There are several oils that are essential and do wonders for a variety of different skin conditions. Below are the list of ten essential oils that are beneficial and have healing effects on almost all types of skin. If you are looking to purchase or add an essential oil to your beauty routine, consider the ones on this list for each of which will likely give you several skin care benefits at once.
Geranium Essential Oil: The essential oil is taken from the leaves, flowers and stems of the popular low growing shrub which sprouts pink and red flowers. It is very balancing and nurturing and suits almost all skin types. It is often recommended for dry and aging skin, but can also help heal burns, eczema, and head lice. It is also a good essential oil for reducing cellulite. Like other floral oils it is considered emotionally uplifting, but has a more affordable price tag than many other floral oils. It is generally considered a safe non-irritating oil, but should be diluted before it is applied to the skin.
Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender oil is very gentle, yet also a powerful healer. It’s oil comes from the steam distillation of the flowering tops of the plant. It is mainly produced in Bulgaria, France and Spain. The oil suits most skin types, but is especially good for acne, athlete’s foot, eczema, dermititis, burns, psoriasis, ringworm, stings and insect bites. It is one of the few essential oils that is so gentle it can be applied neat (undiluted) to the skin to heal burns and insect bites. It is readily available in the lower price range.
Patchouli Essential Oil: This oil comes from an herbal shrub that grows in the East. It is mainly produced in India, China, Malaysia and South America. It has a distinct earthy sweet smell that became popular in America in the 60’s and is often associated with the age of Aquarius and the hippie revolution. It is especially useful for those with oily skin, but is also helpful in healing burns, eliminating dandruff, eczema and oily hair. This oil is considered perfectly safe as long as it is diluted before using it directly on the skin. It is in an affordable price range and is generally easy obtain.
Neroli Essential Oil: Neroli is a higher priced fragrant essential oil that is good for most skin types but especially helpful for dry and aging skin, or to help heal scars and stretch marks. It is an emotionally uplifting and calming oil. It is also an oil highly recommended during pregnancy. It generally has no cautions as long as it is diluted before it is applied to the skin. It is sold at a higher price as it takes hundreds of buckets of orange blossoms from the bitter orange tree to make just one liter of essential oil.
Rose Essential Oil: A similar oil to Neroli in the sense that it has a terrific and uplifting fragrance, is great for almost all skin types and is also recommended during pregnancy. There are two types of rose essential oils on the market. The superior grade for healing and skin care is rose otto as opposed to rose absolute a slightly less authentic and less expensive version. Rose essential oil is healing for thread veins, eczema, dry and aged skin. It is also in the more expensive price range due to the amount of roses required to produce just an ounce of essential oil. It is mainly grown in Bulgaria, Turkey and France.
Violet Essential Oil: The oil comes from the fresh leaves and flowers of the perennial plant and is mainly commercially produced in France, Italy and China. It is also a little harder to find and in the higher price range for essential oils. Violet essential oil helps heal inflammation and thread veins. It is also good for reducing acne, open pores, and blackheads. It can help heal rashes and eczema. As long as the oil is diluted, it is considered safe for the skin without any cautions.
Birch(White) Essential Oil: It is one of the few true Northern grown tree oils, grown and produced in Russia, Finland, Germany and Sweden. The oil is distilled from the tree buds and bark of the Birch tree. It is mainly used for dry skin, eczema, dandruff and fungal infections. However, it is also useful for breaking down cellulite. Birch oil is considered a safe oil with no cautions accept to dilute it before directly applying it to the skin.
Rosewood Essential Oil: Rosewood is mainly produced in Brazil and Peru from the tropical evergreen tree. It is a fragrant wood that was often used for furniture. It has great value for the skin as it helps with many skin problems including: acne, healing scars, adding moisture to the skin and adding life to dull complexions and reducing wrinkles. There are no cautions to using this oil, except that it should be diluted before applying the oil to the skin. The oil has become higher in price in resent years due to the high demand and diminishing quantity of the tropical evergreen trees.
Sandalwood Essential Oil: Comes from the roots and the heartwood of the Sandalwood tree. Most of the commercial production comes from the trees in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It is also valued for it’s fragrance and it’s relaxing and sedative qualities. Again this essential oil is helpful and suitable for most skin types, but is particularly helpful for acne, eczema, cracked and chapped skin. It is in the higher price range for essential oils. It is considered a safe oil as long as it is diluted before it is used on the skin
Myrrh Essential Oil: The essential oil comes from the sap or the tears of the branches and wood of a low growing tree. The oil is mainly produced in Africa, India, and the Middle East. It is best for dry or chapped skin. It is equally good for oily skin and can help reduce the look of wrinkles. It is also good for eczema, dermatitis, for healing scars and wounds. It is in the higher price range.