22 Jul 2016

According to Wikipedia, an oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.  Essential oils are derived from different parts of aromatic plants. 
The oils are used in a number of ways, from skin-care products to aromatherapy. There are a handful of commonly-used oils that can be found easily at local heath-food stores or specialty shop. 
I make regular use of four of them. They include Tea Tree, Lemon oil, Coconut oil snd Tumeric oil. I use the Tea tree for treating acne, the Tumeric for my hair and feet. I used the Citrus oil for a while until it got exhausted. I used it every night after applying my body cream (my body cream is light on the skin and the Citrus oil is also light, hence it gets absorbed quickly into my skin). 

Nowadays, I use coconut oil every day (regularly at night, during the day when I'm indoors) and I love it. My skin is smoother, even and glowing. It smoothens the skin and also gets rid of rashes. 
Coconut oil is also safe to use on babies and pregnant women. Infact, to prevent stretch marks on pregnant women, it is usually advisable for pregnant women to apply it on their skin when pregnant. And for babies, instead of apply numerous lotions to cure rashes, you can use it to prevent rashes fron springing up on their skin. How to make coconut oil

Also for people using over the counter lightening products, it is very advisable to combine it with the cream so as to prevent stretch marks or uneven skin tone. If its too heavy, try alternating them on different days or simply use other essential oils which are light in consistency. Some include :
Tea tree oil-a very powerful antiseptic and antibacterial essential oil. Tea tree oil can be used to treat fungal infections such as athletes foot and nail infections, relieves itching caused by insect bites and can be used to treat gingivitis or bad breath. 

Rose oil is a great multi-purpose oil, but it can be very costly due to the difficult extraction process. It can be used to treat eczema, depression, stress and symptoms of menopause and sexual dysfunction. 

Lemon oil , similar in fragrance to the fruit. Unlike other essential oils, lemon oil is usually cold pressed. It can be used medicinally, as an antiseptic, and in cosmetics.

 Lemongrass is used to help treat fevers and infections. In Nigeria, it is used to prepare 'Agbo' - an herbal condition used to treat fever. The oil is very useful for insect repellent.

Lime, Lemon and Orange oil -anti septic, anti viral, astringent,bactericidal, disinfectant,
restorative and tonic. Orange oil , like lemon oil , cold pressed rather thandistilled. Consists of 90% d- Limonene . Used as a
fragrance, in cleaning products and in flavoring foods. 

Others include Carrot oil, Neem Oil, Coconut oil, Tumeric oil, Moringa oil, Grapeseed oil, Fenugreek oil. 
These oils are also essential to every beauty routine. Some of them are good moisturizers, toners, cleansers, firmers and lighteners. Their fragrance is also quite awesome. It is highly recommended for people in their 20's and above to use oils with moisturizing properties. It slows down aging, making it firmer and lumininous. 
Essential oils are used in both soap and cream production. Some are used as base while some are applied directly onto the skin.. 
How do you make use of Essential oil? Would love to hear from you.