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Ah, essential oils. They’re like the beauty store of the plant kingdom. For almost any skin issues, from aging skin to acne breakouts, there’s an essential oil for that. They last a long time, they’re easy to use, and they often smell divine. Best of all, they’re completely natural.

If you’re new to essential oils, though, they can be a little overwhelming. There are dozens and dozens of essential oils, so which ones should you buy? How much do you use? What if you have a bad reaction?

This article lists 5 of the most common essential oils for skin and their uses. Start here and soon you’ll have a whole home apothecary! Below you’ll also find a couple quick tips for using EOs.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is a must for every girl’s bathroom cabinet. It’s useful for both beauty and first aid, since it’s an antibacterial and antifungal agent.

As an astringent, tea tree oil is particularly good for controlling breakouts, regulating oil production, and reducing acne-causing bacteria.

Lavender

Lavender is great for simply adding to baths, lotions and other beauty items, since it’s ultra-relaxing — and relaxation is an essential part of any beauty routine! It also helps reduce skin irritation. Because it encourages skin cells to regenerate more quickly, it’s great for fading scars and sun spots.

Geranium

Geranium oil is awesome for a wide variety of purposes. Firstly, it’s good for the breakout-prone, since it regulates oil production and controls acne. Secondly, it’s helpful for aging or mature skin because it improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. And lastly, it promotes blood circulation, which can help in a range of scenarios, including when you need those bruises to heal.

Frankincense

Frankincense is another awesome addition to your routine. It has a ton of benefits: it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and it evens the skin tone out, decreases the appearance of pores, soothes dry skin, tightens skin, reduces fine lines and fades scars. Whew! That’s a lot of power from one plant.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang’s first selling point is that it smells amazing, like a tropical paradise. It’s also good for your skin, though. It controls oil production and minimizes breakouts, and for mature skin, it improves elasticity and reduces fine lines. It also helps regenerate skin cells more quickly, keeping your skin looking fresh.

As a general rule of thumb, you should follow these precautions when using essential oils:

  1. Use just a couple drops, diluted in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil. NEVER use essential oils directly on your skin unless you’ve researched that specific oil. Lavender oil, for example, is safe to use directly, but many people will have a bad reaction to undiluted tea tree oil.
  2. Test it on a small, non-visible part of your skin first. Most essential oils are perfectly safe when diluted, but it’s always good to have some extra peace of mind since everyone’s skin is different.

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3 Natural Homemade Foot Soaks and Scrubs

A foot bath is a simple spa treatment that takes only 20 minutes and is easy to do at home. Foot scrubs made with Epsom salts or sea salt are detoxifying and rich in minerals. Add essential oils to stimulate circulation, to invigorate tired feet and to prevent infections. Give yourself a relaxing home spa treatment with one of these easy recipes!

An Invigorating Foot Scrub

This foot scrub removes dead skin cells and invigorates tired feet. Peppermint essential oil is energizing and antibacterial, and tea tree oil is anti-fungal. Lemongrass essential oil is deodorizing and refreshing, and sweet almond oil softens and moisturizes your feet.

You will need:

• a few tablespoons (a handful) of sea salt or Epsom salt
• 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
• 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
• 2 drops of tea tree essential oil
• 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Fill a bucket or a foot bath with warm water and soak your feet for a few minutes to soften your skin. Then massage your feet and your ankles with the scrub. Soak your feet again for another 10 to 15 minutes and relax while your skin absorbs the oils. Rinse your feet, dry them thoroughly, and apply your usual foot cream or moisturizer.

A Relaxing Lavender and Sea Salt Foot Scrub

Lavender is one of the most relaxing essential oils and most people like its scent. It is also antibacterial and relieves aches and pains.

You will need:

• a handful (a few tablespoons) of sea salt
• 2 or 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
• 3 or 4 drops of lavender essential oil
• (optional) a handful of fresh or dried lavender flowers

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Fill a foot bath or a bucket with warm water. If you are using lavender flowers, sprinkle a few on the water. Apply the scrub on wet feet, massage and scrub thoroughly, and soak the feet for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly, and use moisturizer if needed.

Anti-Fungal Foot Soak with Apple Cider Vinegar

Try this foot soak if you suffer from athlete’s foot or other fungal infections. Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal that also detoxifies and removes odors. Fill a foot bath or a bucket with warm water. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 3 or 4 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil. Soak your feet for 15 minutes or longer. Dry your feet well and finish with a moisturizer or use an anti-fungal foot cream.

Foot baths revive tired feet, relieve pain and feel almost as relaxing as a full bath. A foot bath in the evening helps you to unwind after a long day and only takes 15 to 20 minutes. If you have time, follow the foot bath with a home pedicure or a foot massage.


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