Essential oils are used for many things, from aromatherapy to scenting our homes, they’re also commonly used to create a natural scent in homemade skincare products. They’ve been known to have antibacterial, antiviral, calming and detoxifying properties and are fast becoming a safe and natural way to treat our skin. In this blog we’re going to look at the essential oils you need to know about and what they can do for our skin.
What Is an Essential Oil?
They’re the liquids that are isolated from plants, the name derives from the fact the oil is extracted from a plant, they’re hydrophobic, but unlike vegetable and animal oils, they don’t contain fatty acids. There are various methods to extracting the oils, with the most common being distillation. Effectively they allow the liquid version of the plant to reach the bloodstream faster.
What Essential Oils Do You Need to Know About?
There are over 90 different types of essential oils, each being associated with a certain health concern. We’re going to look further into some of the most common types you may need.
There are two different types of chamomile oils; Anthemis nobilis and Matricaria chamomilla, both of which are similar in their medicinal properties. This essential oil helps to prevent infection as they’ve got antibiotic and antiseptic elements. Chamomile also helps to minimise marks and scars on our skin; therefore, it is used quite frequently in skincare. If your child is struggling to settle, our Organic Sleepeeze Lotion is the perfect solution, containing both lavender and chamomile this will help them (or you!) drift into a naturally peaceful sleep.
Known as the most beautiful flower in the world, the essential oil which is extracted from the rose has many health benefits. This incredible oil has the ability to boost self-esteem and help fight depression as well as help to fade stretch marks due to its antioxidant properties. Our Organic Rose Otto Body Cream contains the Rose Otto essential oil, which helps to give your skin some much-needed rejuvenation!
The oil extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant has some incredible healing powers. The compounds found in the oil contain terpinen-4-ol which helps to kill viruses and bacteria, making it the perfect oil for treating spots. Tea tree can be found in many skin care products, especially for teenagers and young adults. It’s an incredibly strong essential oil, so before applying to your skin, you should read the instructions!
Made from the flowers of Cananga odorata, ylang-ylang helps to kill bacteria, promote relaxation and help to lower high blood pressure. It’s got a powerful and unique smell, therefore, is used frequently in skincare and perfumes. Ylang-ylang has been known to help ease the pain of eczema as well as containing anti-inflammatory properties.
Helping to promote blood circulation, relieve pain and help you to sleep, lavender is known for its calming scent emitting a fresh and floral fragrance. Adding a few drops of lavender into your bath will help with restlessness, stress and anxiety, as well as having healing properties when applied to cuts and grazes. If you’re in need of an organic face oil UK, our Organic Therapy Facial Oil is rich in omega 3, 6, 9 and the lavender essential oil which helps to keep your skin firm!
One of the most versatile essential oils out there, peppermint oil is a mixture of spearmint and water mint. It not only helps to improve energy, improve skin and hair health but it’s also used to help with headaches. The oil is good at balancing out the natural oils in our skin, particularly beneficial to oily and acne-prone skin.
We hope this blog has given you a better insight into some of the essential oils out there. Each one has benefits for our skin, from helping to reduce the appearance of scars to assisting with fighting bacteria. All of our products here at Myreen Young are made from organic and natural ingredients, so you can shop safe knowing that what you put on your skin isn’t harmful to you or the environment. Which essential oil do you find most beneficial? Let us know on our social channels!