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Scent of Beauty

By Brittany Anas
  • Using essential oils can help you improve your well-being—and your looks.
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Want longer, thicker hair free of dandruff? Healthy, glowing skin that appears less wrinkled? Deeper, more refreshing sleep?

There’s an essential oil for that—and just about every other aspect of your beauty and wellness routine.

Essential oils have been linked to a number of benefits, such as soothing irritated skin and stimulating relaxation. Click To Tweet

From a eucalyptus-infused morning face wash to a lavender-centric nighttime routine, here’s how you can enjoy the benefits of essential oils throughout the day.

Thicken Hair

Jamie Bacharach, DiplAc, suggests using evening primrose oil to stimulate hair growth. “Rich in omega 9 and fatty acids, this oil works to strengthen weak hair follicles and promote hair growth while moisturizing each individual hair strand,” she says.

How to use it: Add a few drops of primrose oil to your shampoo, or make your own hair growth mask with primrose oil and egg whites. Bacharach says you could add a couple of drops of lavender oil, which helps maintain a healthy scalp.

Get Rid of Dandruff 

If you’re looking to clear those pesky flakes, Bacharach recommends trying tea tree oil. “The active compound in tea tree oil, terpinen-4-ol, contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which give this essential oil its dandruff-fighting capabilities,” she explains.

How to use it: Tea tree oil is extremely potent, which means that for every one or two drops, you need to add about a dozen drops of carrier oil, Bacharach says. As an alternative, you can add a couple of drops to your shampoo.

Give Good Face

For a healthy glow and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, wellness coach Cassandra Hill recommends eucalyptus; its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help clean and soothe. In addition, she says that rose essential oil “improves the texture of skin.” 

How to use them: Place some face wash in your palm and add one or two drops each of eucalyptus and rose oil to it. Or, as Hill suggests, you could dilute a drop or two of eucalyptus with jojoba oil to cleanse your face and then add a couple of drops of rose oil to your moisturizer before applying to your face, neck and chest.

Sleep More Soundly

Not getting enough sleep can cause premature wrinkling of the skin, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Click To Tweet

But essential oils may help; research has shown slumber-inducing power in lavender and sandalwood oils (as well as those from bergamot, frankincense and mandarin). That’s because these aromas “send information to your brain that affects your central nervous system,” explains Rasha Hisham, founder of Lili Aromatherapy. “Inhaling the right types of scents can help you sleep better.” 

How to use them: Hisham says to mix two to three drops of lavender oil with a tablespoon of sweet almond oil, adding, “The best places to apply essential oils for sleep are on your temples or behind your ears.” She has two other suggestions: putting a few drops of lavender or sandalwood oil on a tissue and slipping it inside your pillowcase, or putting a few drops of chamomile oil (another traditional sleep-inducer) in a bowl of hot water, covering your head with a towel and breathing in the relaxing aroma for 10 minutes before going to bed. 

Improve Mood and Focus

Need to overcome an afternoon slump or sharpen your concentration? Before you go for more coffee or soda, try incorporating rosemary into your routine. “Rosemary essential oil is a great stimulant, and helps to boost mental clarity, memory and focus,” says Jennifer Bonato, co-founder of the essential oil company Cardea AuSet. Research supports her claim, with studies showing a correlation between cognitive performance and rosemary oil.

How to use it: Add distilled water and a few drops of rosemary to a spray bottle, and spritz the air around you.

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