Caring for Ethnic Skin With Essential Oils
When using essential oils for skin care, you'll need to have a basic understanding of them and knowledge of what their aroma, benefits and properties can do for you as a whole. We'll start with what are often considered the Basic Oils of Aromatherapy. As you build your collection of essential oils, you'll begin a wonderful adventure into the world of aroma and the sense of smell for your skin.
This oil is extracted by steam distillation of the flower heads. True Roman Chamomile can be recognized by its pale blue tint. Its scent is fruity, similar to that of a ripe apple and spicy.
Known for its contribution in treating numerous skin disorders, Roman Chamomile is also one of the few essential oils that reduce the effects of allergies. It is said to relieve systems of menopause as well.
Emotionally, chamomile brings about calmness and ease. Avoid using chamomile in the first trimester of pregnancy. Always use it in low dilution.
The eucalyptus is one of the world’s tallest trees. Medically, it was first used by the aboriginal people of Australia, primarily to treat wounds. Eucalyptus helps to support the respiratory system- the renewal of oxygen to the lungs. It relieves asthma, bronchitis and sinus and throat infection and in general strengthens our immune system.
Always dilute eucalyptus when using it on your skin. Avoid altogether if you have a history of epilepsy or hypertension. Do not take internally, it has been reported to be toxic.
The scent of this oil is earthy, sweet and interlaced with a minty rose like flavor. It was used by Native Americans to treat conditions ranging from toothaches to cholera.
Geranium is a vital skin care component when treating dermatitis, and eczema. Geranium is sometimes called the balancing oil. It is thought to harmonize and balance the emotions. It is used to relieve PMS and symptoms of menopause. It also makes a great insect repellent. Avoid geranium if you are recently pregnant.
No basic collection of essential oils should be without lavender. Lavender is considered an anti-allergic and antibiotic oil. It is supportive of all skin types and you can apply it to blisters, bites and burns.
Lavender is one of the most effective oils when used for children's scrapes and bruises. Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy and if you have low blood pressure.
Just the basics …
This is a very short and basic list of oils that can be used when caring for ethnic skin. As you begin to experiment with essential oils, it's a good idea to study each oil that you have an interest in, in great detail. Consider a basic class given by a trained aromatherapist. As you study the beauty of essential oils, you'll begin to see just how they are used in everything from perfumes, to skin care and food.
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