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Aromatherapy Products you can Make at Home
Aromatherapy pure essential oils can be used to make your own Beauty Treatment and Skin Care Aromatherapy Products. This is very easy to do and enables you to use the very best essential oils for your skin type. Since these oils are so fine and light and have a natural affinity with skin, they are much better at penetrating the epidermis than many of the commercially available products that are often so expensive. So, not only will you have a product that is perfect for your skin type, but you will also be able to save yourself a lot of money!
To make your Aromatherapy treatment skin care products, you will need to mix your chosen Essential Oil (or Oils) with a Carrier Oil and make sure you only make enough for a few days as there are no preservatives or other chemicals used in commercial products in your home-made version so they will not keep for very long. Ideally, you should store your product in a dark glass bottle in a cool, dry place and make sure you shake the bottle well before application.
It is very important that if you are pregnant, or have any medical condition for which you are being treated, that you consult your Doctor or Health Care Professional before using Essential Oils as some definitely should not be used under these circumstances.
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Best Aromatherapy Essential Oils for the Face
Geranium Essential OIl
Geranium oil is an aromatherapy essential oil well known for the healing effect that it has on skin and it can be used on the face to soothe dry skin and to help clear the complexion for those with oily skin.
On the body, use it in massage to reduce cellulite and for its calming effect on both the mind and body.
Jasmine Essential OIl
Jasmine ioil s an essential oil that is a marvellous skin softener and used for its smoothing effect on wrinkles and expression lines. It is good for dry and sensitive skins.
On the body, it is good for massage, baths and inhalations, it has an uplifting and relaxing property and can be used to treat depression and fatigue. It is also good for PMT.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil is a powerful antiseptic and healer.
Lavender can enhance the action of other oils (for example, Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, enhanced by Lavender).
Lavender can have a stimulating or relaxing effect, dependent upon the oils mixed with it and is also excellent for tension, tiredness and depression.
Neroli Essential Oil
Neroli oil, like Lavender is a very popular essential oil. It has great therapeutic properties and an amazing smell. On the face, it has a regenerative effect on the skin, promoting smoother skin and treating broken capillaries.
On the body, it has a wonderfully relaxing effect and also helps to prevent scarring. It has a beneficial effect on the appearance of stretch marks. Aromatherapy massage including Neroli oil is useful in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose oil is more expensive than lavender oil but it one of the best oils to use on your skin. It has an astringent, antiseptic and bactericidal effect.
When used as a massage oil, it is good for depression, grief and anger, helps your digestion system and is a great help with PMS symptoms.
Violet Essential Oil
Using violet oil on the face, helps healing, clears congestion and improves skin condition and tone.
Violet oil is very relaxing when used as a massage oil and is useful for insomnia.
It is a great aromatherapy oil for headaches and for reducing swelling and inflammation.
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang-Ylang oil helps to balance the skin’s production of sebum.
This makes it suitable for use on all skin types from oily, right through to dry and mature.
It is also known for its ability to promote regeneration of cells.
As a massage oil, Ylang-Ylang oil is helpful in the treatment of the mood swings associated with PMS.
The Best Aromatherapy Carrier Oils
These are the best oils to use as carrier oils for the face:
- Choose Sweet Almond oil if you have Natural or Combination skin
- Choose Peach Kernel oil if you have Sensitive skin
- Choose Jojoba oil if you have Greasy or Irritated skin
- Choose Apricot Kernel oil if you have Dry skin
- Choose Wheatgerm oil if you have Mature Skin
To make your own Aromatherapy Cleanser
If you use soap and water to cleanse your face, simply add two drops of your chosen Essential Oil to the warm water you use to rinse your face and stir to disperse it in the wash basin. Pat the water onto your face and leave to dry without using a towel. The Essential Oil will form a thin protective film on your skin.
If you use a cleanser when cleansing your face, replace this by adding two drops of your chosen essential oil to 20ml of Sweet Almond Oil (this is the best carrier oil for this purpose). Store in a dark glass bottle, shake before each use and pour a small amount onto make-up remover pads or cotton wool balls, massage into your skin and wipe off again with damp cotton wool.
To make your own Aromatherapy Moisturiser
Use five drops of your chosen Essential Oil in 30ml or 1 fluid ounce of the appropriate Carrier Oil for your skin type.
Add either, the contents of one vitamin E capsule or one drop of Wheatgerm Oil.
Store your moisturizer in a dark glass bottle and use as required, morning and night on cleansed skin. You will only need a very small amount, so use sparingly and smooth gently over your face in upward, sweeping motions.
