Natural oils have been used for centuries in cooking, health treatments and for their beautifying properties. They are chemical free and have a whole range of different properties that can moisturise the skin, nourish the hair, heal scars and protect you against sickness and disease. Not all oils are the same though, and there is a huge range of different oils to choose from. Here are ten different healing and beautifying oils that you need to try:
1. Jojoba oil
The first thing that is amazing about jojoba oil is how close it is in composition to our own natural oils (that our body produces) and that is why it is included in many cosmetic products. It’s great for the skin and it has a high content of Vitamin E and contains anti-inflammatory compounds. It’s great oil for the face, hair and for the whole of the body.
2. Rosehip seed oil
Rich in Vitamin C, rosehip seed oil is well known for its anti-ageing, rejuvenating and skin regenerating properties. It also has a high Vitamin A content, which helps to smooth fine lines.
3. Lavender essential oil
If you have trouble seeping then lavender essential oil will help. Studies have shown that inhaling the fumes from lavender oil is a great aid to a restful night’s sleep and it’s far better for you than taking sleeping pills. Just drip one or two drops of this oil on a tissue and place it in your bedroom, next to your bed, and the whole room will be filled with wonderful calming perfume.
4. Avocado oil
Avocado oil has some amazing healing powers, due mainly to its anti-inflammatory properties. If you treat scrapes, cuts and grazes with a little avocado oil your will find that they will heal faster and leave less of a scar. You can also use avocado oil as your night cream; rich in vitamins and minerals avocado oil will make your skin softer and will help delay signs of aging.
5. Bitter almond oil
Bitter almond oil is the best oil for preventing and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. In a study, researchers found that women, who massaged their skin with bitter almond oil during pregnancy, were far less prone to stretch marks.
6. Grape seed oil
Great for the hair and skin, grape seed oil is light and not very greasy; it is rich in Vitamin E and linoleic acid. You can apply grape seed oil to your face, as a rejuvenating and nourishing treatment, and also you can massage it into the hair and it strengthens the hair follicles and it also reduces dandruff.
7. Castor oil
In addition to its use as an effective laxative, castor oil also makes a superb hair treatment. You can use castor oil to treat both ends of your hair. Massaged into the scalp, it will help improve circulation and when applied to the tips, it strengthens the hair and treats split ends. You can also apply castor oil to your eyelashes and eyebrows to make them grow quicker and thicker.
8. Sunflower seed oil
Sunflower seed oil may have lost its popularity as cooking oil, but the Omega-6 fatty acids and Vitamin E that it contains makes it great for your skin. Mildly scented, it makes fantastic, all over, hydrating massage oil.
9. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries by the aboriginal people of Australia to treat illnesses and infections. It has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and has even been found to be effective in treating staph infections
10. Tea tree oil
Thanks to its powerful anti-bacterial properties, tea tree oil is great for treating acne and it is even more effective than many off-the-shelf acne treatments. It also has strong anti-fungal properties that have been shown to be an effective treatment for athlete’s foot. To make your own disinfectant spay add a cup of water to a clean spray bottle and add 7 drops of tea tree oil, shake, shake, shake and it’s all ready to use!