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Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around for centuries, but you've probably never thought about adding them to your beauty routine. Here's how to make sense of these scented oils.

"We've all seen lots of products on the market, everything from skincare to hair care, even lip products that have essential oils in them. But many people don't realize that you can actually create your own concoctions using essential oils at home," says Upper Hand Salon owner Rachel Gower.

What exactly are essential oils?

"Essential oils are really the essence of a botanical. So, lavender, peppermint, jasmine, anything that grows in nature is boiled down and the essence of it becomes the essential oil," Rachel explains.

She says the key is to choose oil based on what it does, not just what it smells like.

Lavender:

  • Nourish
  • Relaxes
  • Calms
Peppermint:
  • Invigorates
  • Calms
  • Soothes
Rosemary:
  • Refreshes
  • Invigorates
  • Helps with focus
Tea Tree Oil:
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
Geranium:
  • Provides balance
Grapefruit:
  • Energizes
  • Makes you feel happy
DIY Body Moisturizer:
  • 7 drops of your favorite oil
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil (jojoba oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, castor oil)
DIY Aromatic Mist (for room or body):
  • 18-20 drops of your favorite oils
  • 1 ounce of water
  • Combine in a spray bottle. Shake every time you use it.
Customize your shampoo (one use at a time):
  • If you have oily hair, try adding about four drops of tea tree oil.
  • If you struggle with dandruff, try adding about four drops of geranium oil.
  • If you're in need of a little invigoration, and you're trying to wake up, try taking three drops of peppermint oil and three drops of rosemary. (Some people believe rosemary oil by itself will promote hair growth.)
  • If you feel like your hair is undernourished and looking a little bit dry. You can try adding about 4-5 drops of either lavender or jasmine essential oil.
Rachel says another great way to use lavender oil is actually as an antiseptic. It's only appropriate, however, for a very minor cut or even a bug bite. Just take a cotton ball and saturate it in witch hazel. Add two drops of lavender essential oil, then dab it right on your wound.

"The most important thing to remember about experimenting with essential oils is never ingest them and don't overdo it. A little bit at a time is much more effective," Rachel says.

For more information:
The Upper Hand Salon
www.theupperhand.com
713-520-0772

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