Thursday, January 27, 2011

How To Use Oils From Flowers And Herbs

Ahhhhh.....I just love the smell of coffee...I wonder if anyone has ever made a "coffee La'Toilet" ? Gigglez

Today my faithful reads, I am going to share with you how to use carrier oils derived from flowers and herbs.

So settle in....grab your java (coffee) and enjoy...


How To Use Oils From Flowers And Herbs

Oils that are derived from flowers and herbs, such as St. John's Wort and borage, make up one of the main categories of carrier product. Floral and herbal carrier oils are particularly useful as massage oils, or as the base of oil blends for massage, due to their active ingredients such as essential fatty acids and vitamins. 

These can help you to treat chronic skin problems such as acne and eczema, as well as being beneficial for bruises, swellings, burns and scars.

These types of carrier oils are also excellent ingredients for general skin care products because they can help to keep skin elastic and well toned, and they even have an anti aging effect. To this end, they are often added to skin care products such as creams lotions and even face masks.

Common Active Ingredients

Carotene~This tones skin, aids elasticity and prevents premature aging.

Linolenic Acid~This rejuvenate moisturizes and regenerates skin and treats eczema, acne and itchiness.

Vitamin A~This antioxidant improves your skin's texture and prevents wrinkles from developing.

Vitamin C~This enhances the effect of vitamin A.

Vitamin E~This antioxidant tones skin and reduces wrinkles and stretch marks.

The Oils

Borage Oil~Borage oil is made by cold-pressing the seeds of the herb. It's pale yellow and smells like spicy cucumber. For massage, add borage oil to another carrier, such has almond oil. Borage oil contains the highest quantities of gamma linolienci acid found in any plant, which is vital for skin health.

Calendula Oil~This oil is made from the flowers of marigold and was used for skin care in Ancient Egypt. It is anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and astringent. It's ideal for treating dry, itchy, inflamed or sore skin and to treat burns, wounds, scars, eczema, diaper rash and cracked nipples.

Evening Primrose~This oil has a musty odor and a fine, smooth texture. The oil is yellow, like the seeds it is extracted from. It is an excellent moisturizer, used in beauty care to treat eczema. It can also reduce hyperactivity in children when used as a base oil for massage.

Hypericum Oil~This oil, extracted from St. John's Wort, is ruby red. It may be mixed with calendula to treat bruises, hemorrhoids, sunburn and wounds, it eases fibrositis and sciatica, but causes photsensitivity, so don't apply in bright or UV lights.

Using Your Flower And Herb Oils

Skin Problems Massage~With the wide range of possible uses of flower and herb oils to treat skin conditions, you can make a very beneficial oil to use for conditions such as acne and eczema:

1. Add 1 tbsp of borage carrier oil to 4 tbsp of sunflower oil

2. Pierce two 500mg evening primrose capsules, easily available in health shops and supermarkets, and add them to the base.

3. Add 10 drops each of chamomile oil and rosemary oil.

4. Use in massage all over the body, concentrating on areas with problem skin. Store the rest in dark glass jars in a cool place.

Skin Moisturizer~Floral and herbal carrier oils are widely used in popular commercial moisturizer and beauty treatments, because of their skin-toning qualities and their ability to combat premature aging.

For a massage blend that will also help to heal and soothe your skin, try the following:

1. Add 1 tbsp calendula carrier oil to 1 tbsp hypericum carrier oil

2. Dilute in 4 tbsp of olive oil.

3. Add 10 drops of lavender oil and geranium oil.

4. Store any of the blend you do not use in dark glass bottles, label and keep somewhere cool and dark.

Have a wonderful day and remember;
you always have enough time to stop and smell the flowers!

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