Sesame Oil Bottle

Sesame Oil: Bring Back Healthy, Youthful, Glowing Skin With This Deeply Nourishing Face and Body Moisturizer

I long ago ditched my mainstream fragrant moisturizer that was loaded with hormone disruptors and cancer causing chemicals (but smelled amazing, of course). If you haven’t, read this that discusses fragrances in general or this which discusses body lotion ingredients in particular to persuade yourself.

Since then, I have purchased many organic versions of body lotions. Some were great, some weren’t. Some were expensive, some weren’t. My favorite brand is Weleda by far. It has amazing ingredients and if you ate it, you would not be poisoned. (This is one of my criteria for deciding whether or not to use something on my skin.) That said, my all time favorite moisturizer for my body I only discovered about a year ago. It is sesame oil. It will make your skin look and feel amazing, and it will also help your body on the inside as well!! Let me break down the benefits for you. 

Sesame oil:

  1. is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. This makes it great for controlling breakouts and blackheads and for treating wounds or inflamed skin. 
  2. repairs damaged skin cells, especially when used in massage. To make it especially repairing, add a synergy blend such as Soft Skin by Plant Therapy. 
  3. slows aging process with an antioxidant called sesamol.
  4. is a natural sunscreen with an SPF of 4. To make it more effective as a daily sunscreen, mix one tablespoon of sesame oil with 9 drops of lavender, rosemary, thyme, cedar wood, or clove to make it even more effective. To make a sunscreen when you will actually be out in the sun, add carrot seed oil which has an SPF of about 40!! If you don’t know why you should opt for a natural sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen, read this great article from one of my favorite bloggers, Wellness Mama. Sesame oil is also great for repairing sunburned skin.
  5. nourishes the body through the skin. The skin is the largest organ (as I am sure you have heard). It absorbs anything you put on it. While this is often not good because we put so many horrible things on/next to our skin, in the case of sesame oil it is great. Your skin absorbs the nutrients found in sesame oil such as the antioxidant vitamin E, the hard to get vitamin K , and various B vitamins such as niacin as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and phosphorus.
  6. is very healing and moisturizing thanks to fatty acids (stearic, palmitic, oleic, and linoleic). Linoleic acid is known for its ablilty to heal, plump, hydrate, and combat acne.  
  7. is more deeply absorbed by the skin than other oils and provides a barrier against air pollutants. It also improves circulation.

Choosing your Sesame oil:

Be sure to choose organic cold-pressed sesame oil. Since your skin and body will be absorbing this, you want the highest quality oil. I use Life Flo Organic Sesame Oil, but Banyan Botanicals has a good one as well. 

Ways to use Sesame oil:

  • Use sesame oil as a moisturizer after shower/bath, with a self-massage. I like to add essential oils depending on what I want to address that day. I often choose lemon oil to help my lymphatic system flow freely and boost immunity with an invigorating scent or Frankincense if I am sore from yoga or gardening to reduce inflammation and soothe my muscles and joints. Another great option is the  Balance synergy blend from Plant therapy (for women), of you are experiencing any discomfort (mental or physical) relating to your cycle. I like to incorporate a lymphatic massage while I apply my sesame oil plus essential oil blend of the day. (Post coming soon.)
  • Sesame oil applied before your bath or shower pulls out toxins. Oil soluble toxins from your body are attracted to the molecules in sesame oil (just like castor oil). They travel up to the surface of your skin where you can then wash them off. Apply sesame oil to your body 15-20 minutes before your bath or shower, then rinse it off while in said bath or shower. Your skin will still feel moisturized afterward, so there should be no need to apply more unless it is the dead of winter and your skin is super dry. 
  • As a deep hair conditioner. Massage warm sesame oil into your hair to alleviate dry scalp, minimize hair loss, and promote new hair growth. Infuse herbs such as horsetail and/or nettles beforehand to further enhance hair growth. Leave on for 15 minutes to a half an hour and wash out. 

Sesame Oil Bottle

 

Do you use sesame oil as a body moisturizer? Do you use it as a facial moisturizer? Are you going to try it?

Sesame Oil

Oil Cleansing Oils

Oil Cleansing Method (For Your Face)

If you haven’t heard of this amazing method for cleaning your face, you might have various questions running through your mind. Cleaning my face with oil? Won’t I break out? How the heck does that work? Well, let me tell you.