Aromatherapy Face Mask Recipe
Honey and Tea Tree Oil Mask for Oily Skin
To make your own Aromatherapy Facial Treatment Mask
An Aromatherapy facial mask is marvellous for improving your complexion. However, whether you choose a deep cleansing mask or a moisturising one, you should not use more than once per week. The result of which could be that your skin becomes overstimulated and oily skin becomes more oily, dry skin becomes dryer – which is not the desired effect at all!
It is easy to mix your own personal Aromatherapy Facial Mask. You should only make enough for one application as it will not keep. It only takes a few moments to do and once mixed, you should use it within one hour.
Be sure to cleanse your skin before applying a face mask, avoiding the areas round your lips, nostrils and eyes, but being sure to cover your neck. Smooth the mixture on evenly, using gentle, upward strokes. Always apply a face mask in the evening so that you can really lie back and relax for around fifteen minutes and your skin will get the full benefit.
If you have chosen a moisturising mask, rinse with warm water and pat dry. If you have chosen a deep cleansing facial mask, rub off the dried mask with your fingertips and this will have an exfoliating effect on your skin. Wash off any remaining mask with warm water and pat dry.
To make a moisturising facial mask
Use Apricot oil as your carrier, about 30mls is enough for an application. To this, add two drops each of Rose, Neroli and Frankincense oils and then add 5mls of warmed, clear honey. Now, gradually add ground almonds until you have made a smooth, soft paste.
To make a deep cleansing facial mask
This is made differently, you do not use a carrier oil, you need 30mls of hot water for an application. To this add one drop of Lemon oil, three drops Lavender oil and two drops Geranium oil. Mix with Kaolin until you have achieved a smooth paste. Kaolin powder can be bought online and you should look for the cosmetic grade product. It is inexpensive and widely available.
To make an Aromatherapy Body Moisturiser
Making your own body moisturizer at home, will ensure that you use only pure oils on your skin, together with the correct therapeutic essential oils for your skin type.
Use these moisturizers as often as you like but they are best applied after a shower or bath when your skin is warm and damp. The moisturizer will last for a few days if stored in a dark glass jar so you can make up your mixture in the proportions 60ml carrier oil plus not more than 15 drops of you chosen Essential Oils.
For a rich moisturizer
For dry skin, choose peanut oil as your carrier oil and use seven drops of rose oil and eight drops of myrrh.
For mature skin, choose Apricot kernel oil as your carrier and use four drops of sandalwood oil, four drops of lavender oil and seven drops of rose oil.
For a light moisturizer
For sensitive or irritated skin, choose Sweet Almond Oil as your carrier and use nine drops of Chamomile and five drops of Rose oil
For oily skin, choose Sunflower oil as your carrier and use three drops of Lemon oil, three drops of petitgrain oil* and eight drops of lavender oil.
*petitgrain oil is one of the three oils derived from the orange tree.
Want Some Great Skin Care Tips and Advice?
If you suffer from acne or acne blackheads, Skin Care Expert is a site which has lots of helpful tips, advice and product reviews to help you regain your clear complexion.
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As mentioned above, if you are pregnant or receiving medical treatment for any condition, you should consult your Doctor before using Aromatherapy.
Oils to absolutely avoid during pregnancy (in alphabetical order),
Angelica, Basil, Cedarwood, Citronella, Fennel, Juniper, Laurel, Marjoram, Myrrh, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme and Yarrow.
Oils that are photo toxic (this means that you should not go in the sun for at least six hours after application because the oils can irritate the skin) include (in alphabetical order),
Angelica, Bergamot, Citronella, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Orange
Basil and Laurel can also cause skin irritation.
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Alison Graham (author) from UK on April 17, 2015:
Thanks Kristen, aromatherapy can be very beneficial but some spa treatments and commercial products are quite expensive so learning how to make my own has been a bonus for me.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 25, 2015:
Great tips Allison. Super cool ideas to make your own. Voted up!
Alison Graham (author) from UK on September 04, 2013:
Thanks StevePh, I really appreciate you taking the trouble to leave a comment on my aromatherapy hub.
Steve Phillip on September 04, 2013:
Very informative, nice work
Alison Graham (author) from UK on July 29, 2010:
Hi Margaret, thank you for your comment, I loved your Apsara site.
margaret on July 29, 2010:
Very well explained article. Very helpful for my research too. Good work Alison.
Alison Graham (author) from UK on July 15, 2010:
marius, thank you so much for your kind comment, it is much appreciated.
mariusnielsen1961 on July 15, 2010:
Very good article and well written as well as presented.