Are you always searching for new ways to look and feel your best? If so, these essential oils beauty hacks will give you 10 fresh ideas. Essential oils are more natural and far more affordable than the beauty products you buy at department stores. You can also use them in a variety of ways beyond their beauty applications, so stock up on your favorite oils and put them to good use.
1. Treat acne with coconut oil and tea tree oil.
Due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil has been used to treat acne for many years. According to one study, tea tree oil gel applied directly to the skin is effective at clearing up mild to moderate acne vulgaris. Since tea tree oil may irritate the skin, mix it with melted coconut oil before applying it directly to your acne.
2. For a natural detox, combine lemon essential oil with water and honey.
Toxins are found in the air you breathe, the food you eat, and the beverages you drink. To help eliminate some of those impurities, you can combine one or two drops of lemon essential oil with warm water and a teaspoon of honey. The goal is to dilute the lemon essential oil so that it doesn’t irritate internally.
Some people recommend dropping the oil directly into water, but it will separate from the water if you don’t add honey. An alternative is to eliminate the water and just take a teaspoon of honey or a bit coconut oil blended with the oil.
3. Use rosemary essential oil to eliminate dandruff.
You may use rosemary primarily in the kitchen, but it has the potential to nourish your hair when mixed other oils and applied directly to the scalp. It’s believed to stimulate the hair follicles to fight thinning hair, but it will also soothe an itchy scalp while removing dandruff quickly and naturally.
Use coconut oil or olive oil as a carrier to ensure that your rosemary oil doesn’t irritate your skin. You can add other oils with potential benefits for your hair, including lavender, basil and tea tree oils.
4. If you want thicker hair, mix rosemary oil with your favorite shampoo.
Since rosemary essential oil is believed to stimulate hair follicles, many people use it to generate new hair growth. It’s also believed to strengthen hair strands for a well-nourished, shiny appearance. You can mix a few drops directly into your shampoo or apply it with a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil.
5. Mix your favorite essential oils to keep your lips shiny and moist.
You will need small metal or plastic cosmetic containers or Chapstick-style roll sticks to make this work. Your goal is to mix your favorite essential oils with a carrier oil that solidifies. You can then rub them directly to your lips for an aromatic treatment that add some shine while softening and nourishing your lips.
Here are some of the best combinations for DIY lip balms:
6. Heal eczema with lavender oil.
Lavender oil is used as a natural treatment for a variety of skin conditions due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. Shea butter is another powerful ingredient known to moisturize the skin and leave it softer, so it makes the perfect carrier oil for lavender essential oil. Blend these two natural ingredients together for a safe eczema treatment that you can apply directly to the skin.
7. Tame your frizzy hair with coconut oil.
A little coconut oil applied along the roots and ends of your hair can quickly get your frizzed locks back under control. Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil or your favorite citrus oil to create an aromatherapy hair treatment that lifts your mood as well.
8. To boost your metabolism, mix grapefruit, ginger, and cinnamon essential oils.
Getting your metabolism revved up can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. There is some research showing that fresh grapefruit can boost metabolism and reduce appetite to enhance weight loss, so many people incorporate grapefruit oil when creating DIY metabolism boosters.
Ginger is used in many weight loss products because it’s known to increase blood circulation and can enhance body temperature which may in turn help with fat loss. Research has shown that ginger can boost metabolism by up to 20 percent as well.
Cinnamon is one of the more heavily researched food sources for metabolic support, so it makes sense to add cinnamon oil to your homemade metabolism booster. These three oils together have the potential to speed up your metabolism at least a little, giving you just one more resource to slim down.
The best way to use these oils is to blend them and diffuse into the air. You only need a drop or two of each oil to create a powerful aromatherapy experience.
9. Soften calluses with lemon and tea tree oils.
Mix up to 10 drops of tea tree oil with olive or almond oil and rub it directly into your callused skin. Adding lemon essential oil adds some power to the formula while turning the treatment into an aromatherapy session that may boost your mood during application.
Calluses are collections of dead skin cells that should start to loosen after application of your oil mixture. You can then remove the cells with tweezers or use a foot roller to gently flake the cells away from your body. This is essential if you want to bare your feet in sandals for the summer.
10. Use essential oils to create a topical treatment for stretch marks.
There’s no proof that any essential oil can eliminate stretch marks, but there are some that may help reduce their appearance or even prevent them from appearing during pregnancy. You can make your own topical treatment by mixing some of these oils with a carrier oil like olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil.
Here are some of the best essential oils for stretch marks:
Do you know of any essential oil beauty hacks that have worked for you? Share your experiences to help your fellow readers look and feel their best naturally and affordably.