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Everything You Need to Know About Oils

Greetings, friends!

This is a good one today.

You ready for it?

If you’re anything like me, than you have had your fair share of questions and concerns when it comes to putting all these oils on your skin and hair as is the current trend in DIY-land these days.

Any time I have gotten my hair cut, the hairdressers have stopped just short of having me sign a binding contract in blood forbidding me from ever attempting a homemade hair treatment. (oops.)

Well, you know what?
control your emotionsI know the perfect way to put the naysayers to rest.
let-me-hit-you-with-some-knowledge-gifAs you may know, I felt skeptical about using oils to replace harsh store bought beauty and cleaning products up until I tried oil cleansing.

Well, that turned out to be wildly successful, so I have been gathering research on these lovely little liquids and I am going to share that with you.
Right now.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
– contains strong concentrations of polyphenols, well known for anti-inflammatory properties
– hydroxytyrosol (HT) in EVOO decreases risk of heart disease by triggering genetic changes to cells lining blood vessels to enhance their antioxidant defense system
– does not need to be processed and refined leaving it full of antioxidants and vitamins (A & E)

health benefits
– vitamins A & E can help repair skin damage from sun, pollutants in the air and cigarette smoke
– penetrates deeply into skin to moisturize and protect it from losing its natural moisture

best uses
– rub on your skin after a bath or shower to leave it feeling soft and supple without the greasy residue
– use alongside castor oil for an amazing facial cleanser 

Zap 1/4 to 1/2 cup in microwave for 15-20 seconds and pour over your scalp, leave in for 10-15 minutes and shampoo/condition as usual for easy and fast relief of a dry, itchy scalp.

Coconut Oil

– contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid giving it strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties
– aforementioned chains of fatty acids are also easily broken down, meaning they become usable energy in a quick and efficient way
– rich in vitamin E, which helps repair damage to skin and hair follicles and promotes healthy growth of both

health benefits
– lauric acid helps prevent air loss by strengthening roots when applied to scalp as regular hair treatment
– natural SPF (SPF 4, to be exact) making it especially good for use on the face and lips
– due to the protective layer this oil creates in the skin, only a small amount can be absorbed at a time, so a little goes a very long way

best uses
-use as a moisturizer for your face as it absorbs quickly into skin without the oily residue
-oil pulling (swishing 1 Tbsp coconut oil in mouth for 10-20 minutes first thing in the morning, without swallowing, and spit it out in the trash can) detoxifies your mouth, kills bad breath, cures tooth decay and boosts your immune system

fun fact
The coconut tree is considered “the Tree of Life” in Southeast Asia and India.

Dab under your eyes (especially combined with frankincense oil) and leave on overnight to fight wrinkles and fine lines.

Castor Oil
– rich in Ricinoleic acid known to fight off acne-causing bacteria
– contains undecylenic acid which has antimicrobial properties allowing it to successfully treat fungal skin infections such as ringworms as well as minor cuts and scratches
– high concentration of fatty acids allowing it penetrate the skin easily and restore hydration
– has omega-6 essential fatty acids that are responsible for healthy hair

health benefits
– effectively relieves arthritis symptoms when applied topically
– when used properly, castor oil packs boost all around immune system function
– can help cure sunburn, dry skin and stretch marks when applied to skin directly
– stimulates collagen production and elastin delaying appearances of fine lines

best uses
– use alongside EVOO for an amazing facial cleanser 
– use alongside jojoba oil for a great DIY beard oil 

Apply the oil on your hair and leave it overnight after covering it with a cap for maximum absorption; it boosts blood circulation to the follicles, leading to faster hair growth and reduction of split ends. Wash hair thoroughly the next morning.

BooFallingAsleep MonstersIncI know this is dense.

Essential Oils
– made up of minute molecules that are very easily absorbed
– each oil has a unique chemical composition of terpenes (inhibits toxins), esters (anti-fungal), oxides (antiseptic), alcohols (anti-viral/bacterial), phenols (fragrance), ketones (boost cell regeneration), and aldehydes (sedative)
– variety of effects on the body including: stimulation of the immune system, promoting cell growth, eliminating toxins, killing bacteria and viruses, etc.

health benefits
– when applied to neck and chest, Lavender essential oil relieves irritated sinuses and allergies
– when applied to temples, neck and sinuses, Peppermint essential oil relieves headaches
– apply Tea Tree essential oil to cuts and burns as its anti-bacterial/fungal properties are a natural antiseptic

best uses
– combine with pretty much any other oil and massage into your skin for maximum absorbency/effects
– use alongside jojoba and castor oil for a great DIY beard oil 

Some essential oils should be avoided during all stages of pregnancy and breastfeeding (e.g. Basil, Sage and Tarragon). Do your research on each individual essential oil before using it.

Jojoba Oil
– anti-microbial properties help heal sores and rashes on skin
– contains important nutrients such as vitamins B and E as well as minerals like copper, chromium and zinc
– iodine content protects the skin from infections
– those with sensitive skin can safely use jojoba oil as it is hypoallergenic

health benefits
– combines well with the natural oils of the skin mimicking natural production of sebum to prevent clogging of pores which makes it a great face moisturizer
– continuous use of jojoba oil can decrease fine lines and wrinkles by up to 25%
– use to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as it reduces painful swelling and redness

best uses
– use alongside castor oil for a great DIY beard oil
– as a moisturizer, nothing has left my skin feeling more soft and not oily as jojoba oil. I highly recommend it.

If used regularly,  jojoba oil will prevent cracked heels and keep the feet smooth. For greatest benefit, apply the oil and put on socks, leave them on for one hour and your feet will be beautifully smooth and soft.

Okay, that was a lot of information.
MelissaMcCarthyFallingOnCouch BridesmaidsNow that you are properly educated, you can go out with confidence and tell the whole wide world how much YOU know about oils.

shhHopefully the whole wide world is ready to accept your brilliance.

Until next time, cheers!


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