An essential oil is a natural oil obtained from plants through distillation. They have the characteristic scent of the plant. Essential oils are one of those things that you need on your dresser. You can use these oils for a range of purposes depending on the type of oil you have. Some are for scalp care, bath scents, skin purposes, etc.
I have used essential oils for years now my main oils being olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil. I feel like these should be at the top of your oil list at all times.
I use extra virgin olive oil because “extra virgin” gives me the guarantee that I am using olive oil in its purest form. I love the deep green colour of my olive oil along with its scent. It makes your skin smell delicious enough to eat. I use this oil on a daily basis sometimes. Some of the uses include;
-Hair moisturizer. Olive oil gives your hair a beautiful shine and helps my dreadlocks retain moisture
-Face. I noticed that olive oil feels lighter on my skin than coconut oil does. It also doesn’t give me rashes which is a problem I encountered with coconut oil
-Facemask. Sometimes I add olive oil to my facemasks when I want extra moisture and softness. Olive oil has been working wonders on my skin lately.
500ml of Pietro Coricelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil retails at 440- at Tuskys.
I’ve been using Kentaste Coconut Oil which is mostly solid, but can melt easily. The oil has such a sweet toasty aroma. It’s also a light oil. I use it for the following;
-Facemasks. Coconut oil is a great skin healer and softener
-Body application. This oil feels so good on my skin. I relish every opportunity I get to apply it
-Stretchmarks. Not that I don’t celebrate my warrior scars, but I do want to fade them a bit. I rub coconut oil on my stretchmarks everyday which helps in fading them. The change isn’t so noticeable, but it’s definitely there.
-Hair moisturizer. I swap olive oil with coconut oil sometimes. I mix a little water and coconut oil then apply on my dreads.
-Shaving. Coconut oil is a much safer alternative to shaving cream. Before you use it to shave your legs or nether regions, make sure you apply warm water to the area which helps in opening your pores. This makes it easier to shave the hair. You’re better off doing this during a hot shower.
Kentaste Coconut Oil retails at 390/- for 400ml at Tuskys.
The use of castor oil can be traced back to early Egypt. Castor oil is an antibacterial oil that is thick in nature and also clear. It is available in liquid form with black castor oil being the best quality. I use castor oil for the following;
-Scalp application. I can’t remember the last time I suffered from an itchy scalp thanks to castor oil. It’s the only oil I use for my scalp. It promotes hair growth and has anti-dandruff properties.
-Massage oil. Castor relieves soreness and promotes the circulation of fluids in the body. If you have any aching joints, apply a little castor oil and rub it in for relief.
This essential oil has skin healing properties as well. Some treat fungal infections using castor oil. I’m yet to try. You can find it at any supermarket. It goes for 225/- at Nakumatt.
I’ve been suing essential oils for more than 2 years now. There are so many other essential oils available out there like almond oil, argan oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, jasmine oil, etc. I am on a mission to update my list of essential oils in 2017, so let me know which ones you’ve been using and liking lately.
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