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5 Best Essentials Oils as Natural Beauty Ingredients

Essential oils are in my everyday life.

My favourite (as I call it my ‘best friend’) clary sage is in my handbag to lift my spirit up and brings calmness into busy life, and a few drops of comforting sweet orange in a diffuser puts my children to sleep soundly. After becoming a certified Aromatherapist, I learnt to blend effective remedies to chase away common cold and flu, treat dandruff, itchy skin and headaches.

Essential oils though are expensive and the principle of less is more applies. As shared in my earlier blog “Essential Oils – What you did not know” professional Aromatherapists tend to mix no more than 2-3 types of oils in one product, and less dosage is better especially for young and fragile.

These 5 Essential Oils I selected are some of the most useful oils as natural beauty ingredients. They are easily available, versatile in their efficacies and functionality.

1. German Chamomile

The anti-inflammatory properties of German chamomile oil are well documented when it is used topically, and it is beneficial for sensitive skin problems. It is also known to promote the free flow of Qi according to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is therefore helpful in relieving nervous tension, insomnia, and headaches.

2. Clary sage

This is beneficial for oily skin as it regulates sebum production and is also known for its deodorant effect. It is useful for relieving stress and nervous tension as it has the ability to balance the mind.

3. Geranium

This has not only a delightful scent but also the ability to balance the sebum production, which makes this oil popular in skincare products. It is beneficial for dry, oily, or combination skin, and is also known as a hormonal regulator and balancer. Although it is safe, it requires caution for hypersensitive skin.

4. Lavender

This is the ‘Mother of Essential Oils’ as it is the most versatile essential oil and is suitable for all skin types. It is a typical middle note, rounding out the top and bottom scents.

5. Frankincense

It is recommended for dry and mature skin, and eases scars, wounds, and wrinkles.

And if you are opt for adding more options, why not consider these:

Grapefruit

It has similar properties to lemon, but is not phototoxic to humans. It is useful for oily skin and acne and has a tonic effect on the skin.

Jasmine

These fragrant flowers have been used for centuries in skincare products. It is beneficial for treating dry and irritated skin.

Neroli

This is beneficial for all skin types, but especially dry and sensitive skin. It is also known to have a rejuvenating effect to stimulate the growth of healthy new cells. It is one of the most effective oils for treating insomnia and anxiety.

Patchouli

This is widely used in Asia for incense because of the sweet aroma which is soothing and calming. For skincare, it is best known for its ability to regenerate as well as moisturise and cool.

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