Continuing in our search for alternatives to the many cosmetics we buy, we look at skin care in this post. Here is a brief list of essential oils which are beneficial to the skin:

  • Cedarwood – Often used to soften and moisturize the skin.
  • Frankincense – Was long used in the Ancient World to combat premature aging of the skin. Research at Ponce University in Puerto Rico shows that it enhances DNA repair.
  • Geranium – Aids in Skin regeneration
  • Lavender – Promotes tissue regeneration and found to be effective in dealing with acne, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks and burns.
  • Myrrh – Used in the Middle East for thousands of years for chapped and cracked skin and wrinkles.
  • Rosewood – Helps restore skin elasticity
  • Roman Chamomile – Used for Acne, dermatitis and eczema.
  • Sandalwood – Used for skin revitalization.
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – Used to heal conditions such as Acne and sores. A potent anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory oil it makes a great topical cleanser.

Another ingredient which is important to your skin care, and which we last mentioned in our post on Hair, is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). Teri Williams, a cover model for Vogue Magazine, described this nutrient as “absolutely dynamite for the skin” and “…the single most important nutrient to support healthy skin and hair”. [1] Read the rest of this entry

Essential oils for the Hair.

Last week we looked at how many of the products we use for our day to day grooming – shampoos, soaps, moisturisers, etc – are in fact harmful to our bodies and our environment. This is actually nothing new. Most people you talk to will agree that we are putting way too many chemicals into ourselves. But when it comes to doing something about it at the supermarket shelves, we tend to forget about all that.

So we ended last week’s post by stressing the need to do our research before spending those hard-earned dollars, and I included some useful tools towards that end.

This week, we look at how essential oils can be beneficial to our hair.

Some oils to Consider

Essential oils are great for nourishing, strengthening and cleansing both the hair follicles and the hair shafts. Essential oils are also effective in fighting fungal infections that may be at the root of things like dandruff.

If you have a dry scalp, then some oils you may want to consider are Cedarwood, sandalwood, geranium and patchouli. If it’s an oily scalp you have then peppermint, lavender and lemon oils could be handy. Read the rest of this entry

I think it’s a very good habit these days to really look closely at the small print, and think about what’s in that bottle of shampoo, soap or hair care product you’re buying. And if there is no fine print, ask “Why not?”. In the hustle and bustle of day to day life it’s very easy for us all to grab the first thing we see off the shelf. Sure, we might aim for something that says “contains herbal essences” or “contains natural ingredients”. But how ‘natural’ are these products anyway AND what’s been included with the ‘natural’ ingredients; the ‘gift with purchase’ we don’t really want?

And what are we putting down our sinks? The stuff we put on our skin, in our hair and in our bodies eventually finds itself going back into our drains and sewerage and back into the natural environment. A recent story I read reminded me of this. Proctor and Gamble (yes, the company whose stock was recently involved in the recent share market meltdown) recently put out a statement indicating they were intending to reduce the level of 1,4-Dioxane in their herbal essences products.

Now the problem with 1,4-Dioxane is that not only can it damage your liver and kidneys, it also doesn’t biodegrade and ends up back into our water supplies. Hence what is a health problem is also an environmental problem, and vice-versa. Read the rest of this entry