Six years ago I started my natural hair journey. I decided to ditch the perms to grow out my hair naturally. Then I branched onto using natural products to improve my overall health by avoiding using chemicals. When I discovered the powerful benefits of using essential oils I was hooked. Hopefully, after reading this article you’ll have a better understanding of what essential oils are and how to use them to your advantage.

What are essential oils?
A natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other sources from which it is extracted. It can be extracted from bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant.

What are the benefits?
The benefits of the oils have the power to heal and cure diseases in an effective way and improve your health. The oils are extracted from the most powerful compounds of a plant or other sources into a single oil. The molecules of the essential oils are very small where it can penetrate through your skin and enter into the blood cells or cross the blood brain barriers. This is why it’s very powerful as opposed to fatty oils like vegetable oil. The fatty oils have larger molecules that make it difficult for the skin to absorb that will cause clogged pores.

How can you use essential oils?
There are four ways you can use essential oils, the typical ways are topical, inhaled by using a diffuser, taken internally or personal care. Just make sure to use certified organic essential oil, so you get the highest grade with the greatest beneficial properties.
My top essential oils
1. Lemon oil

  • stimulates hair growth
  • strengthen hair
  • gets rid of dandruff
  • fades acne scars
  • improves skin tone and lust of your skin
  • deep cleans pores reduces excess oils
  • reduces large pores

How to use it:
Haircare – mix with sweet almond oil and massage the oil onto scalp
Skincare – mix with water, raw apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil as a toner

2. Tea Tree oil

  • reduce dandruff
  • cure fungal infection
  • reduce hair loss
  • fights acne

How to use it:
Haircare – mix with sweet almond oil or coconut oil massage onto scalp
Skincare – mix with water as a toner or use as a spot treatment to reduce pimples

5. Lavender oil

  • heals burns/wounds
  • improves sleep
  • reduces anxiety

How to use it:
Skincare – rub a small amount on feet, temples and wrists or add a few drops in a diffuser

7. Rose ship oil

  • improves skin texture
  • fades acne scars and wounds
  • reduces anxiety
  • prevents wrinkles

How to use it:

Skincare – mix with aloe vera gel and apply on skin or spot treat on any dark area with oil

Other oils I use are coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil and African black soap

Stores that carries the best certified organic essential oils in Toronto are Essence of Life Organics in Kensington market and Bulk Barn

For more information about essential oils please check out Dr.Axe’s website

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