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Our skin deserves the best possible treatment and aromatherapy is the pathway. Taking care of your skin for optimal skin health is actually incredibly easy when we decide to keep it simple and not buy into all the items we are told we need to be youthful. Our earth has provided everything you need to stay beautiful. It doesn’t take long to see the benefits that essential oils have to protect our skin. An added benefit is that now we introduce what are known as carrier oils. Carrier or base oils are pure vegetable oils which contain their own benefits such as vitamins and minerals. Carrier oils are our base for health and beauty treatments or other treatments that require covering a large surface area on the body.

Please note: While pure carrier oils are usually the best choice for blending, essential oils are also blended with many other carriers or bases such as unscented lotions, gel, and emulsions.

For adults, a good dilution rate for carrier oil recipes is about 10-15 drops per 1oz. of carrier oil. For children and frail people, reduce drops to half per 1oz. of carrier oil.

Carrier Oils

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Sweet Almond is light in texture, high in vitamins, and rich in nutrients. It is good for all skin types and is excellent for your face oils and for a massage base. Almond oil helps relieve itching, dryness, and inflammation. It helps soften wrinkles around the eyes. It can be used 100% in dilution as a carrier.

Grapeseed oil is very light in texture and is quickly absorbed. It is high in vitamins and minerals. It is good for all skin types and effective for acne or oily skin. Good for massage use. It can be used 100% in dilution as a carrier.

Jojoba oil is excellent for all skin types. A wonderful emollient, it makes skin soft and smooth and is good for aging skin. Jojoba is most commonly used in a blend with carrier oil. A 10-20% dilution rate is suitable. Jojoba is high in protein and minerals. This natural fluid wax is extremely nourishing for your skin and hair. A good base choice for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Rosehip oil is extremely beneficial in tissue regeneration from conditions such as burns, facial wrinkles, and scar treatment. Used to reduce wrinkles and signs of pre-mature aging, it also helps to counter the drying effects of the sun. Rosehip oil can be used to help heal scars by reducing redness and the formation of keloid scar tissue.

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Essential oils can help enhance the look of your hair. Herbal preparations have been used for hundreds of years to improve the health of hair and to add luster and shine. One of the pathways that essential oils enter the body is via hair follicles, so hair treatments and rinses are wonderful ways to use essential oils.

See recipes for hair care.

Household Cleanliness and Ambiance
The first thing people recognize when they visit is the aroma your home evokes. Smell is a powerful sense and it is connected to our emotions. Smells in our home tell a lot about us such as the food we cook or if there is a smoker or a pet in the home. Essential oils allow you to choose the aromas you wish to create for home ambiance without worrying about the dangers synthetic fragrances add to the air quality of your home. However, essential oils offer more than just fragrances. Essential oils are very useful for your household cleaning and purifying purposes.

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Blending your own massage oils is fun, rewarding, and healthy. It gives you the freedom to choose the oils you want to use for the therapeutic effect you intend for your body. Your Body Needs... has several options for massage blends in our treatment rooms. We have created blends to help for a range of issues, from muscle fatigue to relaxation, and our customers love them. When you provide massage to someone at home, you can easily create your own blend and it will show you care about what you put on your recipient’s skin as well as his or her muscle tissue. Using true aromatherapy will give you a richer therapeutic result from the physical to emotional well-being.

To prepare your massage oil, pour 1oz. of your chosen carrier oil in a small glass bottle. (See Your Health and Beauty for choices. However, for massage purposes, grapeseed should be sufficient.) Add 8-12 drops of the essential oil, or a blend of up to three oils, of your choice. You should have some leftover massage oil that you can store.

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First Aid
Essential oils are excellent for use in minor first aid treatment. Many essential oils have antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral properties. You will be amazed how effective essential oils are. They are a welcome addition to your medicine cabinet.

See some first aid recipes.