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Aromatherapy Skin Care: All-Over Body Care

Aromatherapy Skin Care: All-Over Body Care

In previous articles on Aromatherapy Skin Care, I covered treatments for the face. We all focus on that the most because our faces get the most exposure the weather, environmental pollutants, central heating, and other harmful elements. Not to mention the fact that our face is the first thing others see of us. But since we know the skin is the largest organ of the body, the rest of the body needs to be looked at.

04.04_SkinStruct_1Whatever type of skin you have — Oily, Dry, CombinationNormal, or Mature — essential oils are a great way to take care of your skin in a natural and healthy way. The articles discussing the different skin types list the oils best used for each type. Make sure you refer to those as well.

And remember: “Pampering is not a dirty word; it’s a downright necessity!” (13)

Best Oils

Fennel Seed, Lavender, Sandalwood, Palmarosa, Rose, Geranium, Red Mandarin, Rosewood, Rosemary, Carrot Seed, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Juniper Berries, Melaleuca, Balsam of Peru, Myrtle, Petitgrain, Cedarwood

Points of interest

  • Remember “Slip, Slop, Slap.” In Australia, the government has a public service campaign about sun safety with a goofy but completely catchy slogan: Slip, Slop, Slap. This is short for slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat. Silly? Yes. But it is easy to remember. (15)
  • Geranium works well with the Chamomiles and creates rich blends that soothe skin conditions. (2)
  • Cedarwood and Sandalwood are great for skin and hair care.

Ten Tips for Healthy Skin (15)

  1. Move: Walk, run, dance, or find some other way to exercise every day.
  2. De-Stress: When you are stressed-out, your body produces hormones that can lead to breakouts and, over time, damage your skin cells and your overall health. Plan a quiet time for yourself every day.
  3. Practice Safe Sun: Use sunscreen every day and cover up when you’re outdoors. And don’t forget to bust out that stylish broad-rimmed hat.
  4. Back all over body careMoisturize: Lock moisture into your skin after bathing or showering.
  5. Eat Healthy: Nosh on a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy, high-quality protein.
  6. Exfoliate: Once a week, buff away dead cells and surface debris that can clog your pores.
  7. Smooth: Treat those typical rough skin spots, such as knees, elbows and heels, to some extra pampering.
  8. Scent: Use fragrance and natural scents to energize, focus, or calm down.
  9. Soothe Sore Muscles: Massage your whole body or soak in a relaxing bath.
  10. Celebrate: Feeling good about your body and life, and loving yourself and your life will show!

dry_skin_brushi_1350504506Dry Skin Brushing

This is a great way to remove dead skin cells and dirt from the body. When this is done daily, it rejuvenates the skin. It helps the skin feel more vibrant and to flush toxins out. Moisturizers and nutrients soak in much more easily.

Use a dry, natural bristle brush. If you get one with a long handle, find one where the brush doesn’t come off the handle too easily. Brush the entire body using short, brisk movements, always in the direction of the heart. That helps the lymph circulation work more efficiently.

Use before a shower, aromatherapy massage, or application of body lotion. You can also do this in the shower on your wet skin.  Try it for a few weeks and see what a huge difference it makes.

Recipes

Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your face or body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Cucumber Shaving Oil

  • 8 ounces Cocoa Butter
  • 1/4 cup Witch Hazel
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Almond oil
  • 4 drops Tea Tree oil
  • 5 drops Lavender oil
  • 8 drops Cucumber Seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon Water

Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in the witch hazel and almond oil, then add essential oils and water. Mix thoroughly and pour into a screw-top container.

Apply mixture to the skin with your fingertips before shaving. After shaving, remove any excess oil with a hot, damp cloth and gently pat skin dry with a towel. (1)

Carrier oils 2Simply Sweet and Spicy Brown Sugar Body Polish Scrub

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Almond, Soybean, Hazelnut, or Macadamia Nut base oil
  • 2 teaspoons Powdered Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Powdered Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Powdered Nutmeg
  • 40 drops Cardamom oil

In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients except the essential oil. Using a whisk, blend the ingredients thoroughly, making sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar or spice. Add the essential oil drop by drop, blending after each addition. Spoon into a storage container with a tight fitting lid.

Massage approximately 1/4 – 1/2 cup of scrub onto pre-moistened skin using circular motions. Rinse well. Follow with a moisturizer if needed. Discard after 6 months. (13)

Basic Herbal Body Cleansing Exfoliant and Soap Substitute

  • 1/2 cup ground Oatmeal or Oat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Lavender buds, powdered, or 1/4 cup dried, ground Orange Peel
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seed Meal
  • 1/2 cup White Clay
  • 40 drops Lavender or Orange oil
  • Purified Water or Milk

Place all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Using a whisk, gently stir to evenly blend. Add the essential oil drop by drop, gently whisking after each addition. Spoon mix into a storage container.

