The word oil used to make me cringe. Oil is always a bad thing right?? Oily skin, oily hair – no one wants these things. But as I go through this organic health journey I’ve discovered in my late 20s, I’ve learned that oils can do magnificent things for your health, skin, hair, nails, and overall well-being. I’ve introduced a lot of various essential oils into my life the past few months, but here are 3 of my favorites that you can use on a daily basis like I do!
1) Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of my absolute favorite scents ever. It has a calming, soothing nature and I use it every single day.
- Mix it with coconut oil and cane sugar for a wonderful, easy body scrub
- Apply on your temples and rub to help ease headache pain
- Rub a drop on sunburned or chapped lips
- Rub on temples, feet or wrists, and inhale deeply for calming effects
2) Grapeseed Oil
I use grapeseed oil on my face and neck every night before I go to bed. The consistency is so light and non greasy, it leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturized. It’s odorless and good for sensitive skin since there are no harmful substances in it.
- Apply to damp hair after washing and conditioning. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse with cold water to strengthen and moisturize.
- Rub a few drops directly on your face and neck to reduce signs of aging.
- To minimize bags under the eyes, rub in circles in a gentle manner.
3) Coconut Oil
I feel it’s so cliché these days to talk about coconut oil! It’s become a household staple for healthy go-getters, and has become a huge part of my daily routine in the kitchen.
- Add coconut oil into your smoothies sparingly (once a week) for additional nutrients without the cholesterol.
- Baby massage!!! Dr. Oz swears by rubbing some organic coconut oil on your infant’s back after a nice bath. Soothing and moisturizing.
- Use coconut oil while cooking because it can withstand higher heat than other kinds of oils.
- I haven’t tried this myself (oil pulling was so disgusting I almost threw up) but research shows coconut oil can be a substitute for toothpaste, as it inhibits the growth of most bacteria.
4) Cuticle Oil
I never used to use cuticle oil, but I started seeing a new manicurist (her Russian accent makes my life, and they are literally the best manis I’ve ever had) and she demanded that I buy cuticle oil and start using it nightly before I go to bed. “You take care of your body, your hair, your teeth… why so many women forget about their nails??” I have seen a drastic change in my nail beds and overall nail health in the month I’ve been using it, and it’s so inexpensive it’s worth the shot. Buy Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment for under 6 bucks here!
Stay tuned for posts about how to create your own skincare with essential oils! What oils do you use??