How the amazing Oil Cleansing Method works:

It is the like dissolving like principle at work. Often times facial cleaners are too harsh and strip your skin of oil. This causes your skin to produce MORE oil. In contrast. when cleansing with oil, it lifts the dirt, makeup, and the oil from your face but leaves it moisturized. It is super simple. The most complicated step is to pick out your oils. (I think that’s the fun part.)

How to Oil Cleanse your face:

Oil Cleansing Oils

  1. Take about a teaspoon of your oil blend, rub it in your hands and then all over your face. You can even take off eye makeup with the oil! (Just be sure to shut your eyes.)
  2. You can let the oil sit on your face for 1 to 10 minutes. The longer you leave it, the deeper the clean.
  3. Take a very warm wash cloth and hold it over your face for a few minutes. Rinse it out and repeat a few times. Finally, use a clean, warm cloth to wipe your face.
  4. Unless you are really dry, you probably won’t need to add moisturizer to your face after this.

Note: This is a deep cleaning method. Most likely you will not want to do this every day unless you have very oil skin. I have dry skin, and I only do this twice a week during most of the year and maybe three times a week during the summer.

How to choose your cleansing oils:

  • Choose organic and minimally processed oils whenever possible. You have probably heard that your skin is your largest organ and that it absorbs most of what is put on it. This is why making your own beauty products is so awesome. You control the quality of ingredients!
  • Play around with different oils and different combinations of oils until you find what works for you. Everyone’s skin is different. Lots of people love coconut oil for cleansing. It dries my skin out! So, if something doesn’t work, try a different oil or try different ratios.

Popular cleansing oils and what they do:

  • Castor Oil is a thick detoxifying oil. It can penetrate deeply into your skin to pull out dirt and grime and fight bacteria growth. Castor oil is also good for use in a pack to draw out impurities from certain places on the body.
  • Safflower Oil removes dirt and oil while softening and retaining moisture. It is full of linoleic acid which contain essential vitamins. This oil is great for sensitive skin and promotes elasticity.
  • Avocado Oil is extremely moisturizing. It has monounsaturated fats and antioxidants like vitamin E that soften and soothe irritated skin .
  • Olive Oil is another highly moisturizing oil containing monounsaturated fats, vitamin A and E. 
  • Coconut Oil: I love this oil as a carrier oil and for moisturizing the body, not the face. However, I know there are those out there who absolutely love its effects on their face. It contains saturated fat, is anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, but doesn’t sink in very deeply, which is why it isn’t moisturizing enough for dry skin like mine. Also, it can be comedogenic (clog pores). If you would like a very thorough list of oils and their comedogenic rating, go here.
  • Sesame Oil has many beneficial nutrients and improves circulation which can give your skin a glow. Containing vitamins A and E, it is helpful in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Sesame oil has a lipid barrier very similar to our skin’s. Because it is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, it can help with acne. It is also detoxifying to the skin. I love it!
  • Evening Primrose Oil contains Gamma Linolenic Acid which has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe red or irritated skin. It is great for eczema and psoriasis as well. I love it!
  • Rose Hip Oil is packed with vitamin C which stimulates collagen production. This can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains beta-carotene which is very moisturizing to the skin. The fatty acids in Rosehip oil improve skin tone and texture. I love it!

Choosing Oils for your Custom Cleansing oil blend:

Ratios for Dry skin: (these ratios are approximations, not hard fast rules)

Ratios for Normal Skin:

Ratios for Oily skin:

Ratios for aging Skin:

My Personal Oil Cleansing Formula:

Oil Cleansing Method: Bottle and Oils

Feel free to play around with it!  Make small batches like the one above to start. That way if you don’t like your combination, you won’t have to waste much.If you have read my Face Serum post, you have seen some of these oils. If you have made the face serum, you probably already have some of these oils! I don’t add any essential oils to my cleansing blend because I like to use it as an eye makeup remover.

How about you? Do you use the Oil Cleansing Method? Are you going to try?

Face Serum Bottle and Anti-age Essential oil Bottle

Face Serum: Create the Highest Quality Face Serum at Home

This time of year, the end of winter, your face might start to feel a little dry and crackly, depending upon where you live. An easy fix for this is a face serum. Face serums are some of the easiest beauty products to make at home. Also, you can customize the beauty oils and add your favorite essential oils. When you make your own, you control the quality of the beauty oil as well as the quality of the essential oils. The bottom line is that you end up with a superior product, yet at a significantly reduced cost. A win-win in my book!

