Do you want to know what’s the job of each oil? Or which oil does your hair need the most?! Well, I have the answers for you! I did some research and learned some things along the way. I will explain each oil and what they are normally used for, AND try to find some of them on the internet for you guys! So this post is your one-stop guide to oils.
Oils, I have not tried are in BLUE. I have tried several essential oils, for different DIY products and health remedies.
Oils, I actually have tried are in PINK. If it’s in this color, I provided you the link to the product I used personally. There are many alternatives, you can find at your local beauty supply store, GNC, or Amazon.
NOW Foods have several different kinds of oils (most of which I used to link). They are really known for their oils and are found at Amazon or at a GNC in your area.
SheaMoisture also has a line of oils you can find on their website.
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Most of these essential oils shouldn’t be used without some type of dilution agent (like carrier oils, butter, waxes, or alcohols). Just to be safe dilute them ALL. This is very important because these oils are so concentrated. If you don’t dilute, you may end up with some bad reaction to the oil. And we don’t want you having a rash or anything as for that matter. The oils below are a list of popular oils I found most people used. Some below are RED because they are suggested you not use them if you’re pregnant. I know, they are a lot of them, but when you’re pregnant even certain vitamins (like Vitamin A) aren’t healthy, and you are more vulnerable to everyday things. Here is a full list for your reference @ Essentialoils.co.za
One thing you should keep in mind is that price infatuations do not mean the oil is a better quality, all the time. A trick to see if your oil is diluted or not is to: put a single drop of the oil of your choice on a piece of construction paper. If it evaporates quickly and leaves no noticeable ring, it is a pure oil. If you have some visible oil, it is more than likely not pure and diluted with some other oil or dilution agent.
If you are allergic to it in food, you will be as well in the oil state. Sorry, I know it sucks, but we don’t want anyone having a reaction.
Sweet Almond Oil: Sweet Almond Oil is obtained from the dried kernel of sweet almonds. The oil is good for application to the skin as a moisturizer. It has several important nutrients including polyunsaturated and mono fatty acids as well as vitamins E, D, B1, B2, B6 and A. These are all helpful nutrients that allow you to grow strong, healthy hair strands. Many hair care products will add almond oil because of the nourishing and smoothing benefits it provides the hair cuticles, allowing people to grow thick, long, strong hair. It can be used to make your hair shinier. You can also mix almond oil with tea tree and massage it into the scalp to increase circulation and relieve dandruff. Regularly massaging a combination of almond, rosemary, and lavender oil in the hair can help reduce the amount of hair that falls out each day.
Jasmine Oil: Jasmine Oil has long been associated with skin care, particularly in terms of treating dry, brittle, or dehydrated skin. However, since it does have certain non-sensitizing effects, it is not always pleasant to use on cracked or open wounds on the skin, as it can cause an allergic reaction or irritation. That being said, it is still often used for the treatment of eczema and dermatitis. Pregnant women, before they are at the actual birthing process, should avoid using this oil since it is an Emmenagogue. It is highly relaxing and sedating and thus heavy doses should be avoided. Again, those who are allergic to Jasmine should avoid using it, as with any essential oil made from a known allergen.
Lavender Oil: Lavender Oil has health benefits that include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. Lavender essential oil is useful for hair care because it has been shown to be very effective on lice and lice eggs. Furthermore, lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in the treatment.
Lemon Oil: Lemon Oil is a good remedy for increasing the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature and rejuvenates sagging or tired-looking skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for reducing excessive oil on the skin.Lemon oil is also effective as a hair tonic. Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy and shiny hair. Lemon oil is also used to eliminate dandruff.
Myrrh Oil: Myrrh Oil is a valuable aromatherapy oil that can be used for massages, mixed in bath water, or simply applied to the skin. Myrrh oil can be used in mouthwash to eliminate dental infections. Add it to creams and lotions to help relieve skin infections, such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, weeping eczema, bedsores, boils, carbuncles, and acne. Along with that, Myrrh oil is great for several other uses:
- Respiratory problems – Myrrh oil works well against coughs, colds, and sore throat. It also helps relieve congestion and expel phlegm.
- Digestive ailments – It promotes digestive health and helps cure problems like stomach upset, diarrhea, dyspepsia, indigestion, flatulence and hemorrhoids
- Gum and mouth diseases – It helps relieve a toothache, gingivitis, and mouth ulcers, and freshens your breath. Myrrh oil is even used as a natural ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpaste.
- Immune system health – It strengthens and activates your immune system to keep your body protected from infections.