To mix scrub for use, place 1/4 – 1/2 cup of scrub into a small bowl and add enough water or milk to form a spreadable paste. Moisten skin so it is damp. Massage scrub all over the entire body using circular motions for at least 2 minutes in order to soften dry skin cells. Rinse well. Follow with a moisturizer. Store dry ingredient/essential oil blend for up to 6 months. (13)

sea_saltSalt of the Earth Body Scrub

  • 2 cups Sea Salt, finely ground
  • 3/4 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, or carrier oil of choice
  • 40 – 60 drops Peppermint, Spearmint, Pink Grapefruit, Geranium, or Rosemary oil

In a medium sized bowl, combine the sea salt and base oil. Using a whisk, stir to blend. Add the essential oil drop by drop, blending after each addition. Spoon into a storage container with a tight lid. Massage approximately 1/4 – 1/2 cup of scrub onto pre-moistened skin using circular motions. Rinse well and follow with a moisturizer if necessary. Discard after 6 months. (13)

Cellulite Oil

  • 3 tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Evening Primrose oil
  • 4 teaspoons Wheat Germ oil
  • 5 drops Lemon oil
  • 5 drops Orange oil
  • 8 drops Sandalwood oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense oil
  • 2 drops Juniper Berry oil
  • 2 drops Black Pepper oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus oil

Combine all ingredients in a 2-3 ounce dark glass bottle. Massage into problem areas. Use daily after dry-skin brushing. Can store for at most a year. (14)

After Shower Spritzing Oil

  • 4 ounces Sweet Almond oil
  • 4 ounces Olive oil
  • 10 drops Lavender oil
  • 5 drops Geranium oil (optional)

Carefully pour the carrier oils directly into an 8 ounce, dark plastic spray bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well. Use every morning and evening after showering. Can store for up to 6 months in a cool, dark cupboard. (14)

Body powderFloral Scent Body Powder

  • 40 drops Geranium
  • 40 drops Bergamot FCF
  • 40 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch

Measure corn starch into a widemouthed glass jar. Add the oils, tighten lid, and shake well. Allow powder to sit for 24 hours before using, to allow the aroma to permeate the corn starch. Shake well before every use. (9)

Forest Scent Body Powder

  • 40 drops Sage
  • 20 drops Patchouli
  • 20 drops Cedarwood
  • 20 drops Spruce
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch

Measure corn starch into a widemouthed glass jar. Add the oils, tighten lid, and shake well. Allow powder to sit for 24 hours before using, to allow the aroma to permeate the corn starch. Shake well before every use. (9)

Minty Scent Body Powder

  • 60 drops Peppermint
  • 20 drops Fennel Seed
  • 20 drops Anise Seed
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch

Measure corn starch into a widemouthed glass jar. Add the oils, tighten lid, and shake well. Allow powder to sit for 24 hours before using, to allow the aroma to permeate the corn starch. Shake well before every use. (9)

Vanilla Body Cream

  • 2 tablespoons Shea Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Virgin Coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons Sweet Almond oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Absolute oil

Blend all ingredients in a food processor and spoon into a 4 ounce, dark glass jar. Use after showering and whenever you’re in the mood for a treat. Store in the refrigerator. Discard after 6 months. (14)

orange-and-citrus-essential-oilsOrange and Apricot Body Cream for Dry Skin

  • 6 tablespoons Apricot oil
  • 2 tablespoons Beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon Virgin Coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Anhydrous Lanolin
  • 1/2 cup Lavender Infusion
  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Borax
  • 35 drops Orange oil
  • 25 drops Geranium oil

Heat the apricot oil, beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and lanolin in a double boiler until the wax has melted. In another pan, warm the lavender infusion, glycerin, and borax until warm. Remove both from heat and allow them to cool for 10 minutes or until oil mixture begins to thicken. Dip your finger in to see that both the oil mixture and the infusion mixture are body temperature.

Time to move fast! Pour the oil mixture into a blender. Remove the plastic plug from the top of the blender and blend. After 10 seconds, begin to slowly drizzle the infusion into the blender. After you have poured in half the infusion, stop the blender and scrape down the sides, making sure that all the ingredients stay in the mix. Slowly add the remainder of the infusion. You may need to to scrape down the sides a few times before everything is well blended. Add the essential oils and blend for another 10 seconds. Swiftly pour the cream into a 4 ounce dark colored glass jar.

You will need to make sure you scrape all of the cream out of the blender. (I recommend wiping the blender and bowls with paper towels, which you can then compost.) Then immediately put everything in the dishwasher on the hottest cycle. The creams and waxes can be pretty hard to hand-wash off, so you’ll use a lot less water by flinging them all into the dishwasher.

Use on heels, knees, and elbows when they feel very rough and dry. Discard after 3 months.

Lavender Infusion
  • 1/2 cup Boiling Water
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Lavender Flowers

Put herb in a bowl, pour boiling water over the herb and leave it to steep for half an hour. (14)

Dark chocolateChocolate Massage Butter

  • 1/4 cup grated Cocoa Butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated Dark Chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons light Sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon light Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Beeswax

Place all ingredients in a double boiler. Heat and stir frequently. Remove from heat as soon as the ingredients are melted. Stir until ingredients are well mixed, then pour the hot liquid into a clean container, or for small individual bars, pour into an ice cube tray and let it cool completely.

To use, either rub the entire massage butter bar over your skin, or warm and soften a bit of the massage butter by rubbing it between your hands, then massage into clean skin. Makes up 4 ounces. Use as a chocolaty snack for your senses!  (15)

Sesame and Shea Butter Body Oil

  • 5 tablespoons Sesame Base oil
  • 3 tablespoons Shea Butter, refined or unrefined
  • 10 drops each of Cardamom, Ginger Root, and Orange essential oils

In a double boiler, warm the sesame oil and shea butter until the shea butter is just melted. Remove from heat and gently stir 1 minute to blend ingredients, then allow the mixture to cool to body temperature. Add the essential oils and stir again. Pour into storage container. Wait until fully set up before using, generally takes 24 hours. Use daily or as desired.  Discard after 6 months. Makes up 1/2 cup. (13)

A Last Thought

What do you like to do in treating your body? Do you want more ideas? In the reference section we have all sorts of books that were referred to for this article. Check them out. They are really good. And please share your thoughts in the comment section down below. All of us would love to hear!

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References

  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  12. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis
  13. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, by Stephanie Tourles
  14. Do It Gorgeously: How To Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products, by Sophie Uliano
  15. Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox
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