You should always choose the organic version of an oil when available. Also be sure to choose the least processed version, such as expeller-pressed. Here is an overview of my favorite carrier oils for face serums divided by skin type. This is not an exhaustive list.

My favorite face serum oils:

For Dry/Mature skin:

Beauty Oils for Face Serums

For Normal/Combination:

For Oily/Acne Prone Skin:

You will notice that many of the oils overlap. This should give you peace of mind enough to know not to agonize over your choice of oils. My skin changes with the seasons, so I have made multiple face serums with different carrier oil combinations. For my winter serum, I use Rose Hip Oil, Argan Oil, and Evening Primrose. I use only Rose Hip oil as my carrier in the summer. It is lighter than the Argan and Evening Primrose.

After you choose your oil or combination of carrier oils for the base of your serum, you will want to choose your essential oil or essential oil combination. I prefer to either use a single oil such as Frankincense, or to use a synergy blend that has been created by a certified aromatherapist. Essential oils react to each other, sometimes positively, sometimes negatively.  For this reason, I like to leave it up to the experts who know and understand those reactions to create a blend.

Essential Oil Synergy Blends for Your Face Serum:

face serum bottle and essential oil blend

My current  favorite blend for my skin 41-year-old skin is Anti-Age by Plant Therapy. It is an amazing smelling blend of Palmarosa, Rosalina, Copaiba Balsam, Frankincense Serrata, Frankincense Carteri, Sandalwood, Neroli, and Rose Absolute to help reduce “fine lines, patchy pigmentation and loss of elasticity”. Plant Therapy has world renowned aromatherapist Robert Tisserand as a consultant.

Another blend by Plant Therapy that looks great, but I have yet to try, is Soft Skin. It contains Lavender, Frankincense Serrata, Lemon, Petitgrain, Coriander, Turmeric, and Rose Absolute.

My other favorite essential oil company, Rocky Mountain Oils, has a blend called Skin Care. It contains Cucumber, Lavender, Frankincense, Carrot Seed, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, & Rose and is said to “rejuvenate and tone mature skin, prevent and reduce the appearance of scars, and sooth and comfort dry, irritated, and blemished skin.” It is next on my list to try.

If you would like to go with a single oil, or use a tried and true combination, here is a list below of which oils are best for each skin type. This is also not a comprehensive list.

Essential Oils to normalize oil production:

Essential oils for moisture and elasticity:

Essential oils for acne/blemishes:

Both Tea Tree oil and Lavender can be applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil. If you have sensitive skin, however, you can make an acne spot treatment roller by following my tutorial on essential oil roll-ons. I recommend coconut oil for the carrier oil for this because it is anti-microbial. You do not need to follow the typical dilution rates for a spot treatment.

Essential oils for red spots/scarring:

How to use your face serum:

Apply your serum to a clean face. It can be dry or slightly damp to lock in moisture. Follow it with your moisturizer. I only use my serum at night because it gets my hairline oily. I have dark blond hair that is fine, so if it gets a little oil in it, it looks dirty. If you don’t have this problem, you can apply your serum in the morning and at night.

If you would like to make a non-oily serum for the mornings, try this one from Mommypotamus. It is a hyaluronic acid serum that looks amazing. It is on my to-do list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

both tea tree lavender cleaners

Tea Tree Oil Cleaner with Lavender: Antiviral and Antibacterial

Why make your own Tea tree oil cleaner?

Tea Tree Lavender Cleaner All Purpose

There are a few reason why I chose to make my own tea tree oil cleaner. First, tea tree oil is non-toxic (unless you drink  a bunch of it undiluted). Second, I wanted to harness the amazing antibacterial and antiviral powers of tea tree essential oil and making my own allowed me to control the quality of the essential oils in my cleaners. Essential oils can break down plastic if they are stored in it, so I chose dark glass bottles. Essential oils retain their potency longer when not exposed to light. (If you are storing your cleaners in a dark cupboard, a clear glass bottle is fine.) These bottles look so pretty compared to the plastic bottles that purchased cleaners come in, and it takes only a couple of minutes to mix up a bottle! A bonus is that it is super cheap as well.

