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Essential Oils and Beauty

{Portions of this blog are excerpted from, “Healing at the Vortex”, A Guide to Balancing and Maintaining Your Chakras, Coming Soon! by Saundra Berry, C.Ht.}

The use of essential oils has been part of the fabric of our world for thousands of years. Used medicinally, aromatically, to make salves and poultices, tinctures, and skin and hair care by many ancient civilizations.

The process of making an essential oil is in the form of distillation using nothing but the actual plant, root, and or flower. Some people think that essential oils are oily, however; pure essential oils are the consistency of water. Often times, companies will take the essential oil drops and add it to a carrier oil, such as, jojoba, sesame or olive oil, which will give it an oily consistency. It is important to look at the label and make sure that you get the type of product needed for your purpose. When working with essential oils for hair and skin, I prefer to use the pure essential oil.

I look for an organic or food grade, therapeutic grade essential oil that can be found at your local health food store or purchased on line. Some of my favorites are Joan Clark’s Palais Aromaetica at or Mountain Rose Herbs at

I would caution against using perfume oils/ fragrance oils, or oils synthetically produced, because they have produced the scent, rather than using the plant itself and their vibration is low or non-existent and will not serve the purpose desired.

The benefits of using essential oils can assist one greatly if used properly. If you have not worked with essential oils, I highly recommend it. They are easy to apply, it only takes a few drops on the soles of your feet, or at each chakra point, a drop on a cotton ball and inhale the aroma, or you could put several drops in a diffuser to cleanse and purify the air. For the purpose of this writing I will concentrate on essential oils for the hair and skin which are simply dropped into an unscented organic product.

I have worked with essential oils for many years and I make my own soaps, lotions, salves, etc. Obviously, I don’t expect anyone to make their own; instead, you could buy an unscented organic shower soap, lotion, cream, shampoo, and conditioner and add a few drops of the chosen essential oil or oils. A good rule of thumb for mixing, I pour a small amount of product into a small cup and then drop one drop at a time until I get to the desired scent. I think that it is important that everyone test what works best for them, especially if you have sensitive skin. I try a test on the inside of my wrist before I decide to put something I haven’t used before on my skin. I tend to be very sensitive to scent and have sensitive skin so I take extra precautions. Therefore, be safe rather than sorry and do a test on your skin and to make sure that you are happy with the scent.

Before I started making my own blends, I cannot tell you how many different scented shampoos and lotions I purchased, only to find that the scent gave me a headache. So, I think investing in a good organic, unscented product and adding your own scent is the way to go.

Using some of the most common essential oils, here are some of my favorites:

Frankincense – wonderful for the skin it assists with inflammation, scars, wrinkles, and blemishes.

Lavender – versatile lavender is good for many different things such as itchy skin, scars, stretch marks, sunburn, wrinkles, acne, and eczema. Lavender is also wonderful for the hair.

Lemon - used as an astringent, and on cellulite and varicose veins. Lemon is to be used with caution when used on the skin due to its photosensitivity.

Chamomile – works great in hair, acne, eczema, inflammation, itchy skin, and sunburn.

Note: Other essential oils that are great for the hair are Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Roman Chamomile, and Rosemary.

So, the next time you are looking to buy a new scented soap or shampoo, try buying organic, non-scented items, and add your own essential oils for your personal needs. If you have a difficult time finding a perfume that you like, you could even have your own personal scent, that you have created by using a carrier oil such as Jojoba oil, and drop a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Many Bright Blessings!

Please visit Saundra Berry, C.Ht. at

Disclaimer: Information in this blog is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease, nor is the information intended as prescriptions or therapy in any way. The descriptions in this blog are for educational purposes only. None of the statements in this blog have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.



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