Recently our brand MOClincal released a new line of facial oils that mimic a traditional aromatherapy set. Aromatherapy is a form of natural medicine that uses essential oils made from plant extracts to boost overall health and well-being.
Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Essential oils are supposed to capture a plant’s scent and essence. Aromatic chemicals are extracted from the raw material. They are then combined with a carrier oil to create the essential oil. Essential oils are most commonly used in the practice of aromatherapy. In which they are inhaled to achieve various results. Inhaling the aromas from essential oils stimulates the limbic system. Which is the part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, long-term memory, behaviors and, of course, sense of smell. The limbic system also plays a role in controlling several unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. This is how aromatherapy has a physical effect on your body. Certain essential oils can be used to treat inflammation, reduce forms of stress, anxiety, headaches, migraines and insomnia.
Essential Oils & Skin Care
Dilution is the single most important factor when it comes to using essential oils safely on the skin. When diluted and applied to your skin, the plant’s beneficial properties are transferred and absorbed. The more an essential oil is diluted, the less risk there is of skin irritation to occur. There are several oils that aid the skin in healing, toning, brightening and killing acne-causing bacteria.
All essential oils aren’t good for use in skin care. There are also oils known to spark serious skin irritations due to allergies and even chemical burns because of phototoxicity. Phototoxic essential oils include bergamot and citrus-y oils that contain lime and lemon. These oils should not be used at more than 0.5 % concentration on skin exposed to any amount of sunlight. Oils like cinnamon, lemongrass, and wintergreen can also be very irritating. We recommend doing a skin patch test first before applying any essential oil to your face.