I used the weakness to buy cosmetic products and detergents because of their fragrance-- If it doesn't have the (rich) sent, it doesn't do the job. That was my rule of thumb. So when I shifted from OTC products to DIY skin care, creating skin care that has the rich aroma of conventional products, turned to be a bit of a challenge. Luckily there are the floral essential oils which saved the day.. and my skin. Read on for the best essential oils extracted from flowers and their amazing skin benefits.
Why use floral essential oils?
Lavender oil is so popular and I too often talk about it. It’s truly wonderfully relaxing and gentle but at the same time potent and extremely versatile.
From stress and inflammation to skin care, you can use it almost to cure any health issue.
I mean...of course we all love lavender essential oil and thank the nature for it but today I am going to tell you about other flowers and how brilliant are they for your skin!
Floral essential oils offer healthy and beauty benefits and are here to make you look, smell and feel amazing.
With that been said, it's time for us to peek at these oils!
1. Jasmine Essential Oil
The name 'Jasmine' comes from the Persian word 'Yasmin', which means 'gift from God'.
The flower is known as a mood booster, a flower of love, an aphrodisiac. People also call it 'queen of the night' because of the strong smell of jasmine flower has at night.
Jasmine is Pakistan’s national flower and a symbol of luck and gratitude.
The oil is derived from this considered to be a sacred flower, grown on a vine. In China they use it to help the body detox relieve liver disorders.
It’s also used to decrease pain associated with pregnancy and childbirth. It contains properties that help relax muscles and nerves. Jasmine oil is research proven to reduce stress by calming the nervous system.
It has been shown to rejuvenate and brighten skin. Jasmine oil helps hydrating, and making the skin smoother and more luminous.
It's gentle to dry and cracked skin and therefore perfect for treating dermatitis and eczema.
It is light and moisturizing without clogging the pores.
Rich in antioxidants, jasmine oil protects you from free radicals and keep the skin youthful.
It is also said that Jasmine essential oil can be used to decrease the look of scars and speed up wound healing.
Before applying to the skin each essential oil should be diluted in a base (carrier oil).
In this post you can read how to choose a carrier oil for your essential oils. When it comes to combination, you cannot go wring as long as you like the outcome and the scent.
Here are the oils that jasmine oil is usually combined with (most of them are also floral essential oils): bergamot, geranium, rose, mandarin, neroli, sweet orange, ylang-ylang, patchouli.
2. Rose Essential Oil
Next in my list is rose oil. It is very special to me because it brings a lot of memories from my childhood.
Originating from the Mecca of pink roses Bulgaria, I have grown up with this scent and know it very well.
This is also why I've kinda been neglecting it for a while. I was like undermining its properties because it was so accessible and mainstream that I never got to actually research its benefits.
Here I am today though, advocating how amazing it is.
Known as the 'Queen of Flowers', rose is precious in so many ways. A symbol of love, beauty, passion, roses are beautiful, magical and in a very subtle way sophisticated.
''Stop and smell the roses''
The oil is made through a simple process of steam distillation.
Since it takes tens of thousands of rose petals to produce one ounce of essential oil, it can be an expensive buy. Well all essential oils tend to be pricey, so..
It is extremely potent, so you only need a tiny amount at a time.
And don't worry, you don't have to go all the way to Bulgaria to get yours; thanks to the internet you can find it online.
Rose essential not just has a wonderful aroma but it is also capable of providing calming effects to both your mind and skin.
It can help reduce irritation and burning, leaving the skin moisturized and supple, which makes it one of the best essential oils for dry skin.
Rose oil is abundant of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it highly beneficial for your skin health and appearance.
It is highly emollient which means it has the ability to moisturize and hydrate tired, dry skin.
Moreover, rose oil has antiseptic and astringent properties making it perfect for treating acne prone skin.
It is also beneficial for those of use with dry and sensitive skin. It helps soothe redness and inflammation.
Again, you cannot go wrong here, but still here are my suggestions:
A lovely citrus blend is: Rose Oil + Lemon + Neroli + Bergamot.
Another good combination is this of floral essential oils is: Rose Oil + Geranium + Lavender + Ylang-Ylang.
Both blends are perfect for your DIY products and aromatherapy diffuser.
3. Ylang Ylang Oil
The name (pronounced EE-lang EE-lang) means 'flower of flowers'. It is has rich floral scent which is said to calm nerves.
The flower is native to Polynesia, Indonesia and the Philippines. It is cultivated in Madagascar, Samatra, Java.
The oil is derived through the process of steam distillation of the flowers.
It is said that the best flowers to use for making essential oil are those harvested in the peak of night.
During this time the aromatic compounds in the flowers are in their peak.
In manufacturing, it is used as a fragrance for perfumes, cosmetics and soaps.
One of the best beauty benefits of ylang ylang essential oil is its sebum balancing properties. Sebum refers to the natural oils produced by our skin. Ylang ylang oil has a balancing effect that helps correct overly oily as well as very dry skin types.
It has antioxidant properties that fight off free radicals which are responsible for premature aging, fine lines & wrinkles.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ylang ylang essential oil make it good for treating inflamed skin. You can dilute it with a carrier oil and apply it to irritated skin, bug bites, skin rashes and even dry itchy eczema patches.
You can also use ylang ylang essential oil to clear up acne! It’s sebum regulating properties help reduce excess sebum production which is common in oily skin. Meanwhile, its antiseptic properties help disinfect ad speed up healing of acne wounds.
It blends perfectly with bergamot, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, lavender, frankincense, and myrrh.
Of course you can blend it with floral essential oils of your choice or just use by itself. Remember to dilute it in carrier oil before topical application.
New to essential oils? Read my beginners guide Getting started with essential oils.
It is important to remember that essential are NOT meant to be used directly onto the skin.
Essential oils are strong and have to be diluted in carrier oil before use. To use essential oils for dry skin, you’ll need to dilute them with a carrier oil.
Read here how to choose carrier oil for your essential oils.
Do you use floral essential oils? Share your verdict in the comments below.
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