturizing without greasing up your face. The application also plays a big part, of course – use just a tiny amount of this acne cream so your face doesn’t look oily.
» Tea Tree Essential Oil
Also known as Melaleuca alternofolia, tea tree essential oil is the number one essential oil for the skin. This oils chemical properties help the body’s immune system keep the skin clear and healthy.
Another benefit of tea tree essential oil for acne is that it’s a natural astringent, which means it tightens large pores as well reduces excess sebum on the skin.
How to Make Your Own Homemade Cream for Acne with Tea Tree Oil
1.Get a clean container where you’ll be storing your homemade acne cream.
2.Scoop 2 tbsp of soft shea butter from the jar into the container.
3.Now add the 7 drops of tea tree essential oil. Use the back of a spoon to vigorously stir the ingredients for about 3 to 5 minutes. Watch the mixture turn into a soft, smooth and white cream as shown in the picture.
4.Ta-da! The finished product is your very own natural homemade acne cream with tea tree oil!
5.You can start using it straight away or if you want the mixture to be a bit hard, leave it to set in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
» Now scoop out just a tiny amount of the acne cream and dot it all over your face (just 4 dots), starting with the forehead down to the cheeks and chin.
» Gently massage the cream into your skin.
» That’s it!
~Feel free to apply this homemade cream for acne under makeup if you wear any.
~If you have huge pimples rather than acne, then you can use this cream as an acne spot treatment. Remember to use a clean index finger to apply the acne cream or use a cotton swab.
~You can use a blend of anti-acne essential oils instead of just tea tree alone. Some of the most effective essential oils for acne include lavender, sweet basil, clove, lemon & roman chamomile!
~You can also choose to use this acne cream every time you cleanse your face (twice a day is enough for acne-prone skin) and apply it in place of your usual facial moisturizer/serum. Or, use it at night time alone as an overnight skin care.
10 Best Young Living Essential Oils for Skin Problems
I adore young living essential oils for their top quality therapeutic grade essential oils! Young Living essential oils are one of the most popular essential oil brands out there because they supply only high quality and therapeutic grade essential oils that are distilled from their own distillery and farms in the US and all over the world. The essential oils company started out with just one small farm and distillery but they have now expanded to worldwide and sell all kinds of essential oils and exciting essential oil blends. They have a foundation and history that support the quailty I am looking for in essential oils.
The reason one of my friends started using essential oils in the first place was to help support her body in healing cystic and painful under-the-skin acne that always littered her cheeks! But after using oils consistently on her face and making some crucial dietary changes like including probiotics in my diet, her skin problems begin to clear up. If you’re also plagued with acne and pimples, then you definitely must try out essential oils as a natural and safe remedy. Check out the 10 best young living essential oils for acne including their origins and scent profile below:
The Australian Aboriginals were the first to use tea tree for its healing properties. They used it to treat a myriad of skin conditions including treating wounds, respiratory conditions and skin ailments among others. Tea tree oil is the best young living essential oil for acne because wonderful properties.
2. Lavender Essential Oil
Scientific Name :Lavandula angustifolia Origin: Africa, Europe, Asia Scent Profile: Sweet, clean, floral, fresh
The most versatile essential oil on the planet, lavender essential oil provides skin soothing properties. Lavender essential oil also has amazing skin cleansing properties. The name ‘lavender’ itself comes from the ancient Latin word lavare which means ‘to wash’. It helps to dissolve dead cells, stale sebum, dirt, grime and pollution from deep within the pores and drive them out thereby preventing skin problems.
Though particularly effective for aging and mature skin types, frankincense is also a powerful essential oil for skin problems. Its properties are useful in soothing and good for fighting off skin issues. It can be applied ‘neat’ onto the skin without diluting with a carrier oil. Simply place a drop on your clean finger and gently dab on large painful pimples.
4. Lemon Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Citrus limon Origin: US, Argentina Scent Profile: Fresh, citrusy
Young Living Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from fresh lemon peels of lemons grown in Argentina and United States. Its powerful properties promote strong immune system while its cooling and refreshing properties calm the skin. Lemon essential oil is also rich in citric acid that is a natural bleaching agent that fades blemishes!
