A few days ago I asked my people on Instagram what they wanted to see first on Quaintrelle Vibes- The reading challenge for January or my essential oil collection (I was planning to post the reading challenge on 31st December but that obviously didn’t happen) but this happened:
And since we’ve already begun with the Reading Challenge and are in the middle of the 21-Day Skin Care Challenge, I think it’s time to share something that isn’t, well, a challenge.
To put it simply, Essential Oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. These volatile oils are ‘essential’ in the manner that they contain the spirit of the plant’s aroma. When utilised with care, they can provide a qualitative boost to your personal care routine.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and rightly so. I love all things lavender: candles, creams, perfumes. It was also the first essential oil I ever got for myself from Aroma Treasures and now I’m obsessed. I got myself another bottle from a little shop in Dharamshala, India last year. But I must say, nothing smells as divine as the Lavender Essential Oil by Aroma Treasures. It has a soothing herbal-floral fragrance that has head-clearing effects. I carry the bottle in a pouch everywhere I go and get a whiff of it every now and then throughout the day. If you’re wondering where you should begin with the use of essential oils, this one by Aroma Treasures could be the place. is Some ways in which you can use Lavender Essential Oil are as follows:
- Add 5-6 drops of the essential oil to your bath water for the most relaxing time ever.
- Add a drop or two of it to your mascara to:
- Promote lash growth.
- Extend the life of your mascara
- Kill mites and bacteria
- For dark circles: add a few drops of the oil to aloe vera gel and apply under the eyes.
- Acne spot treatment: Add a few drops to some lemon juice and use a cotton pad to apply on the affected area (make sure to research well about the kind of oil you’re using and if it will suit your skin type before you try this method).
- Improve complexion: Make a mask out of a tablespoon of brown sugar, a tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lavender essential oil.
- Add a few drops to steaming water and expose your skin to the steam for healthier skin.
2. Ylang Ylang:
I bought this oil from the same little shop I got my second Lavender Essential Oil from. I’d read a lot about its uses and thus picked it up to give it a try. Ylang Ylang is a soothing, balancing and warm oil. It is also known as the most emotionally evocative of all essential oils.
- It has mind and body relaxing properties.
- It eases PMS.
- It balances both dry and oily skin (Note that it should be avoided on sensitive skin). Add a few drops of it to your moisturizer and you’re good to go.
3. Madhuvanti Calming Body Oil:
I know this is not exactly an essential oil, but this body oil by Kama Ayurveda is made out from Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Palmarosa essential oils. When it comes to fragrances, this one is my favourite only second to the Lavender essential oil by Aroma Treasures. These rich essential oils are combined in the lavish base of Jojoba, Sesame and Sunflower oils. The fragrance has a very soothing effect and it really does help to calm your nerves. Slather some of it on your body after a warm shower at the end of a long tiring day to guarantee yourself a blissful night of sleep. Besides, the oil also has softening and nourishing effects on the skin. This oil works equally well for both dry and oily skins and is my go-to when I’m PMSing.
4. Tea Tree:
Tea tree is the skin care elixir. This particular one by Aroma Treasures has an odour suggestive of Juniper and Cyprus. Its uses are endless:
- Add a few drops to your acne treatment products or just mix a few drops of it and lavender essential oil to some coconut oil and apply it every night.
- It can fight bad breath when used to gargle along with some water. Make sure that you do not swallow the solution.
- Tea tree essential oil can also help to naturally prevent lies and dandruff. Just add a few drops of it to your shampoo.
- Another method is to mix it with the oil you use to massage your scalp with. Consider castor and coconut oils.
- It is also good for respiratory problems.
- Tea tree essential oil can be used to treat sunburns: Just add a few drops of it and lavender essential oil to aloe vera gel and apply all over the burnt skin. Upon regular use, your skin will thank you.
- Add a few drops of it to the water while using steam on your skin to open up pores and fight acne more effectively.
Rosewood oil has a distinctive fragrance that’s woody, warm, herbal, floral and vivifying. Its aroma is deeply relaxing.
- It helps balance emotions.
- Aroma therapists use it as an antidepressant.
- Add it to your favourite lotions and creams or simply your bath water to fight ageing skin, wrinkles and acne.
- It also promotes new cell growth.
Asians have been using turmeric in skin care for centuries.
- Add a few drops to your bath water, while steaming to nourish your skin and fight mild acne problems.
- Adding a few drops to steaming water can also ease sinus congestions and help fight respiratory diseases.
- Turmeric essential oil is a wonderful skin cleanser and can be used to provide nourishment to the skin.
7. Basil (Sweet):
Again, the medicinal and beautifying properties of Basil have been known to Asians for centuries. This one by Aroma Treasures has a sharp and sweet aroma. It helps balance emotions and is known to help ease the feelings of fear and sadness.
- The aroma promotes alertness and concentration.
- It is also known to heal headaches and muscle pains.
- Eases sinus congestion.
- Is an insect repellant.
- Can be used while dealing with menstrual cramps.
8. Carrot Seed:
I bought this oil along with the Sweet Basil oil especially because they help with menstrual cramps and PMS. But I found out that Carrot Seed has a number of other uses in both skin care and hair care.
- Add some of it to your hair oil to treat dry hair and dandruff.
- Add a few drops of Carrot Seed oil to your bath water or moisturizer to promote new cell growth.
- Using Carrot Seed Oil in your skin care routine can also fight dry and mature skin.
- It is also good for menstrual cramps.
9. Vanilla Body Massage Oil:
I got this bottle from Dharamshala as well because I loved the way it smelled and the shopkeeper told me it had multiple uses. Massage it onto your skin to:
- Fight acne.
- Soothe burns.
- Fight ageing skin.
- Regulate menstruation.
- Treat anxiety and depression.
- It also has antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from environmental damage.
And that’s all for this post! I hope it helped you figure out which essential oils you’d want to use and if you want to begin someplace, I suggest Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils by Aroma Treasures. They have a lot more you can go through and the oils are completely affordable. Also, look up their carrier oils. You can mix multiple essential oils together but make sure you dilute them properly. Never directly apply these oils to your face. Always use carrier oils or water or mix them with your lotions. Use a few drops and change the way your room smells and use different oils depending on what you feel like. Find out what combinations work best for you and don’t forget to tell me what you thought of them. I hope this motivates you to take better care of yourselves and your bodies because you deserve it.
Warmth and love,