Peppermint Oil: Peppermint Oil is a natural astringent that helps to soothe and improve troubled skin. Also, helps to nourishes dull skin. Peppermint Oil is a cooling antiseptic that soothes itching and helps reduce dry, flaking scalp. Also, hydrates the hair follicle to promote healthy hair growth
Rosemary Oil: Rosemary Oil has antioxidant properties that help prevent early signs of aging and improve skin’s elasticity. Rosemary also rehydrates and helps to tone skin. Nourishing the scalp, Rosemary Oil, helps to ease dandruff. Used on a regular basis, helps to make your hair soft and more manageable, promoting healthy hair growth
Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil, found in Australia, contains benefits for both skin and hair. Tea Tree Oil helps to relieve and improve the appearance of troubled or problem skin. Also effective in preventing razor burn and ingrown hairs, Tea Tree Oil helps to soothe irritated skin. Moisturizes and nourishes the scalp by removing buildup and alleviating dry, itchy scalp. Promotes healthy hair and scalp and is great for getting rid of any fungus. Tea Tree oil helped me overcome this horrible toenail fungus I had for about 3 years. I was so insecure about how badly my toenail had become. I didn’t give it the attention it needed, and the fungus grew more as the years progressed. I used the tea tree oil, that I linked, every day for about 3 months, and I saw improvement. My nail has been back for about a year now, and no fungus has returned. I can easily vouch for this oil and it does what it says.
Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin.
Argan Oil: Argan Oil has a unique combination of antioxidant and moisturizing properties in this oil can help to maintain skin elasticity while preventing moisture loss that can contribute to the aging process. This oil can make the skin look softer while limiting the appearance of stretch marks, under-eye circles, burns and wrinkles as well and damage from smoking, pollution or harsh sunlight. Applying argan oil to the hair can make it look healthier by preventing frizz and split ends. It can make the hair look shinier and eliminate limp tresses by rehydrating the roots and strengthening the hair, making your hair more manageable. Argan oil is one of my personal favorites. I have linked the first and only argan oil I’ve used, so I hope you love it as well!
Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil, sweet and nutty in aroma, has a quadruple duty as a protein booster, softener, hydrator and sealant for hair. When massaged into the scalp, coconut oil helps encourage hair growth, combat flaking, and calm irritation. Chock full of antioxidants, it’s a therapeutic skin moisturizer that aids in alleviating dryness, keeping skin supple and promoting elasticity to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Coconut oil is my ultimate favorite, it is such a universal oil and can be used in so many ways. Watch out for a later post on ways you can use coconut oil, that you never thought of!
Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a natural derivative of seeds or beans from the castor oil plant. There are several benefits: hair regrowth, hair darkening, hair shine, repairs hair loss, repairs split ends, sealing moisture, treatment of dandruff and dry scalp, and moisturizing and thickening. Why not use castor oil, with all those benefits! Castor oil has been used for centuries for natural remedies. Castor oil is one of the newer oils that I have tried. It is very known for promoting hair growth. Although I haven’t used it long enough to say that it does, it is an overall great oil to help with dryness.
Jojoba: Jojoba Seed Oil, a natural emollient, hydrates, and nourishes both the skin and hair. Leaves skin feeling soft and supple. Helps to rejuvenate dry, split ends by restoring moisture to the hair. An anti-inflammatory, Jojoba Seed Oil also helps to remove buildup and soothe dry, itchy scalp. Leaves hair shiny and healthy.
Macadamia Nut Oil: Macadamia Nut Oil comes, as the name may suggest, from the macadamia nut. This oil is composed primarily of omega-3 fatty acids, which research has found to be effective in the treatment and prevention of a variety of kinds of conditions, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Though macadamia nut oil is native to Australia and was once only found in organic or specialty grocery stores, it can now be found at nearly all local markets. If is becoming a popular addition to salad dressings, and can also be used for frying due to its high heat tolerance. I have used Macadamia oil for a little while now, I think it is a great oil at giving the hair a healthy glow. I have never used it in foods because normally I have only seen it in hair products.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a time-honored beauty secret, highly emollient Olive Oil is rich in vitamins and fatty acids to intensely hydrate and nourish for luminous and vibrant hair and skin. Olive oil has for years been combined with balsamic vinegar to make a simple vinaigrette or served as a dipping sauce for bread. Another one of my favorites, Olive Oil, is another great all around oil. Just like coconut oil, it has many uses including cooking with it and using it as a good dressing for a salad.
SheaMoisture lists some ingredients they use and it may be informative to you.
Avoid Mineral Oil
Mineral oil and petroleum jelly are byproducts of petroleum production. They are not of natural, botanical origin. Mineral oil is used in baby oils and many commercially available moisturizers because it is an inexpensive oil to manufacture. It, however, can clog pores, prevent the skin from breathing naturally, prevent essential oil absorption, prevent toxins from leaving the body through the natural process of sweating, and I’ve read reports that it can be absorbed into the body and block vitamins from properly being utilized. These same concerns apply to petroleum jelly.
This list is not limited to all the oils out there, there are many others. Stay tuned to another post for more oils!
Have you tried any of these?
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Thanks for reading Beauties!