5. Sweet Basil Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Ocicum Bacilicum Origin: Tropical Asia & Pacific Islands Scent Profile: Strong, spicy and peppery
According to a document published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Sciences, holy basil and sweet basil essential oils have been found to be effective against acne. With its strong immune system boosting properties, it doesn’t come as a surprise!
6. Geranium Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Pelargonium graveolens.
Scent Profile: Flowery, uplifting aroma
Geranium essential oil is one of the best young living essential oils for skin care in general. It has powerful properties that make it effective in helping to heal and prevent skin problems.
Geranium essential oil is one of my best essential oils for beauty. It smells absolutely gorgeous too!
7. Clary Sage Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Salvia sclarea Origin: South Europe Scent Profile: Herbal, earthy aroma with a slight hint of fruitiness.
Apart from relaxing the mind and balancing moods, did you know that Clary sage essential oil is also one powerful natural remedy skin problems do to hormonal balancing? It balances and regulates the skin’s natural oils which help reduce problems.
8. Oregano Essential Oil
Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare Origin: Eurasian and Mediterranean regions Scent Profile: Strong, slightly minty, camphor-like scent
A powerful essential oil oregano has immune boosting properties that make it effective for a variety of skin problems. It is a has a high amount of phenols, organic compounds known for their disinfectant properties, so it can be used to thoroughly cleanse the face. Caution: Oregano essential oil is very potent so always ensure to first dilute it in a carrier oil or base cream/ingredient before use. (Use 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1 tbsp of base ingredient)
9. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile essential oil is also especially good for soothing dry itchy skin!
Scientific Name: Chamaemelum nobile Origin: Europe & parts of Africa Scent Profile: Sweet, calming, apple-like scent
Chamomile essential oil is known for its soothing and calming properties that help relax the mind, body, and soul. For the skin, it is a great for skin soothing and moisturizing properties.
I found an incredibly easy acne cream recipe which uses only two ingredients yet it’s given me very effective results! I mostly use it as a moisturizer every after cleansing my face like the recipe suggests but I also use it as an anti-acne night cream as well since night is the time skin regenerates itself. Go check out the homemade acne cream with tea tree oil and see if it works for you too.
Why It's Impossible To Be Allergic To Essential Oils
Why It’s Not Possible to be Allergic to Pure Steam Distilled Essential Oils
Is it true that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to have a true allergy to an essential oil? Can they be allergy free? The short answer is “Yes!”
There is a continuing controversy over whether someone can have an actual allergy to an essential oil. Essential oils lack the proteins needed for an allergy to exist. If a reaction occurs, some believe the oil must have been diluted or chemically stretched and it was this foreign element that was the real cause. Others believe that the body is detoxing and what you are experiencing is a “detoxification response.”
Allergy or Detox ~ Let’s explore these two schools of thought.
Dr. David Stewart states, “There are a couple of ways one can be sensitive to essential oils, but an allergic reaction is not one of them. Allergies are erroneous immune responses to proteins, peptides, and amino acids – all nitrogen compounds, none of which are found in essential oils.”
Blends and Allergies
He continues, “You can have an allergic reaction to a vegetable oil such as olive, corn, peanut, walnut, almond, etc., since these are cold pressed and can contain small amounts of proteins. There is a popular blend on the market that could cause an allergy. The allergy is not due to the essential oils of spruce, frankincense, rosewood, and blue tansy in the blend. It is due to the almond oil in the blend. So read your labels. What may appear to be an allergic reaction to a blend of essential oils may be due to a carrier oil contained in the blend.
Why Citrus Oils can Cause an Allergic Reaction
You can also have an allergic reaction to citrus oils which are cold pressed from the rind. However, while we refer to citrus oils such as orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit as “essential oils,” strictly speaking, they are not. By definition, a true essential oil must be steam distilled, not expressed.
There are also oils extracted by solvents such as onychia, jasmine, and neroli. Strictly speaking, they too are not true essential oils. Technically, they should be called absolutes, not essential oils. One can have a true allergic reaction to these because, like the citrus oils, they have not passed through a distillation process and can contain traces of proteins, peptides, or amino acids.
