What are they?
It's very easy to get fooled by the name, but the name 'essential' oils does not actually refer to how much you need them. Essential oils are called that because they are the purest, concentrated form of a plant extract, their essence. They are liquids - oils, as the name suggests - and don't mix well with water. They can come from a plant's leaves, saps, or even flowers.
What are the benefits?
Many of the properties that make certain plants and flowers great in beauty products are drawn from their essential oils. So imagine all of the benefits concentrated into one liquid! While you shouldn't apply essential oils directly to your skin - always use a 'carrier oil' like almond, coconut, or avocado for example - when used properly they can help counteract the signs of aging, reduce scarring, and combat acne.
Sounds great, but where do I start?
Well, it depends what you're looking for! You could buy essential oils in their pure form, or look out for moisturisers, creams and other beauty products that carry the essential oils you're after. Here are some popular essential oils and what they could do for you:
This is good for helping you to sleep and promoting a relaxed feeling. It can also be used to help treat eczema. Mix it in with your favorite vegetable oil as a carrier, and apply directly.
By any other name, rose oil would still have the same incredible benefits! This fan favorite has excellent moisturizing properties. It is also antiseptic, so can help combat acne.
This Aussie oil is good for the sinuses and respiratory system, helping to clear congestion and soothe allergies.
You can buy essential oils from all the usual online stores and specialist shops too. Now that you have the lowdown, you can start exploring them!
Maybe you've already tried some. Are there any essential oils you swear by? Get in touch with us in the comments and join us on Twitter, it would be great to hear your experiences!