All Purpose Tea Tree oil cleaner with Lavender

This cleaner is safe to be sprayed on just about anything. I use it to clean my counters, my dining table, my stove, my cupboards, etc. You will still smell the vinegar, but it isn’t so bad since the tea tree and lavender mask it a bit.

Disinfectant with Tea Tree Oil cleaner with Lavender

tea tree lavender disinfectant

In our house we consider out microbiome and avoid over-cleaning. This is the “big dog” of cleaners. We mostly use it for bathrooms. We also break this out when someone in the house gets a bad “bug” and we want to try to stop the spread!

A note on tea tree oil: It is amazing! It is great for blemishes. Apply morning and night to the area after cleansing and before putting on your moisturizer. Also, if you know anyone who is plagued by cold sores, shingles, or any other herpes virus, applying a dab of tea tree oil on the affected area a few times a day can really speed up healing. Some people are sensitive to straight tea tree oil on their skin, however, so you can either buy it diluted or dilute it yourself and put it into an easy to apply roll-on by following this tutorial.

A word of caution: If you have cats, be careful about when/where you spray your tea tree cleaners. Essential oils can build up in a cat’s system over time and cause health problems.

Have you ever made your own cleaner? What ingredients did you choose?

Tea Tree Cleaners

Homemade Essential Oil Roll-ons

Essential Oil Roll-ons (Homemade)

These essential oil roll-ons are some of our favorite tools we have around the house for keeping healthy or recoverving from illness quickly. We also put essential oils in diffusers throughout the house, but the rollers are particularly when handy away from home and our diffusers. Essential oil roll-ons are convenient because the essential oils are already diluted to the appropriate amount with a carrier oil. Some oils are considered “hot” which means you should not apply them directly to the skin without first diluting them. When you have a roller made up, all you have to do is give a light shake and apply whenever they are needed.

To use your essential oil roll-ons:

You can apply these to the spine or the bottoms of the feet. I usually do Immune Boom and Germ Destroyer on my kids spines (especially the base). We use Immune Boom daily during the cold and flu season or if we hear of something going around. We all use the Germ Destroyer roll on if one of us is starting to get sick. We also do a night time roller with magnesium oil, aloe, and calming essential oils on the bottoms of their feet.

What you need to make essential oil roll-ons:

cropped essential oil roll=ons

First: Check the dilution rate on the back of the bottle. If there isn’t one, use the most cautious dilution rate. Here is a dilution chart. My bottle of Immune Boom states to use a 1-3% dilution rate for topical application. Most bottles will state the same. 1% dilution is 6 drops per ounce and 3% dilution is 20 drops. My bottles are 10 milliliters, which is about a third of an ounce. Therefore, I can use anywhere from 2-6 drops per bottle. This may not seem like much, but essential oils are very powerful, especially if you are buying high quality oils such as those by Rocky Mountain Oils and Plant Therapy. Remember that more is not necessarily better when it comes to essential oils. This brings up another important point. At this rate, it will take you quite a while to go through your bottles of essential oils. They should be stored in the fridge! I didn’t know this for years. I thought they lasted forever. As it happens, some oils will keep for years, but some, such as lemon, only last about a year! Keep this in mind when purchasing and go for the smaller bottles unless it is something you know you will be using all the time.

Second: Add your carrier oil. 10 milliliters is equal to a little over two teaspoons, so I put two teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil into my bottle with a tiny funnel, dropped 6 drops of my synergy blend in, popped the roller top on and Voila! Easy as pie.

Some of my favorite roll-ons we use are Immune Boom (Plant Therapy, Kid Safe collection),  Germ Destroyer (Plant therapy, Kid Safe collection) and Nighty Night (Plant Therapy, Kid Safe collection).

immune boom and coconut oil

To use, you can apply these to the spine or the bottoms of the feet. I usually do Immune Boom and Germ Destroyer on my kids spines (especially the base). We use Immune Boom daily during the cold and flu season or if we hear of something going around. We all use the Germ Destroyer roll on if one of us is starting to get sick. We also do a night time roller with magnesium oil, aloe, and calming essential oils on the bottoms of their feet.

If you don’t have the time or desire to make your own, you can buy pre-made roll-ons from Rocky Mountain Essential Oils and Plant Therapy. Both have versions that are safe for children.

Do you use essential oils to stay healthy? What are some of your favorites?