Best Essential Oils for Beginners

Getting started with essential oils can be overwhelming. To help you out I have listed 10 of the best essential oils for beginners. But what exactly are essential oils? For those new to this topic, these oils are extracted from fruits and plants to capture their flavors, scents, and overall beneficial properties. They make for a great addition to your skin-care and health routine.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Before getting started, there are a few basics to remember when working with essential oils:

  • When applying oils topically, always use a carrier oil. These are oils used to dilute essential oils, like coconut, argan oil or jojoba oil.
  • Always do a patch test before applying anything to larger areas of your skin.
  • Make sure you only ingest essential oils that are meant to be eaten.
  • Buy “pure” essential oils. There are all kinds of knock-off versions and perfume oils that don’t contain the same benefits. Check for example the brand Physalis.

Here is my list:

1. Cedarwood

Cedarwood tonifies the skin and boosts the blood circulation. It helps to clean the skin and makes it smoother. It also helps towards a healthy scalp.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 2 to 5 drops of cedarwood oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.

DIY massage recipe
Mix 1 drop of cedarwood, 1 drop of cypress, 1 drop of rosemary and 2 drops of grapefruit on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

2. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil has been used for centuries to soothe the airways and to breathe more freely. Eucalyptus oil is used for its warming effect in massages for muscles and joints. The scent also helps to repel insects.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of eucalyptus oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.
  • For in the bath: mix 5 to 10 drops per 10 ml of vegetable oil.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a spray bottle, diluted in water and spray in the room.

DIY respiratory inhalation recipe
Mix 2 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops of scots pine oil, 1 drop of red thyme and add it to a bowl of warm water. Inhale the steam through the nose and mouth (5 to 10 minutes).

3. Lemon

Lemon oil is used for refreshing and promotes concentration. It has stimulating, calming, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and anti-fungal properties. The vapors of lemon oil purify the air and promote alertness.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of lemon oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of lemon oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the max amount of water.

DIY massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of lemon oil, 1 drop of peppermint oil and 2 drops of rosemary oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon Essential Oil helps to calm dry skin, alleviate aches, pains, and stiffness in the muscles and joints, address acne, rashes, and infections, enhance circulation, nourish the skin and revive the skin tone. Many associates the sweet spicy scent of cinnamon with the cold Christmas season.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of cinnamon oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of cinnamon oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture only on a small area of your skin.
  • Put 2 to 5 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY Christmas atmosphere mix
Add 1 drop of cinnamon oil, 1 drop of scots pine oil, 1 drop of cypress oil and 3 drops of orange oil into a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

5. Lavender

Lavender oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils. It has relaxing properties, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifying, hypotensive, and has sedative effects.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of lavender oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY insect repellent spray
Mix 5 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of geranium oil, 5 drops of peppermint oil and 3 drops of chamomile oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice. Apply to the bites.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint oil soothes the airways, stimulates digestion and relieves bloating. It also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, insecticidal, antispasmodic and carminative properties. The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take once per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil. For example, form the brand Physalis.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY digestion recipe
Add 2 drops of peppermint oil into a spoon of honey. Take it after every meal to promote digestion.

7. Rosemary

Rosemary Oil helps reduce stress levels and nervous tension, boost mental activity, encourage clarity and insight, relieve fatigue, and support respiratory function. It is used to improve alertness, eliminate negative moods, and increase the retention of information by enhancing concentration.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of rosemary oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 5 to 10 drops of rosemary oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY legs massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of rosemary oil, 1 drop of strawflower oil and 2 drops of peppermint oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

8. Orange

Orange oil has a positive influence on the mind and ensures a good and healthy night’s sleep. Orange oil refreshes and purifies the air and, also the scent promotes appetite.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of orange oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 2 to 5 drops of orange oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY sleep well drink
Add 2 drops of orange oil, 2 drops of scots pine oil and 2 drops of cinnamon oil into a herbal infusion. Drink in the evening before going to bed.

9. Tea Tree

Tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties. A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil in a spoon of honey or a herbal infusion. To take twice per day. Make sure you use biologic and safe to eat oil.
  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY feet massage recipe
Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil, 1 drop of palmarosa oil and 1 drop of geranium oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

10. Ylang-ylang

Ylang ylang has stimulating and relaxing properties. It has soothing, sedative, antidepressant, beautifying, and aphrodisiac properties. It is beneficial for the immune system, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system, relaxing the body while liberating the mind of negative emotions.
How to use it:

  • Dilute 1 to 2 drops of ylang-ylang oil per 10 ml of vegetable oil of your choice. Use this mixture in a bath or for a massage.
  • Put 5 to 10 drops in a diffuser and put the maximal amount of water.

DIY sensual massage recipe
Mix 1 drop of ylang-ylang oil, 2 drops of geranium oil and 1 drop of sandalwood oil on 10 ml (1 tablespoon) vegetable oil of your choice.

With Love,
Alisson

Affordable Natural and Organic Make-Up Brands

Since I started my journey towards a more sustainable life, I began using only cosmetics from natural and organic brands. Most of these kind of brands are vegan and cruelty-free. It’s a win-win ;). Today I want to share with you 5 of my favorite affordable brands.

