Our bodies are being constantly invaded by synthetic aromatic chemicals. A walk down a grocery store “cleaners” aisle, plugging in a home “air-freshener”, or sniffing our way through the department store perfume department exposes us to literally thousands of aromatic chemicals that are poisoning our bodies. In fact, almost all of the chemicals found in fragrance oils are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum and include chemicals that are capable of causing imbalance in our bodies and central nervous system. Although synthetic fragrances may often smell pleasant, they are usually a toxic chemical stew and, at best, do nothing to lift our consciousness or offer the healing potential of pure essential plant oils.
Essential Oils for Health
After I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, I embarked on a journey to detoxify my body and I began making most of my own personal care items. I use only 100% pure, undiluted, organically grown essential oils and carrier oils to make body soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, body lotions and oils, home air freshener, cleaning supplies and much more. I have found that these natural items have improved my skin, hair and health. As an example of the many items I make for my use I am providing a recipe for a body oil that has improved my aging skin. This body oil has essential oils to protect your skin from daily wear and to heal the prior effects of sun damage. I smooth this body oil on before getting out of the shower to trap my skins’ moisture in. All of these oils may be purchased at most health food stores or online.
Anti-Aging Body Oil Recipe
2 cups Hemp Seed Oil
1 cup avocado oil
3 teaspoons carrot seed essential oil
2 teaspoons rose essential oil
2 teaspoons sandalwood essential oil
Directions: In a large bottle or quart mason jar add all of the ingredients. Shake gently for several minutes to mix well. Store out of direct sunlight in an airtight bottle or jar.
Anyone with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to any of the above oils or their constituents should avoid using the oil; however, there are very few reports of side effects or allergic reactions.
I have personally experienced health benefits by eliminating synthetic fragrances from my home and personal care and opting for an authentically natural alternative. By doing so, we not only create a healthier atmosphere for our families, but give ourselves the opportunity to benefit from the many therapeutic properties of pure, natural essential oils. Below I have outlined the specifics about each oil included in the above recipe.
Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp plant. All plants in the Cannabis genus can produce the oil, but usually only industrial hemp is used to make hemp oil. Industrial hemp is a hemp variety which has been cultivated specifically for industrial production. Hemp oil is typically free of THC, and it has no psycho-active properties. Hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil”, due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 (linolei/LA) to Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic/LNA) essential fatty acids, determined to be the optimum requirement for long-term healthy human nutrition. These fatty acids nourish and moisturize your skin .
Avocado oil contains a high amount of proteins and unsaturated fats, both of which are strong skin health agents. Avocado oil also contains essential fatty acids, but is also high in a substance called sterolin. Studies have shown the use of sterolin softens the skin and reduces the appearance of age spots. Avocado oil is rich in antioxidants, making it useful for healing sun-damaged skin. Antioxidants like vitamins A, D and E in avocado cause the skin to be suppler and are thus particularly good for dry or aged skin. Avocado oil also contains lecithin and potassium, which are all highly beneficial for the skin as well as the hair. Avocado oil applied topically helps relieve dry and itchy skin. Once applied, avocado oil is deeply absorbed by the skin, thus making it an ideal moisturizer. When applied, avocado oil increases the production of collagen, which helps keep the skin plump and decreases the effects of aging. Avocado oil is perfect for aging skin, but those who do not need the extra help might prefer to replace it with almond or apricot kernel oils.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot seed essential oil is made from the seeds of wild carrot. It is known to heal skin disorders and nourishes, tightens, and rejuvenates skin. Carrot seed essential oil is also widely used in vapor therapy or aromatherapy as a brilliant stress and anxiety buster.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil can improve acne, balance hormones, relieve anxiety, improve depression and reduce rosacea. Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose essential oil has excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin. It also offers antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation. Rose essential oil can also help refine skin texture, controlling skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. A study has even shown that rose essential oil can help heal wounds, as inhaling it inhibits water loss in the skin and lowers the concentration of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is popular in skin care, as it tones and relieves itching, inflammation and dehydrated skin. Rashes, scar tissue, eczema, psoriasis, acne and dandruff are just some of the issues it can assist with. Sandalwood essential oil soothes skin, relieves inflammation and irritation, heals topical infections and promotes a fresh, cool feeling.