How are plant based essential oils beneficial in skincare?

Essential oils  are the essence running through the veins of plants to maintain their life force. Alchemists regard them as the quintessence, soul and spirit of the plant. They are a plants nutrients, and defence mechanisms, keeping them strong, alluring and in some cases flavourful. They are extracted from the flower, bark, leaves, grasses, berries, roots and fruit peels.

The history of essential oils is well documented, it dates as far back as Ancient Egypt. They are described as ‘natures first aid kit’ because they work in harmony with the body on a cellular level to make significant and beneficial physiological and emotional changes, for example:

  • anti inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • calming or uplifting
  • anti-depressant
  • improve memory
  • increase circulation
  • aids to digestion
  • reduce fluid retention
  • analgesic
  • astringent

(And that’s just to name a few…)

The credibility of essential oils and aromatherapy has been dampened by misuse of the term ‘Aromatherapy’ by some  health and beauty establishments. A qualified aromatherapist will have significant training and a good understanding of all the chemical constituents which work well together – formula is king in oils blending. They produce blends specific to their clients needs and recognise oils should be treated carefully. Some oils can be harmful/toxic if used inappropriately and some have significant contraindications.

Essential oils have invaluable properties not only beneficial for the skin but the whole body. They can be absorbed into the body in a variety of ways, one of the most effective is massage. Combining skin oils into your beauty regime is another way of reaping the benefits. When used appropriately and applied to the skin they can:

  • reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • support cell regeneration
  • prevent ageing
  • reduce pore size
  • prevent spots
  • reduce inflammation
  • balance sebum production in oily and dry skins
  • improve skin’s elasticity
  • strengthen the skin
  • even skin tone
  • reduce the appearance of scars
  • promote circulation and lymphatic drainage

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