Steam Distilled, Pure Essential Oils are Allergy Free!
Because of the nature of distillation by heat, steam, and water, that true essential oils must undergo, they do not contain the necessary compounds to trigger allergies because these compounds do not pass through the distillation process.
Hence, sensitivities to steam distilled essential oils, in the sense of allergic reactions, are not possible. Allergic sensitivities are due to the body developing antibodies in response to certain nitrogenous molecules. No one has ever found antibodies in humans from essential oils. So if one has a reaction to an essential oil, it is something else. Not an allergy.”
Could Contact Dermatitis be caused by Detoxing?
Another school of thought is that if someone has an adverse reaction to an essential oil, their body is said to be detoxing. Meaning your body is not where it should be health wise so putting on something as powerful as an essential oil will adversely affect it.
Kristina Bauer, in her article “Essential Oils and the Detox Theory, stated, “To some extent, the detox theory in aromatherapy challenges the definition of detoxification altogether as it aligns an additive process (topical application of an essential oil or blend) with an eliminative process (detoxification) (Pappas, n.d.). In true detoxification, something is removed, diminished, or eradicated. To really drive a detoxification response, an essential oil would have to directly engage with the body’s elimination systems.
Skin Contact Causing Major Contact Dermatitis? Not Likely!
In the case of the skin specifically, elimination of unwanted substances occurs via sweat glands (perspiration) and sebaceous glands (acne, boils, etc.) (Marieb, 2014). Invariably, elimination through the skin occurs via fluids exiting the body. While the skin does support elimination through perspiration, scientists suspect that “less than 1% of toxins are excreted this way” (Johnson, 2014). Though the detox theory suggests that skin reactions following topical application indicate a detoxifying effect through the skin from the applied essential oil, “It’s highly unlikely that everyone who experiences a skin reaction from topical essential oil application is sweating these toxins out immediately after, or several hours following application” (Johnson, 2014).
Detox proponents claim that essential oils cannot possibly cause allergic reactions because they don’t contain proteins, or that pure, unadulterated essential oils could not. Therefore, in spite of uncomfortable symptoms, the person should keep applying the oil and the reaction will stop after the toxin is eliminated from the system. This theory should be used with much caution, however. The goal of using essential oils is to heal and not harm. If you believe a reaction is due to a detoxification response, use caution and consider consulting with a licensed healthcare provider.
What to do With a Reaction
The most common reaction to an essential oil is called contact dermatitis. It is redness or, sometimes, bumps that form on the skin. If you have a response like this and wish to continue using the oil, it is recommended to dilute the offending oil by placing 3 drops into one tablespoon of coconut oil (if there is no allergy to coconut oil) and reapplying.
Allergy or Reaction, Does it Matter?
The potential for allergic reaction to essential oils is sometimes dismissed as impossible by detox theorists because they assert that “allergies are erroneous immune responses to proteins, peptides, and amino acids… none of which are found in essential oils” (Stewart, n.d.). However, while it’s true that pure essential oils don’t contain proteins, peptides, or amino acids, “we also know that penicillin and nickel don’t have these substances either, and they can still cause allergies” (Johnson, 2014). Furthermore, “proteins in the skin may react with the oil, causing an allergic reaction” (Purchon & Cantele, 2014, p. 14). Indeed, according to Robert Tisserand, “most cases of contact dermatitis to essential oils are allergic as distinct from irritant” (Tisserand & Young, 2014, p. 27).
4 Reaction Recommendations
If you or someone you know has an adverse response to an essential oil there are a few things to consider:
1. Be sure the directions on the bottle are followed to the letter! If the bottle reads “one to two drops” use only the recommended amount.
2. If a skin reaction occurs, gently wipe the area and apply vegetable oil, such as coconut oil, to help soothe the area.
3. If you want to try using the essential oil start with fewer drops and consider diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil before applying it.
4. Consider using the oil in another form. For example, if peppermint essential oil feels too warm for your skin, diffuse it instead.
In the movie Ancient Secrets of Essential Oils, JK Delapp, a licensed Acupuncturist, breaks down how essential oils can affect someone.