Natural Healing Oils

April 29th, 2011

The history of mankind is rich about the usage of natural oils and their healing properties. People from every corner of the world, be they young, adults, infants or elderly, have been benefiting from the healing characteristics of natural oils for their physical, psychological, emotional and even spiritual diseases. Mostly used for skin diseases, natural oils are equally important for other physical, mild and severe, diseases including bacterial and viral infections.

By applying steam distillation, natural oils are extracted from the plants. When the steam penetrates into the plants it extracts condensed and volatile oils. However, to get a small content of oil, enormous quantity of raw plant-material is required. For instance a pound of rose oil will take about two thousand rose petals. This also shows that the extracted oil will, then, be highly concentrated. Because of this concentration, single oil may contain a wide range of chemicals and thus become significantly efficient for healing purposes. Similarly, natural healing oils available in market are rich in oil properties in comparison with other pharmaceutical medicines in which only a trace of active ingredient is sufficient.

The application of natural healing oils is very simple; their usage is restricted to the skin only. The skin absorbs the oils and let them enter blood capillaries and consequently circulate throughout the body. Here it must be noted that natural healing oils are distinct from other drugs in three ways. First, they are quickly excreted from the body because they do not amass in it. Second, usual medicines that are swallowed, natural healing oils bypass the stomach and liver and reach the target spot where they are needed; meaning thereby their properties are not affected by metabolic reactions. And finally, their application on human skin in rarely followed by side-effects. Since their natural characteristics are not alien to human body, they are mostly harmless.

Then natural healing oils are widely used for psychological abnormalities, physical diseases and cosmetics imbalances. Following is a brief overview of some of the natural healing oils in connection with their remedial qualities.

For psychological abnormalities like depression, insomnia and stress, oils with calming, energizing and tranquilizing effects are used. They include bergamot, chamomile, lavender, lemon Melissa, marjoram, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, and valerian.

For bacterial infections, oils including cinnamon, laurel, garlic, clove bud, savory, oregano, bay rum, benzoin, cardamom, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium lavender, marjoram, lemon, lemongrass, sage, myrtle, myrrh, pine rose and tea tree are potent. For they carry antibacterial distinctiveness, they prove most effective for the treatment of bacterial infections. Their topical application according to the expert-prescription brings positive results in a short span of time. Nevertheless, healing time variation is also possible owing to the condition of infection.

When it comes to aesthetic imbalances like deep contours, skin creases and wrinkles, the natural healing oils work on their full optimum. They utilize the fats and fill in the shallow contours and enhance facial looks. In this regard, oils extracted from lemon, castor, apple, lavender, orange, rose and tea-tree are useful.

Honey treatment for wounds

May 29th, 2010

Honey is great when used in skin care recipes (see benefits of honey), but it can be used in honey treatment for wounds. This is not a new discovery; some pharmacy stores actually carry sterilized honey based wound dressings. If you don’t have those available, though, you can make your own honey treatment for wounds. Read more about honey wound treatment.

Olive oil beauty recipes

May 26th, 2010

Olive oil beauty recipes are some of the simplest skin care recipes. This is because olive oil is readily available and can be purchased at a reasonable price. Olive oil is bursting with Vitamin E which is great for dry skin but can be also used as a moisturizer for normal skin because it nourishes the skin deeply but does not leave a greasy residue.

Check out some of the most common olive oil beauty recipes.

Natural Skin Care Recipes

May 23rd, 2010

Taking care of your skin is just as important as taking care of anything else. There are many natural skin care recipes that can not only make our skin look better but feel better as well. There’s nothing more annoying and uncomfortable than dry itchy skin, an unexpected acne breakout or looking in the mirror to see one more wrinkle. Taking care of our health on a regular basis and treating our skin to the beneficial ingredients of natural skin care recipes can make an enormous difference in the way we feel physically and emotionally.

Eat a Healthful Diet

A healthy balanced diet is one of the best natural skin care recipes available. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein will keep our skin looking and feeling better. The build of toxins in the body from eating processed foods and junk food shows just as much in your skin as it does elsewhere. An unhealthy diet and a build of toxins can make skin look lifeless and sallow. Making positive changes in your diet and drinking plenty of water will bring it back to life.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water is a wonderful natural element of good skin care. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water every day will have an impact on your skin by flushing toxins from your body and plumping up skin cells. Herbal teas combine water and beneficial herbs to create a healthful, enjoyable beverage.

Use Herbs in Natural Skin Care Recipes

Chamomile, for example, is an herb often used to make tea that has wonderfully beneficial properties for the skin. It has calming properties that help relax the skin and minimize wrinkles. The negative impact of stress on the skin can influence breakouts of acne, psoriasis, rosacea and other uncomfortable and unattractive skin conditions. Chamomile is also beneficial for the treatment of insomnia and lack of sleep has a negative impact on skin. This medicinal herb is used as an ingredient in many natural skin care recipes used to treat rashes and irritated skin and has antiseptic properties in addition to healing ones.

Over the counter cosmetics and skin care products are very expensive. Using natural skin care recipes will benefit your bank account as well as your skin. Many of the ingredients used in these recipes can be found right in your pantry. If not, you will find buying the ingredients at your local grocery store much more affordable than premade products.

Shop for Natural Skin Care Products at Your Grocery Store

Try this natural skin care recipe for a dry skin. Use it on your face or scalp.

Ingredients:

½ ripe Avocado

½ cup plain organic yogurt

¼ cup organic honey

Combine all ingredients into a paste. Apply to your scalp or face and leave on for one hour. Rinse and moisturize.

Here is one of the many natural skin care recipes for the treatment of acne:

* Mix together equal portions of lime juice and ground nut oil.

* Apply the mixture to your face.

This recipe will help prevent the formation of pimples and blackheads.

Weird skin care treatments

May 22nd, 2010

Placenta facial anyone? :) Not your normal face mask recipe! Check out some of the weird skin care treatments out there.

Home made leave-in hair conditioner – restore your hair

February 5th, 2010

A good home made leave-in conditioner can be your best friend during the dry, cold months of the winter! The thing to know though is which ingredients to use. The best homemade hair conditioner contain ingredients that are humectants, they trap and lock in the moisture so that the hair shaft is exposed to moisture for longer periods of time. They also help detangle hair.

Simply applying warmed up olive oil to hair does wonders! Apply it on damp hair, wrap up in a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash with shampoo. Make sure the water is not too hot; hot water tends to dry out the scalp. Add to olive oil a bit of Vitamin E oil and the restoration of the hair is complete.

Check out more home made leave-in hair conditioner recipes for more great hair restoration and revitalization recipes.