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What are essential oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated volatile plant extracts. An essential 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 obtained through different extraction methods, and the part of the plant we get the essential oil from can be different depending on the oil but is typically the most aromatic part. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have a strong aroma, in fact, just one drop of an essential oil can have powerful health benefits.

What are Essential Oils used for?

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Because of their antidepressant, stimulating, detoxifying, antibacterial, antiviral and calming properties, essential oils are recently gaining popularity as a natural, safe and cost-effective therapy for a number of health concerns. The usage of essential oils ranges from aromatherapy, personal/skin care products to fighting stress and depression. Ginger essential oil, for example, is known to promote your digestive health by easing indigestion, constipation and ulcers.

How do Essential Oils Work?

Essential Oils are mostly inhaled or, rubbed on the skin after they are diluted. Essential oils are not meant to be swallowed. Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell and long-term memory. When diluted and applied to your skin, some plant chemicals are absorbed that replenish your skin with the proper nourishment.

Essential Oils and Skin Care

Below are our top picks, that rejuvenate and replenish your skin.

Vetiver Oil: It is used for its antiseptic properties to treat acne and sores.

Brahmi Oil: It promotes hair growth, reduces stress and anxiety.

Babassu Oil: It is an effective emollient. It melts on contact with the skin, producing a cooling sensation.

Avocado Oil: It is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that help your skin stay smooth, strong and elastic.

Tea Tree Oil: It helps fight infections and boost immunity.

Ylang-Ylang Oil: It helps preventing nausea, headaches and skin infection.

Moringa Seed Oil: It helps fighting skin fatigue by counterfeiting the ill effects of pollution, providing a natural glow. It also has anti-ageing properties.

Cedarwood Oil: It helps fight skin problems, hair loss, infections and stress. It’s no wonder why cedars are so often mentioned in the Bible, symbolizing a source of protection.

Macadamia Nut Oil: It prevents premature ageing while also preventing transepidermal water loss(TEWL), making it perfect for moisturising dry, sensitive skin.

Jojoba Oil: It acts as a natural sunscreen while also possessing anti-ageing properties.

So, next time when you’re browsing through the skincare aisle, look for these ingredients in your choice of products.

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