Benecos

Made in Germany. The products are free from Paraffin, Parabens, Silicones, PEG, Synthetic Colour, Synthetic Fragrance, and Synthetic Preservatives. The products are made from organic and certified ingredients. All of the cosmetics are cruelty-free. Not all are vegan, see the packaging for more information.
You can find Benecos at Ekoplaza, Douglas, or online.

Benecos

Bo.ho

Eco-friendly French makeup brand. The products are made from natural ingredients. They are highly pigmented and have a great long-lasting texture. Bo.ho is committed to beauty, nature, social responsibility and affordability. All of their packagings are recyclable.
You can find Bo.ho at http://www.biggreensmile.nl, http://www.solobiomooi.nl or at their online shop (in French only).

Bo.ho

Lavera

German brand producing natural cosmetics since 1975. All the ingredients that Lavera uses are from certified organic agriculture. The products are not tested on animals, but they are tested exclusively on human volunteers in collaboration with skin and allergy specialists. This is to ensure that Lavera products are not just natural but effective. The brand is free of synthetic perfumes, colorants, and preservatives.
You can find Lavera in most of the natural and organic shops or at their online shop.

Lavera

Lush

Lush is a British brand famous for its bath bombs, naked packages and soaps. And since 2012 Lush launched a make-up collection which includes liquid lipsticks, liquid eyeliners, mascara, and cream shadows. Lush products are made in factories or “kitchens” around the world including. The products are 100% vegetarian, and 80% of the products are also vegan. They often contain fruits and vegetable extracts.
You can find Lush in their physical or online shop.

Lush

Alverde is a German brand from the store DM. The brand is one of the best-selling, certified natural cosmetics brands in Germany. All of their products are free of mineral oil-based ingredients, are all vegan and certified natural cosmetics.
You can find Alverde exclusively at their physical shops in Germany. 

Al Verde

Have you tried any of these brands?

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Solid Natural Deodorant From Lamazuna

Since I started my sustainable journey, I have tried a lot of different brands of natural and organic deodorant. I haven’t found a favorite deodorant so far, I keep on searching and showing you the results. Today I want to show you my recent discovery, the solid deodorant from the French brand Lamazuna.

The deodorant comes in a block. It is handmade with natural and organically certified ingredients. It looks very small, but I have been told that it may last around 3 months. To use the deodorant you have to make it first wet and then you can apply it under your armpits. The deodorant contains essential oils of Indian geranium, which naturally has an anti-bacterial effect. Perspiration still works as usual but it becomes completely odorless.

This solid deodorant, I got from the ZustainaBox. If you still don’t know, ZustainaBox is a subscription box with only sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. At the moment they are still busy developing and filling the first boxes, but you can already sign up. Use my code ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount! Read more information here.

The solid deodorant is a little taste of what you can expect from the box. As ZustainaBox says: “Green is no longer for hippies. An eco lifestyle is hip.” ZustainaBox makes it accessible, inexpensive and super surprising because you never know which goodies will be in the next box!

Lamazuna deodorant

Have you tried this deodorant before? Let me know in the comments below.

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8 Reasons To Choose Natural And Organic Skin Care Products

The skin is the largest organ in our body. It absorbs most of what it comes in contact with. The majority of store-bought beauty products have artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives and stabilizers that get absorbed through the skin’s pores right into the bloodstream. These products can cause a range of negative long-term health effects. Skin sensitivity, allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances… the list of side effects and reactions to these chemical ingredients is long and scary. Not to mention the negative impact the production and the waste of these products have on the environment.

Today I am sharing with you 8 reasons why to start switching to green skin care:

Pure Ingredients

Natural and organic skin care products are made from clean and pure ingredients. The ingredients come mostly from flowers, plants, fruits, and seeds extracts.

Chemical-Free

Natural and organic skin care products are free from SLS, parabens, petroleum-derived products, and other synthetic ingredients.

Fewer Allergies

By using natural cosmetics, you reduce the chances of having skin irritations. Products with chemicals and other synthetic ingredients in them such as Benzoyl Peroxide often leave skin feeling dry, red and sore.

Our Ancestors

Before the ‘safe’ chemicals were discovered people were putting natural ingredients in their skin. Many ingredients that are included in modern organic skincare products have been used for centuries, developed from ancient remedies that have been known for their incredible benefits for the skin.

Cruelty-Free

Most of the natural and organic skin care products are cruelty-free. This means that the products are not tested on animals. Not all cosmetics are vegan. Some brands use bee wax and honey. Check the labels on the packaging for more information.

Kinder To The Environment

Skincare products that contain chemicals can have a very damaging impact on the environment. The manufacturing of chemicals for skin care products puts those chemicals, and many more, into the air and water.

Cheaper On The Long Term

Organic and natural skincare products are very cost effective when compared to their non-natural alternatives. Especially as the high quality of the ingredients means you can use less. And in the end, the product will last longer.

Regular skin care products may be cheaper, but you end up needing to use a lot of them. Putting layer after layer of moisturizer on as your skin still feels dry. Therefore having to buy more of it, and actually costing you more in the long run.

No Plastic Soup

Natural cosmetics don’t have microplastics.

Since I started reading about the side effects of the chemical ingredients on regular beauty products I rather not risk a chance for a health problem and I only use organic and natural beauty products. I buy them at nature shops like Holland & Barret or Ekoplaza.

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Check my natural and organic skin care favorite products here. Do you use only natural and organic products as well? Let me know on the comments below.

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